A number of Trinidad and Tobago entertainers are being booked for a major celebration event being planned in Trinidad, for the release of Buju Banton- an artiste considered by many to be one of their own, despite him being of Jamaican nationality. Buju’s music has blared incessantly on the airwaves in Trinidad and Tobago throughout his 9 year incarceration in the United States. His name too, has remained on the tongues of every radio personality and DJ.
Isasha, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s more prominent reggae artistes, told EBUZZTT that he’s incredibly excited and honored to have been considered by promotional outfit, High Frequency Entertainment, for the Reunification Roadshow being planned for Saturday, December 8th in Trinidad.
The event, which is making the promo rounds across the urban dial and online, is expected to begin at 12 noon at the top of Frederick Street in Port-of-Spain, traveling downtown and onward to Ariapita Avenue, with entertainment by Isasha and a number of other amazingly talented artistes, some of whom are being flown in for the event. “It’s truly an honor to be considered for this cast. It’s also going to be an honor to get the opportunity to share the stage with Buju when he’s released,” said the singer.
Isasha recently released a song called, “We Got Love”- a track dedicated to victims of recent flooding on the island. Commenting on his anticipation for Buju’s imminent return to the stage, Isasha said he, like many other artistes, grew up listening to Buju’s music, explaining that the Til Shiloh album is irreplaceable to him. “His career is going to be boosted- we are sure about that,” he highlighted, adding that despite what the artiste would have endured while incarcerated, he certainly would have gotten the time needed to reflect on his life, and spend time with God.
The Reunification Roadshow will be a true celebration of Buju Banton’s body of work, with true fans being given the opportunity to come out and show their support for the reggae icon. “We felt the need to do this for the people. Many of Buju’s fans have stood patiently, waiting for this day. We could never let it just pass by,” said the event organizer. Isasha meanwhile, told EBUZZTT that he knows the people are going to be very hungry to see the ‘Hills and Valleys’ singer. “Out of something bad, comes something good. Buju will be in high demand,” he said.
Already planning to deliver a powerful performance at the Reunification Roadshow on December 8th, the T&T artist said he plans on performing with a live band. “This will be a proper show,” he assured. Beyond the Reunification, Isasha told us he continues to work on delivering music videos for new songs and also has another tribute in the pipeline for his brother, Million Voice who passed away in August.
Grenada Shines! Soca Shines Too as Mr. Killa Gets a Space on Mainstream TV!
Grenada for the win! One of the island’s most notable artistes, Mr. Killa has brought the energy of Soca to the big screen, internationally.
The ’Rolly Polly’ singer broadened his market reach earlier this month after his voice was used by the executive producer for the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, Glenda Cox. Ebuzztt understands that the production team reached out to Mr. Killa, citing his unique sound and versatility. The artist who co-owns a company called, Rebel1 Entertainment, essentially went on to create the show’s theme song, ”Housewives in the Island Babay.”
The opportunity is a significant one for Caribbean culture as Mr. Killa, who’s real name is Hollice Mapp, along with his team, have stepped into a space that hasn’t been easy to gain footing in, by most Caribbean music genres, especially Soca.
Here’s a look at the Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip!
New Soca Parang Speaks Love, But Artist Questions Present State of T&T with Covid Cases Rising.
Three days after Trinidad and Tobago’s government suspended the State of Emergency that had been imposed on citizens, restricting movement between 10pm and 5am, entertainer, Adrian Hackshaw, who’s best known as Bass, says, ”it seems like we’re back to square one.”
A new Soca parang track released for the Christmas season, the well known radio personality and artist said he had hoped that the lifting of the SOE would see a return to small scale events and some sort of active nightlight with the use of government’s mandated ’safe zones’ – spaces where only the vaccinated would be allowed access. Today however he is unsure, and laments the present predicament the country finds itself in, with an increased number of people being hospitalized for Covid-19.
On November 18th, seventeen COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Trinidad and Tobago by the Ministry of Health, taking the total death toll thus far to 1,908. There were 537 new Covid-19 cases accounted for by health officials on Thursday and 480 persons hospitalized. The country’s government last week said they would not be going back on efforts to move forward and urged persons to take advantage of readily available vaccines.
“With these increased cases it feels like we’re back to square one even though the rest of the world seems to be moving forward,” said Bass. He pointed to the lyrics of his new Soca Parang release, “Christmas Is Love,” saying, ”I pray and continue to hope for the best. I pray that we all do what’s best for each other and I urge everyone to share love with each other this Christmas and beyond.”
Bass has always been an avid contributor to both the carnival and Christmas landscape in Trinidad and Tobago. He is just one of many artistes who remain hopeful that some semblance of normalcy will return to T&T so that their livelihoods can be returned along with it.
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