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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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Miami Carnival 2019 OFFICIAL Results. ‘Famalay Wins Road March.

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Skinny Fabulous’ masterpiece of a Soca tune, collaboratively sung with Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin, has won the Miami Carnival Road March. Results for all major competitions were revealed on the weekend.

Take a look below:


MIAMI CARNIVAL 2019 – COMPETITION RESULTS

FEMALE INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR, 2019

  1. Rennie Wilkinson portraying ‘Sun on Ice” from Natural Disasters Mas.
  2. . Soowan Bramble, portraying “Moulin Rouge” from Euphoria Mas.
  3. Jessy Schuster portraying “Aviant, for Revels Labyrinth” from Revel Nation Carnival.

MALE INDIVIDUAL OF THE YEAR, 2019

1. Andalcio “Andy” Lewis portraying “The Ice Man Cometh” from Natural Disasters Mas.

QUEEN OF CARNIVAL, 2019

  1. Thesha “Trini” Lashley portraying “Freedom – World Peace” from Party Room Squad.
  2.  Joanna De La Rosa portraying “Phantom Flora” from Revel Nation Carnival.
  3.  Nicole Moreta portraying “La Marye” from Ti Chapo.

KING OF CARNIVAL, 2019

  1. Percy Maynard portraying “Juda.Ra: The Last Pharoah” from Ramajay Mas International
  2.  Kenneth Antoine portraying “The Ice Pheonix” from Natural Disasters Mas
  3. Joseph Apoleon portraying “Le Marye” from Ti Chapo.

BAND OF THE YEAR, 2019

  1. Freaks Mas portraying “The Oddessy”
  2.  Ramajay International portraying “Reign: The Rise of an Empire”
  3. Big & Strong/One Island portraying “Shen Yun (Inspired) Dynasties”
  4. Generation X portraying “The Beauty in Chaos”
  5.  Revel Nation Carnival portraying “Revels Labyrinth”
  6. Euphoria Productions portraying “Stages”
  7. Bajan Fuh Evah portraying “The Hunt – to be or not to be”
  8. Party Room Squad portraying “Alta Moda”
  9. Major Players Inc. portraying “Vogue”
  10. Natural Disasters Mas portraying “Festivals of the World”
  11. D Junction Mas portraying “Playhouse where Fantasies come alive.”
  12. K-Paya/Red Antz Miami Portraying “Expressions”

ROAD MARCH 2019 (Calypso most played)

  1.  Famalay (Machel Montano/Bunji Garlin/Skinny Fabulous.
  2. Nasty Up (Problem Child)
  3. Savannah Grass (Kes The Band)

PANORAMA RESULTS (October 11, 2019)1. New Generation Branches, playing “Savannah Grass”2. Sticks ‘N Tones, playing “Hookin Meh”3. Miami Vibez, playing “Hookin Meh”4. Steel Away, playing “Iron Love”

JUNIOR CARNIVAL (October 5, 2019)

TODDLER FEMALE

Angeline Lawrence portraying “Curious Alice” from La Familia

TODDLER MALE

Atom Cumberbatch portraying “De Man with De Hammer” from La Familia

JUNIOR FEMALE INDIVIDUAL

  1.  Amiley Irish portraying “Tropical Fruit Princess” from Fun Generation Too
  2.  Annaliza Joseph portraying “It’s Market Day” from Fun Generation Too
  3. Keliya Buddington portraying Fireworks in de Festival” from Natural Disaster

JUNIOR QUEEN OF CARNIVAL

  1. Shani Butler portraying “Flpora and Fauna” from Fun Generation Too
  2. Amayia Armstrong portraying “Goddess of the Garden” from D Junction Mas Jr.
  3. Kyalah Buddington portraying “Celebration Time” from Natural Disaster

JUNIOR KING OF CARNIVAL

  1. Brendon Simmons portraying “Fireman in De Festival” from Natural Disaster.
  2. D’yonn Pauly portraying J”Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi” from Major Players.
  3. Alexander Moore portraying “Tropical Fish in the Ocean” from Community Vibes.

JUNIOR BAND OF THE YEAR

  1. Fun Generation Too portraying “Fruits and Flowers”
  2. Natural Disaster portraying “In De Festival”
  3. Party Room Squad portraying “Fantasy Garden”
  4. Royalty Kids portraying “Climate Control”
  5. La Familia portraying “Alice in Socaland”
  6. Major Players portraying “Dynasty-Ancient China”
  7. D Junction Mas Jr. portraying “In My Garden”
  8. Wassi Babes portraying “This is the Place”
  9. Break Awae Kru portraying “Just Clowning Around”
  10. Euphoria Minis portraying “Off Broadway”
  11. Community Vibes portraying “Out of the Tropics”

China Mas Kids and Moko Jumbies participated, but did not compete.

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Kanye West Gives Jamaica A 2 Hour Long Sunday Service; Brings Jesus Front and Centre.

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The superstar that he is, has been humbled, replaced by a man of strong faith and blossoming spiritual understanding. Chicago born US rapper and often controversially charged, Kanye West performed with a 120 man choir at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night.

West who’s been on a spiritual journey since April, performed for two hours at the arena, ending his set with his popular rap anthem, ‘Jesus Walks.’ Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian was not on the island.

Ebuzztt understands that included in Kanye’s repertoire were songs like, Damian Marley’s, ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ and the gospel hit, ‘Prince of Peace.’ The entertainer took the opportunity, during his set, to thank the people of Jamaica, saying, “I just want to thank Jamaica for the open door they gave us. I want to thank the Government, the police and the people of Kingston.”

West’s services have, thus far, been held in Los Angeles, Wyoming, Chicago, Detroit, New York City, Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C. It is reported that he plans on taking the Sunday Service show to Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Here’s a snippet of the event, held on Friday night.

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