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Bold Response to Popular “Zesser” Refrain. Poet Slams Glorified Thug Life.

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For the past month or so, the urban radio in Trinidad and Tobago has helped push the term “zesser”, ultimately brought into the spotlight by a song of the same name, by young dancehall artist, Trinidad Ghost. The refrain has been all the rave, with young women, from all walks of life, and even young children, singing it with delight. In the song however, reference is made to the “girls” desire for this “zesser” with lines like, “when she step inna he room, a big Glock on he dresser,” highlighting that this particular type of person is one to be feared rather than adored.

For years, there’ve been conversations in the Caribbean about the effects of negative lyrics across the airwaves- lyrics that penetrate the minds of the easily influenced. In the Caribbean, according to an Inter Development Bank study, guns are used about twice as often in robbery and three times as often in assault, as compared with the global average. Trinidad Ghost’s ‘Zesser,’ paints a glorified image of a man, loved by women for simply having a lot of gold jewelry and firearms.

While the track has made its way onto the mainstream circuit and has even been used by corporate brands like Digicel for the promotion of their products, one spoken word poet isn’t impressed. Zakiya Gill appeared on the urban radio station Boomchampions 94.1FM last week. She came prepared to challenge the prevailing lingo, using the word Zesser to instead draw attention to what’s essentially wrong about the glorification of the men being touted as zessers.

Zakiya Gill at Boomchampions 94.1FM with Bass and the Middlemen.

When contacted for comment on the debate, Trinidad Ghost told the talk show hosts that the song was being misunderstood. He said the term could be looked at in various ways, whether positively or negatively.

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Buzz Heightens Ahead of IslandBeats Super Concert. CARIFESTA Heats Up.

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Trinidad and Tobago is all the rave these days, this as the CARIFESTA XIV is being staged across the twin island Republic. People from around the Caribbean and even internationally are in T&T, experiencing the cultural experience, which kicked off on August 16th and ends on August 25th.

A number of free public events are being staged, including Caribbean film screenings and cultural symposiums. The most anticipated event however is the Island Beats Super Concert, which takes place on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah. The mega concert will be headlined by Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and the King of Soca himself, Machel Montano. The iconic Calypso Rose, Guadeloupe’s Kassav and three time International Soca Monarch King, Voice are also in the lineup.

The Island Beats Concert is the only paid event on the Carifesta itinerary but with a cast that’s jam packed with unmatchable talent, many are anticipating this showcase of true Caribbean sweetness. Tickets for the IslandBeats super concert start at $300 with Platinum VIP deck tickets being sold for $1000 at NLCB outlets across the country.

Shaggy has not performed in Trinidad and Tobago in a number of years. His performance is highly anticipated and culture lovers are eagerly awaiting performances by Kassav and Calypso Rose and the other amazing Caribbean cultural ambassadors on the cast. Get your tickets now.

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Rude Boy Orlando Takes On The Bad Boys. Attacks Senseless Rivalry.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s having a hard time arresting an out of control crime situation. Two rival gangs are at the core of many murders on the twin island, a situation that has led to lessened economic investment and consistent travel warnings to international destination seekers. One young, talented artist is speaking up and unlike others, he’s pointing out the perpetrators without fear of persecution.

Orlando Octave hails from Rio Claro, South Trinidad. He’s proven to be a faithful believer in the biblical scripture, having given fans insight into his spiritual journey, over time. The young entertainer has been to Israel, tracing the bible’s teachings and often sharing his experiences with his fans. His latest music release is a far cry from songs like, ‘Single,’ ‘ Berlin’ and ‘ Church Gyal’ – Soca tracks he’s delivered in the past.

Octave’s highlight of the Rasta City and Muslim gangs’ ongoing anarchy and it’s senseless negative effects on Trinidad and Tobago’s population, has placed him in a category that includes celebrated entertainers who’ve used their platform to highlight societal issues- artistes like David Rudder, The Mighty Shadow and Singing Sandra.

Octave started his music career in the Calypso arena. The storytelling genre, for many years proved effective for artistes who mounted stages across Trinidad and Tobago to decry the actions or inaction of empowered governments. Octave’s reggae infused track, ‘UniTTy’ is pretty much aimed at doing the same, delving deep into the core of a societal problem that is quickly destroying a land once prided as paradise on earth.

In recent time Orlando Octave has been a part of a positive clique of artistes, among them Sizzla Kalonji, Marlon Asher and IzaacKing, who’ve been preaching positivity as much as they can, via the music they deliver to the masses.

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