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Buju Banton, the Warrior. Trinidad Never Saw It Coming.

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This was no festival. This was a revival… an awakening. I Am Legend- Trinidad and Tobago’s answer to Jamaica’s Long Walk to Freedom and the same in the Bahamas thereafter, was ultimately, the rudest awakening any bad boy or consummate evildoer could’ve gotten.

On Sunday evening, Trinidad and Tobago was blessed with prayer at the Queen’s Park Savannah and little did the people know that this ministering they received, as subliminal as it was, was indeed the only answer to the country’s myriad of criminal activity and other social ills. Buju’s presence in the twin island Republic between Friday and Sunday, impacted the people immensely, many having realized in a very short space of time that this man of God and grace, Buju Banton, through wisdom and words, blessed the country, tactically delivering positivity in such a way, they hardly saw it coming.

Power lies in the spoken and sung word. On Sunday night, after patrons of I Am Legend had been blessed with the amazing performances by Order featuring Ziggy Rankin, Isasha, Mr. King and Ataklan, Kes The Band, LUST with Tony Curtis and Singing Melody, Wayne Wonder, Koffee and Luciano, Buju returned to the Queen’s Park Savannah stage after 10 years, with a vibe that electrified, making it abundantly clear that he would never leave again.

Police Search Buju’s Hotel Room.

One day prior, he had been the victim of a police search. His hotel room was invaded by policemen who said they had a warrant. Banton would not allow that embarrassing misfortune to go unnoticed. Nothing found in his possession, the officers left, however Buju immediately posted his disturbance to social media. A firestorm erupted next and it set the tone for a weekend that would include a private meeting between Jamaica’s High commission, The Commissioner of Police of Trinidad and Tobago and Buju Banton himself. Needless to say, the Top Cop apologized to the entertainer. This preceded a public show-stopper one day later, as Gary Griffith mounted the festival stage to confess Trinidad and Tobago’s love for Buju and the desire to maintain amicable relations with his country, Jamaica.

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Soca Industry Called to Activate As Bahamas Reels From Hurricane Dorian.

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“I need 5 mins of your time. Been having sleepless days since Sunday, trying to figure out how are we going to do this now! It‘s time for the Whole Soca Industry to Give to what gives to us. Give back the support that is given to us. Show that you have the heart, show that we care about the recent disasters brought upon The Bahamas.”Kewin DuBois

Kerwin Dubois is calling on the Soca fraternity to help the Bahamas.

The devastation in the Bahamas is gut wrenching to say the least. Over 40 people have died and over 70,000 are homeless in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s passage last week. An all hands on board approach has been repeated by Caribbean governments and international agencies and amid that, one soca artiste has broken his silence and is calling on the soca fraternity to give back what the Bahamas has given to them, over the years.

‘Bacchanalist’ singer, Kerwin Dubois, ached by the videos and images of the Hurricane’s devastation, took to social media on Thursday. He’d created a video- some five minutes long, detailing the emotions of those who are now faced with the clean up and restoration of the tourism destination. “So what we going and do now? Every year we’re faced with this disaster. These people lost everything. You know what it is to lose everything?,” says DuBois. He says he is going to the Bahamas, expressing that he feels the need to be there to help in anyway that he can. Now, with a challenge thrown out, the artist is waiting for feedback from the stakeholders of soca- artistes, promoters and even fans, on what they propose to do, to help the people of the Bahamas.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s National Instrument Undeserving of Carifesta Main Stage?

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The Carifesta XIV experience being hosted in Trinidad and Tobago this year may have a bit of upheaval, this as Pantrinbago says the national instrument isn’t being treated with the respect it deserves.

Ace pannist Dane Gulston has spoken out on the matter of the steelpan not being included in the main concert event, “Island Beats”, which is carded for August 24th.

The Isand Beats event being hosted at the Queen’s Park Savannah, will be headlined by Machel Montano, Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and Guadeloupe’s Kassav, with other performances by young entertainers like Nailah Blackman and Voice. Gulston argues it’s outrageous that no thought was given to including the host country’s national instrument in the main stage lineup, further stating that the use of steel pan only at the opening and closing of events, is essentially a slap in the face.

Speaking on television on Friday morning, Pantrinbago President, Beverly Ramsey-Moore said while the organization, under her stewardship, has enjoyed a very good relationship with Culture and Arts Minister Nyan Gadsby Dolly, her response to the request from Pantrinbago to be included in the main stage dynamic, was unappreciated. She relayed how Gadsby Dolly seemed to have been taken aback by the request, in essence squealing, “Pan on stage with Machel and Shaggy?!”

Jamaican reggae artistes, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley were treated to the sweet steel pan music by Dane Gulston in May this year.

The Minister is yet to comment on the issue, this as social media is now abuzz with online commentators arguing that Trinidad and Tobago’s renowned national instrument- the only major musical instrument invented in the 20th century, should be loved by its people and shared with the world, at any opportunity given.

In May this year, Jamaican reggae sensation Tarrus Riley was greeted by Gulston to the sound of the steelpan, which he enjoyed tremendously.

Jamaican reggae hit maker @tarrusrileyja is certainly a fan of the steel pan. He’s in #TrinidadandTobago ahead of Saturday’s #Redemption6 concert being held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. He met up with ace pannist, #DaneGulston who showed him a thing or two. The culture of the Caribbean, while sometimes vastly different, is always wholeheartedly embraced by all Caribbean people. What a beautiful thing. #caribbean #entertainment #music #steelpan #trinidadandtobago #tarrusriley #ebuzztt

Posted by Etceterabuzz Trinidad on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reporting by: Melissa Stanisclaus.

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