Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bits & pieces - Machel's rant, Rihanna's statement and more...

So much has been going on these past few days - the Rihanna situation, Trinidad Carnival, New York Fashion Week, that it's hard to get it all in but we're trying!
First off, we have some behind the scenes pics (compliments E-Zone Entertainment - big ups to Lisa Wickham - that woman is everywhere) of Destra's upcoming Bacchanal music video.
photo credit: E-Zone Entertainment

 In other Destra-related news, islandistas would have noticed that she has teamed up this season with her former nemesis, Denise 'Saucy Wow' Belfon. Alison Hinds is also in the mix, as the three of them are on a song called Obsessive Winers. They are calling themselves the Three Ss - Saucy, Sassy (for Destra's song Sassiness) and Sexy.

However, in light of Destra and Denise's well-recorded cat fight a few years back, eyebrows might have been raised to see them performing together. However, both Destra and Denise have said that is all water under the bridge and that they are like sisters.

In an interview with Bajanfuhlife, Destra said:

 “The damage has been repaired....“Sometimes, as an artist, tensions run high and you tend to fall into a trap of competition. But that is history now…. You learn from your mistakes and move on.... We live like sisters.... We sleep at each other’s homes and sometimes eat from the same plate. That is how close we are."

Belfon concurred, adding:
"That is water under the bridge as far as I am concerned.... I think we had gone to the extreme. At that time, we were both hyper and were noted for not taking any nonsense. In any relationship, teeth and tongue must clash. That is all part of life. You live and you learn."

  And just as the ladies making up, the fellas getting into this beefing t'ing which is really so un-soca. Islandistas outside of Trinidad who were watching the Soca Monarch finals on Tempo last night may have heard Iwer George refer to a situation with Machel Montano and Shurwayne Winchester that went down at Alternative Concept 7  last weekend and ask the crowd if they feel Machel should apologise to Shurwayne. 
If, like us you were puzzled at first (seriously, where are the Trini gossip sites/blogs anyhow? We've been looking to little avail...), don't worry, here is what went down, courtesy of SourPuss at The Lime:

So ok! Saturday 14th February, 2009 at the Hasely Crawford National Stadium. The Alternative Concept 7, dubbed Heavenly Drums. However, immediately following a stellar performance by Shurwayne Winchester, Prestan, Mastamind, Maxi Priest & Y.O.U., I was witness to some not-so-heavenly behaviour by Mr. HD himself in the backstage area.  They were having a fantastic set in my opinion and I couldn't see anything that went wrong. During the performance Mr. HD was spotted having a time before his appearance on stage and all was well until one point in the set where the band started to play this popular dance/techno track. I can't remember the name now, but anyways. I stood observing as "de boy" stormed to the stage demanding that the performance be stopped.

At this point I was like, "Ok then! More bacchanal." So after the abrupt end to the Y.O.U. performance, I made my way to the backstage area to grab some refreshments and that's where the real show started. Mr. HD himself came storming demanding to see Mr. Winchester shouting, (and I quote) "Where Mr. Shurwayne Winchester? Where dat disrespectful p***y-hole?" He continued to hurl obscenities down the corridor until he finally caught up with the Y.O.U. head man. At that point he proceeded to verbally abuse his fellow bMobile endorser (and I quote again) "Dat is what yuh go do? Yuh go copy my f***in' ideas and do it before me? On my f***in' show? Yuh f***in' disrespectful! Yuh is ah disrespectful p***y-hole! Dat is what yuh go do? After I give yuh ah f***in' shot?!" He carried on with this for quite a couple minutes, yelling and cursing to Mr. Winchester's face, while the bigger man motioned to his band members to back off and leave Machel alone.Mr. Montano ended his rant saying "F***in' God will deal with allyuh!" One thing though, throughout his entire juvenile tantrum, he was smart enough to not lay a finger on his fellow artiste with his whole band standing there. Mr. Winchester showing true class, let him have his word until he was satisfied and simply gathered his troops and made his exit. 

Well... damn. All uh dat Machel? Fuh one little techno tune? It can't be that serious - you are Machel Montano after all, boss performer - Shurwayne's performance can't detract from yours. Moreover, he lucky Shurwayne tek it so calm because... umm... well Shurwayne coulda burst he tail, easy.

Anyhow, what is Carnival without a little commess? Onward!

Rihanna has been spotted in Los Angeles - she apparently left Bim late last week but is expected back soon. She has also released a statement thanking her fans for their support. It was short and to the point, saying only:

“At the request of the authorities, Rihanna is not commenting about the incident involving Chris Brown. She wants to assure her fans that she remains strong, is doing well, and deeply appreciates the outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time.”

Keep your head up, hon.


  1. youcouldbelievethisFebruary 21, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    The funny thing is that Shurwayne is using the same techno tune Machel is using in his performances. It may be innocent but the coincidence is odd. But Machel should have behaved differently.

  2. amm
    i think machel need to cool down i ain kno wha wrong wid he and another thing he feel he over people and on a whole nother level.. stupse amm right
    and even tho he mite be he ain gotta get on so stupseeeeeee.

  3. Mr Montano trying very hard to be a "role model" and is failing miserably

  4. machel let down his self with that behaviour. he jus lower his standard and turned me off

  5. it was rumored however, that sherwyne has been using that same techno thing during the carnival season for some of his performances.
    so how can it be machel tune????????????????

  6. what i want to know is when the techno people(don't know the name yet) coming to cuss out Machel and make a scene.