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Soca Artiste Bunji Garlin's 'Differentology' for Song of the Year on MTViggy
"We ready for di roadddd....." lyrics from Soca artiste Bunji Garlin's popular 'Differentology' hit song.  The Trinidadian has had a good year gracing the Soul Train stage and is chosen among the top list of 2013 Song of the Year. 
Bunji Garlin

MTViggy's As the sun sets on yet another epic year in the history of the world, it's important to contemplate the omnipresent globe-circling hits that became humanity's soundtrack in 2013.  Just kidding! That might be overdoing it a smidgen, but really, what happened this year?  read more MTVIggy Song of the Year 2013

Tessanne singing after being announced winner of The Voice 2013

Within two days after winning the American reality competition, The Voice, Tessanne Chin's rendition of the Simon and Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Waters' classic which she sang on semi-finals night, debut at #64 on Billboard Hot 100 charts.  According to Billboard, Chin's rendition sold 60,000 digital units which earn her a place on it's main music chart.  Tessanne's performance throughout the competition was an all round success as she not only brought grace and talent but proved she can move units.  Tessanne coupled with her manager Shaggy dominate iTunes Top 10 Reggae Songs chart across 8 of 21 countries.  On the US iTunes Top 100 songs chart Tessanne's first single, 'Tumbling Down' on 'Pre-Order' and scheduled for release March 2014 debut at #75 while her renditions I Have Nothing and Let It Be ft. Adam Levine have also entered the chart. Tessanne arrive in Kingston December 20, 2013 from the US to much fan fair and celebrations.

Kiprich prepares for the unexpected at STING 2013
Dancehall artiste Marlon 'Kiprich' Plunkett is in the hot seats of the highly anticipated STING 2013 live show to be held, Boxing Day, December 26 at Jamworld Sports complex, Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica.  Kiprich has won five (5) clashes to date making him the undefeated artiste in a clash at STING. But for Kiprich, "every win is a good feeling but never taken personally because my aim is not to destroy another artiste career but instead make the fans have a good time."

But while that might be Kiprich's intention the outcome of a clash puts the winner in a good steed.  It certainly cement a place on the next staging of the show in the coming year as well as other future events across the local and international Dancehall industry. Kiprich acknowledge that over the years that repertoire has been "watered down" but is hopeful 2014 will see a return of good fortunes "especially after Tessanne's success" on NBC The Voice talent competition" he said, "with her being The Voice of 2013, artistes are once again highly motivated" and not only at a competitive level according to him but also "for their own aspirations." 

l-r: Beenie Man, Kiprich, P. Diddy
And that's a very good observation, but for now his focus is on getting through 'the fire" Yup! When it boils down to a bubble, Kiprich is looking forward to clash 'whomever,' he is fearless and well prepared.  The question is, can he do this a sixth time? Well we believe with US$30,000 cash prize, an historic "Winner of STING 30 2013 Clash" title and good future prospects in terms of shows/gigs, he should. Get in the know and follow Kiprich on twitter, instagram and facebook @kipponuhbehavior.

By: Sophia McKay