Kes exceeds 6.3 million views, Shal Marshall holds steady behind | Top 30 Viewed videos Week 5 2018

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Kes’s “Hello” on the Folklore riddim remains at position #1 for the 5th consecutive on our Julian’s Promos Top 30 viewed songs on our YouTube page with 776,760 views, bringing its total to over 6.4 million views.

Holding steady with position #2 is Shal Marshals “Splinters” (546, 329 views) on the 2am Project riddim. Also on the riddim on our countdown is Kes and Patrice’s “Like I Like That” which dropped from position #10 to position #11 this week.

“Soca Kingdom” has captured the hearts of many. Usain Bolt went crazy when he heard it at a recent show. You can see the video on Machel Montano’s Instagram page (@machelmontano). Unfortunately, it hasn’t captured the number one spot yet. Soca Kingdom is rocking steady at position #3 (453,288 views).

Patrice” Patsy” Roberts is making serious fashion statements with each picture she posts on social media. Her chart topper “Sweet Fuh Days” is holding steady at position #4 with (338,077 views). “Criminal Wine” featuring Lyrikal and Millibeatz climbed back up the charts this week to position #8 (238,566 views).

Erphaan Alves “Overdue” (273,426 views) is rocking steady at position #5 this week and is gaining popularity amongst listeners, most notable is reality tv star Benzino from the hit show VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta.

Voice’s “Year for Love” on the Upendo Riddim remains at position #6 (251,597 views). Also on the Upendo Riddim, that’s still rocking on our Weekly Top 30 is Machel Montano’s, “Take it Slow” which dropped down to position 15 from #12 last week. Turner’s “Champion” moved up from position 30 to 23. 

 “Full of Vibes” Voice featuring Marge Blackman, on the My Decisions Riddim remains at position #7 this week (241,942 views).

Capping off our top ten this week capturing positions 9 and 10 is the young and spunky Nailah Blackman.  At position #9 is “O’ Lawd Oye” (235,278). At position #10 is “Soka” (219,314 views). Also, her song “Badish” featuring dancehall artist Shenseea remains at position #21.

Notable songs moving up in our Top 30 is Blaxx’s motivational song “Hulk”. “Hulk moved up two slots this week to position #12. Nessa Preppy is still showing us how de “Tingo” as she made her way back on our top 30 easing in at position #13. Spinning her way back on our charts is Jadel’s “Round and Round at position #22. Iwer George’s Savannah went up four slots to position 14. Let’s see if he can make it to the top 10 next week.

Keep it locked to see this week to see what changes we have. Please note songs on our Weekly Top 30 are songs based on weekly views. Check @julianspromos on IG for more details on our criteria

 

Written by Chandelle “Chandy” De Riggs follow me @chandymedia

“Hello” remains at #1 for the 4th consecutive week. Top 30 Viewed videos Week 4 2018

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For the 4th consecutive week “Hello” by Kes on the Folklore Riddim is the #1 tune on our Julian’s Promos Youtube page (with 790,787 views).

Holding steady with position #2 is Shal Marshals “Splinters” (536, 152 views). “Splinters” is a crowd favorite Kes and Patrice’s “Like it Like That” moved up this week making it to our top 10 at position #10 (with 210,349 views).

Moving up to position #3 is Machel Montano and Super Blue’s “Soca Kingdom” (398,176 views) which was releases only two weeks ago. “Soca Kingdom” is a major song taking over the airwaves and You Tube Soca streams. Let’s see if it can conquer position #1 or #2 next week.

Patrice Roberts “Sweet Fuh Days” is holding steady at position #4 with (363,065 views). “Criminal Wine” featuring Lyrikal and Millibeatz dropped down to position #11 this week.

Erphaan Alves “Overdue” (258,396) is currently holding steady at position #5 this week.

Voice’s “Year for Love” on the Upendo Riddim dropped down to position #6 (254,193 views). Also on the Upendo Riddim, that’s still rocking on our top 30 chart is Machel Montano’s, “Take it Slow” position #12 and Turner’s “Champion” (position 30).  “Full of Vibe”, on the My Decisions Riddim, dropped down to position #7 (251,268 views).

Coming in at position #8 is “O’ Lawd Oye” (277,837). “O’ Lord Oye” is a colorful catchy video that showsNailah’s hot dance moves while shopping for fruits in the market square.  In position #9 is her warmhearted tribute song to her grandfather (Ras-Short I) titled “Soka” (219,314 views). Also, her song “Badish” featuring dancehall artist Shenseea dropped down one slot (position #21).

Notable songs moving up in our Top 30 is Blaxx’s motivational song “Hulk” at position #14. Jamming his way up the top 30 is Dev’s “Jam” at position #15. “Jam” is a popular song charming the waistlines of many.

Keep it locked to see this week to see what changes we have. Please note songs on our Weekly Top 30 are songs based on weekly views. Check @julianspromos on IG for more details on our criteria

 

Written by Chandelle “Chandy” De Riggs follow me @chandymedia

 

 

Kes “Hello” remains number one, Blaxx “Hulk” moves up. Top 30 Viewed videos Week 2 2018

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For 2018, “Hello” by Kes on the Folklore Riddim is the #1 tune on our Julian’s Promos Youtube page (with 789,167 views) for this week’s top 30. “Hello” is an infectious tune. The Folklore Riddim has artiste like Turner “Holding On”, (position#19), Sekon Sta (at position #23) with “Aye Yo” and the lioness Nadia Batson’s “Catching Feelings” (position # 30).

Coming in at position #2 is Shal Marshals “Splinters” (520, 436 views). “Splinters” is a crowd favorite on the 2 am Project Riddim produced by Fryktion and Problematic Media. “Splinters” is a hot sexy video giving you a taste of Uber Soca Cruise 2017. Also on the riddim is Kes and Patrice with their very sensual collaboration “Like it Like That” (position 12).

“Let de pumpin start.” What is carnival without energy?  Patrice Robert’s “Sweet Fuh Days” is a spirited tune at position #3 this week (273,786 views). Her next song,  “Criminal Wine’ with Lyrikal and Millibeatz  is at position #10 (164,157 views) climbing up steadily.

Love seems to be Voices formula. Coming in position #4 is Voice’s “Year for Love” off the Upendo Riddim (257,841 views). The Upendo Riddim has heavy hitters like Machel Montano with his song “Take it Slow” which is at position #8 with (207,110 views this week). Another song on the riddim whose video made it on our countdown is Turner’s “Champion” (position 24).Champion is a nostalgic video that pays homage to the icons of Soca/Calypso.

Erphaan Alves is a very talented singer and songwriter. One of his carnival favorites “Overdue” (256,603) has crept up and grabbed the hearts of many. The video is rather sentimental and very relatable to all lovers out there. “Overdue” is currently holding position #5 this week.

Another popular couple’s anthem, holding position #6 (with 242,093 views) is the beautiful tune by Voice and Marge Blackman’s “Full of Vibes” off the My Decisions Riddim. Full of Vibes” overall has over 2.2 million views and counting.

Also from the Blackman family is Nailah Blackman. Nailah took it back with her song “Sokah,” paying tribute to her late grandfather, the God-father of Soca, Ras Shorty I. Sokah is in position #7 (235,004) this week. Nailah has a few other tunes on our charts this week. O’Lawd Oye (188,401) at position #9. “Badish” featuring dancehall artist Shenseea (position #20). Nailah is a budding artist that has a unique sound and sense of style. The ladies in Soca are making a high impact.

Nessa Preppy is another rising star in Soca. Her song “Tingo” (position 14) is creeping up the charts. This catchy tune has a wicked video that has massive sex appeal where Nessa shows you how de tingo.

Another positive song is Blaxx “Hulk” (position 25). Hulk is a song that inspires a person to stay strong when things aren’t making sense. Keep it locked to see if makes its way to our top ten next week.

Written By Chandelle ‘Chandy’ De Riggs

Sekon Sta – 2017 Artist to watch

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Most people strive to be number one, but Nesta Boxill is ok with being the “Sekon Sta” in his family. Sekon Sta is the son of Calypsonian Dennis Franklyn “Merchant” Williams. Williams brought hits like “Caribbean Connection” and “Rock It” among many other songs.  His success inspired Sekon Sta to reach to the top. Who could forget his sweet tune “The best” on the Kan Kan Riddim, or “Night Shift” on the Set Good Riddim? Sekon Sta has been singing since 2001.

In 2005 he was the youngest person to make it to the International Groovy Soca Monarch competition in Trinidad at the age of 15. One would identify Sekon Sta as not only a great singer and remarkable stage performer but also as an exceptional writer. In the past he’s written for artist like: Kerwin Dubois, Patrice Roberts, Nadia Batson, Lil Rick and 5 Star Akil. He also wrote King Bubba’s “Who drinking Rum.” His writing and passion for success has driven him to the top for 2017. 

Sekon sta permeates energy and it shows in his song “Kings and Queens.”  “Kings and Queens” produced by Mega Mick written by Sekon Sta and Preedy, has picked up and gained the hearts of many. The colorful video shows the true beauty and essence of Trinidad and Tobago. He’s a humble youth who thought at age 21 he would never make it into music. A few years later his hard work and dedication has made him a name to remember. You can check out “Kings and Queens”on our You Tube page.

Follow Sekon Sta:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sekon.sta

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sekonsta

https://soundcloud.com/sekonsta


Written by Chandy
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Nailah Blackman – 2017 Artist to watch

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We all know Soca gives a great workout, whether dancing in the club or jumping up behind a truck. This young vision is no stranger to the music scene. However, 2017 has proven to be a stellar start for this 19 year old’s career. I’m referring to the beautiful Nailah Blackman, daughter of Abbi Blackman, granddaughter of the “father of Soca” “Ras Shorty I.” Clearly, music is in this young lady’s blood. Her family is her biggest influence in her life. They encouraged her to sing, write and play her own musical instruments, most notably the guitar. Nailah believes writing is her therapy.

She began singing at the budding age of 4. Two years later she entered her first Calypso competition. Although she started singing at an early age, it was at age 11 she became adamant about being a professional singer. What better way to ensure and mold her success but to be taught by one of the best? Nailah joined the family gospel band where she sang back up under her aunt Nehilet Blackman’s supervision. Her aunt realized she has another star on her hands, and gospel music was just one of many genres Nailah seemed to conquer, and there were other areas she had to tap into. At age 15 she left the family gospel band and went solo where she worked on demos with her uncle Issac Blackman. While in high school she was a dancer at the Shiv Shakir Dance Company.

She loves Soca but doesn’t want to be identified under just one genre her style of music is World music; a fusion of pop, Soca and Indie music. She released her first song on You Tube last year “Cigarettes” which has a heavy East Indian Arabic influence. “Cigarettes” caught the attention of Kees Dieffenthaller, (lead singer of Kes the band). With hard work and endless effort, the two produced a hot track called “Work Out.” “Work out” is produced by Anson Pro, written by Xone, Nailah Blackman, Mical Teja Williams, Anson Soverall, Preedy and Kes. Not only is Nailah a talented musician, singer and songwriter but Nailah designs her own clothes. Who knows maybe this fashionista will have a clothing line in a department store near you. Between her singing, dancing and sense of fashion her a style is truly a cynosure among many. I expect to see more from this young lady. Check out the hit tune “Work Out” on our YouTube page.

Follow Nailah Blackman:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nailah.blackman
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/nailahgoodmusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPPoZC8JJ8bPr5FAXvw4B0A/videos

https://soundcloud.com/user-nailahblackman


Written by Chandy
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Voice, Definitely Far From Finished

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A sensational burst of inspiration emerged onto the soca scene for 2016. This inspiration is the very talented singer/songwriter Aaron “Voice” St. Louis of San Juan Trinidad and Tobago (not to be confused with Young Voice based in Brooklyn). For 2016, Voice gave us “Cheers to life”, where he won the 2016 Soca Monarch competition, making him the youngest monarch winner in Trinidad and Tobago. For 2017, he brings us another inspirational tune, “Far from Finished.”

“Cheers to life” (commonly known as winner) was the party anthem for 2016, a perfect segue for his latest tune.  “Far From Finished”, written by Voice, produced by Fisherman Project and mixed by Precision Productions, has a nice blend of chutney and groovy soca. The lyrics rope you in with the beat. In this song, Voice gives you a glimpse of his life after his 2016 Soca Monarch win. Voice is currently attending the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, where he’s studying Theatre. Some may remember his tracks, “The Master” (2014), “Skillful Bumper” (2014), Vision (Belefonte Riddim, 2014) and of course his 2016 hit, “Cheers to Life.”  Take a listen and feel the vibes, “Far From Finished” is truly an inspirational track. I’m definitely looking forward to other tracks Voice may have coming up for the 2017 carnival season.

This blog was written by Chandy Ablaze chandy.ablaze@gmail.com or follow me on IG @Chandy_Sweet and on Facebook and Twitter at Chandy Sweet.

Dymez – Doh Hold No Malice, A Fresh Name To Soca

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“If I take a wine on de side doh argue fuss or no fight, doh hold no malice, ah don’t want we love life to die but tonight ah taking a wine.” Anyone who has ever been in a relationship during Carnival can definitely relate to the first two lines of this song. At some point the bass, the drums, the lyrics hit your head compelling the listener to take a wine. “Malice” is a big tune for Dymez for 2016. Here are a few things about this charismatic artist you may not know. The name Dymez came about for a few reasons. Dymez was constantly regarded as a “hustler” in school. He was always crafting a way to make money, (coins, dimes).  Dymez has been in the business making musical contributions since 2010. It was last year where he decided to venture into soca. The two songs he released last year were “Drinkers Anthem” and “Gal Ben Up.”  What makes him stand out from the rest is his writing capabilities and unique personality. For him music isn’t solely dependent on your style and delivery. Music also represents ones culture. “Dancehall is Jamaica’s culture so the masses rapidly link reggae to Jamaica. Regardless of how good you can deliver the songs ragga soca/soca are most associated with the culture of St. Vincent so choosing to focus on soca was very important”.  You can check for Dymez tracks on Julianspromos You Tube page. Also look out for is power soca track “Wuk Him Out” featuring Da Pixel. For bookings contact: islandshakent@gmail.com Follow Dymez on social media @dymez784.

 

Article written by: Chandy Ablaze, email her at chandy.ablaze@gmail.com follow her on Facebook and Twitter @Chandy Sweet and on IG @Chandy_Sweet

Who is Chewalee and why should we care?

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Left to right: Chewalee, Lestor “Mac” Iroha, Hypa 4000

There is a Yoruba proverb “what you give is what you get ten times over,” the artiste Chewalee is a living testimony of this. Chewalee is a relatively young artiste in the soca business (2 years) and has managed to capture the Ragga Soca Monarch crown for 2016 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with his tune “Rumist”.  Chewalee can not only sing and write songs but he’s also a local pannist, he has been for over eight years. He’s a man in touch with his culture and tradition. Keeping the culture alive is something he’s passionate about. He loves Soca however, he saw it necessary to venture into Calypso, a genre he felt needed something “special” (after all that is what Chewalee means). Soca brings joy, but calypso gives an artiste the flexibility to tell a great story.  The 2016 Ragga Soca competition was a first for Chewalee. He entered into the competition as an underdog pulling position #8 (which in his opinion was great slot). If you were in the crowd that night (like I was) there was immense joy in the crowd, as soon as the beat dropped there was pandemonium in Victoria Park. The crowd began “What we drinking? RUM!” As he started to sing “When I step inside a fete, just give me a Sunset. Rum de best spirit nothing can compare to it.” The fire from the Baygon sprays ignited in droves. Everyone started to singing and jumping Victoria Park was in mass hysteria. If you were there you just had a feeling this was the song that was going to win. “Rumist” is produced by Lester Iroha and is just one of three big wins for 4th Dimension Productions.

 

The producer had an epic carnival season, closing Vincy Mas 2016 capturing the Soca Monarch/Road March win with Hypa4000 hit song “No Behavior.” Chewalee attributes a great amount of his success to his producer Lester Iroha for molding him and giving him the confidence to enter the competition. Chewalee currently has a reggae track called “Uncensored Wine” from the Summer Body Riddim from 4th Dimension Productions. Like any artiste, if given the opportunity he would love to work with other producers such as Red Boyz, Kubiyashi, and Fryktion Muzik. Staying relevant is something many artiste struggle with, especially in the Soca industry. In order for Chewalee to stay relevant, he believes it’s important to learn the business aspect of music. For him music consists of 90% business and 10% talent. In any business staying relevant is important, and having a mentor or someone you admire is one way of keeping up with the times. He admits he admires Skinny Fabulous for his talented contributions while staying true to Vincy culture and Problem Child for his impeccable writing skills.  It’s a dream for him to work as a singer, or songwriter with Skinny Fabulous, Kevin Lyttle and or Machel Montano.  A long-term goal he has is cultivating his legacy by having his music go international, making money and giving back to his community. Chewalee is a story about perseverance, determination, and humility. New to the industry yet he’s made a mark for himself in his country and diaspora. Chewalee is a true reminder of “what you give is what you get ten times over.” He is a talented young man one we should all look out for.   Check out more from Chewalee on Julianspromos TV on You Tube. Also, you can connect with Chewalee via social media @chewaleej.

 

  • Favorite dish– pizza or whatever mommy cooks.
  • A Pet Peeve– bad mindedness.
  • What inspires Chewalee– hearing and knowing great songs makes me wanna sing and make great music.
  • Something people wouldn’t know about Chewalee– “music gets me emotional there are songs and instrumentals that bring tears to my eyes and those aren’t necessarily love songs”

Notable Quote: “Music isn’t just a hobby, its hard work, and God given talent”

 

Written by Chandy Ablaze chandy.ablaze@gmail.com or follow me on IG @Chandy_Sweet and on Facebook and Twitter @ChandySweet.

 

2014 Toronto Jouvert Highlights

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2014 Toronto Jouvert Highlights – Toronto Carnival Weekend 8/1/14

2014 Jab Jab J’ouvert Highlights From Toronto Carnival Weekend @ The Wilson Avenue Arena 1677 Wilson Ave / Toronto. http://www.jabjabjouvert.com | Video Coverage By Julian (https://www.julianspromos.com) out of NY, Host on Mic: Chandy (https://www.facebook.com/ChandyAblaze). Water, Pain, Powder, Mud, Oil & More.

Performances From K Rich, JW & Blaze, Blaxx, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Lavaman, Tallpree, Skinny Fabulous & Iwer George. Event was Presented By CVR Empire | Soul Vibes Promotion | FMC

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