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KING BUBBA SHINES AT ILLUMINATE

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King Bubba and Company should take a bow for a job well done. It was the perfect kick off to Crop Over 2017 when King Bubba, in association with Baje International and Slam 101 FM, put on the first ever fete Illuminate, which came off at Copacabana. And from the looks of things, come next year, the organizers may have …

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THE CITY COMES ALIVE

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CROP OVER in The City was lit! The fifth annual concert hosted by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, in association with the National Cultural Foundation was the right elixir to put the large audience in the right mood for Crop Over. Barbadians and tourists flocked to Independence Square on Thursday evening to hear, see, dance and enjoy some of …

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DEEVINE: WHAT ABOUT ME?

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DISRESPECTED AND BELITTLED. That’s how Barbadian soca artiste Denise DeeVine Phillips is feeling today after the controversy surrounding the release and recording of We De Same versus Same Way. The bacchanal follows the release of Barbadian artiste Nikita’s Same Way on Monday. The songs were written by Trinidadian Jason “Shaft” Bishop. He said he forgot that he sold DeeVine the …

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COSCAP TO ARTISTES: GET IT IN WRITING

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In the wake of the debate about the release of the same song by two different artistes, two years apart, the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (COSCAP) has issued guidelines on ‘Understanding The Rights of a Song’: “When someone (or multiple persons) writes a song (lyrics and composition or composition only) they are the original owner(s) of copyright. The …

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BAD BUSINESS, SAYS BAJAN SONGWRITER

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A Barbadian songwriter has weighed in on the shocking scenario which has found artistes Deevine and Nikita releasing essentially the same song two years apart, calling the situation “bad business”. Rommel ‘Sanctuary Vibez’ Bennett, who has been writing for over 10 years told Loop News it is the responsibility of the writer to inform singers and producers if their content has been used previously. …

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DEEVINE AND NIKITA SINGING DE ‘SAME’ SONG

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‘I did not know until Monday morning’. This is what both singers, DeeVine and Nikita have said, following the controversy surrounding their tracks ‘We de same’ and ‘Same way’ respectively. DeeVine who was born in the UK and raised in Barbados told Loop News: “I feel disrespected by Shaft, hurt and embarrassed also, because people are not interested in what …

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SHAFT ‘FORGOT’ HE GAVE SONG TO DEEVINE

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TRINIDADIAN SONGWRITER JASON Shaft Bishop says he “genuinely forgot” that he had sent the same song to DeeVine in 2015 when he sold it to Nikita this year. Responding to the controversy surrounding the song released by Nikita for Crop Over 2017 entitled Same Way, Shaft Vibes Entertainment said Shaft expressed regret at the turn of events. “In 2015, Shaft sent …