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Archived: Caribbean Blogger Jay Blessed, Angela Hunte React to CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide.

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As though a bomb has been dropped, the death of CNN’s Parts Unknown host, Anthony Bourdain has left a sad feeling in the souls of many. Here is a man, that at 61, has touched the lives of millions around the world. He told the stories of the depressed, the worn, the downtrodden and breathed  hope into the souls of those whose lives he came into contact with. Caribbean people are among those who’s feelings are in the balance today, this after it was learnt that Bourdain committed suicide in his hotel room, in France.

International songwriter and artist, Angela Hunte expressed grief today, taking to instagram to say that she had the pleasure of meeting Bourdain.

I read every book I watched almost every show and had the opportunity to even meet this amazing man Anthony you will know how you were loved by so many I learned so much from you but we will never know your pain and what u were going thru. REST IN PEACE ANTHONY BOURDAIN . – Angela Hunte. 

Bourdain’s suicidal death comes less than a week after designer, Kate Spade was found hanging from a red scarf in her bedroom. She was 55.

Today, well known Caribbean blogger, Jay Blessed also vocalized her thoughts on social media, reiterating her many previous rants on the topic of depression. Read what she had to say, below.

Anthony Bourdain visited and documented the happenings in Trinidad and Tobago just about two years ago. His reporting was met with some resistance by the people of T&T, many of whom found it to be unbalanced. The Syrian community in T&T also took a bit of tongue lashing from the public at large when one member of the community was recorded saying the Syrian community which he said accounts for 1% of the population, is the most powerful community in T&T.

 

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Skinny Fabulous Unifying the Caribbean. Artist Could Steal Another Road March.

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Gamal Doyle is heating up Soca stages once again in Trinidad and Tobago. Y’all know Gamal right? Yes! Skinny Fabulous! He’s back with pure fire ahead of Carnival 2020 in Trinidad and Tobago, delivering not just a couple hits, but several, among them, another big collaboration, this time with Machel Montano and Neil ‘Iwer’ George.

Skinny has been globe trotting over the past year. His Road March success with “Famalay,” which saw him collaborate with Machel and Bunji Garlin, afforded trips around the world in 2019. “There are no words to express how I feel following the success of the last year. All I can say is that there is strength in unity,” he said. Skinny’s a firm believer in the concept of one Caribbean people. As he moves to invade another Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, Skinny says he’s eager to give fetters exactly what they want.

“As an artist, what many see as seasonal, I view as a year-round opportunity. I am always eager to get into the thick of the action in Trinidad and Tobago, because this is where it all starts, every year,” said Skinny in a chat with Ebuzztt. This season, his releases include “Up and Up,’ ‘Naked’, ‘Soca Trend’, ‘Bacchanal Army’ and ‘Hold On’ with Team Foxx. Of course, his latest release with Machel and Iwer George is likely to be the ultimate crowd pleaser in 2020. “When we hit the stage, it will be nothing short of mass hysteria,” assured Skinny, and that it has.

A firm believer in unifying the Caribbean through culture and music, Doyle says there is unshakeable strength and power in unifying the sound, the artistes and the talent. He also feels Soca music has the potential to unify people globally, no matter social or cultural background. “We have a unique sound in this thing called Soca music. The vibration of our sound exudes pure bliss and that’s something anyone, no matter their cultural background, will feel and acknowledge. We’re going to make the whole world happy with this music, just watch!”

On February 13th , Skinny hosts ‘Fam Jam’ at Estate 101 in Trinidad. “I love the people of Trinidad and Tobago and I can’t wait to entertain them again this year,” he said. It’s his second event in T&T, with plans to keep the momentum going for many years to come.

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Machel, Iwer, Skinny Team Up in Unexpected Move.

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Machel Montano has teamed up with his long time musical rival, The Boss, Neil Iwer George ahead of Carnival Monday and Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago. St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous brings his unique, raw vibe to the track, aiding in bridging, what many, for years have speculated, was bad blood between the two Soca heavyweights, Machel and Iwer. The new Power Soca track is called, “Conch Shell” and was written by all three artists.

On his social media pages, Skinny Fabulous, whose real name is Gamal Doyle, said, “Sometimes you gotta let go of the heaviness and just free up, do music and try to have some fun with it. The same goes to the listeners. Free up and have fun with it. Its shelling time.”

Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous and Iwer George

On his Instagram page, Iwer George posted the new track with the caption, “Unity is key.” Machel Montano, who on Saturday expressed that the 2020 edition of his staple Carnival concert, Machel Monday, would be the show’s finale, posted a photo of himself in studio with his soca compatriots, expressing the need for all human beings to express love in what they do. He wrote, “Live, enjoy, be free, love, dare, believe, be curious, create, co-create, spread love and peace, be joyous, do what you love, embrace yourself and live. Divine Creator, May we make the most of life and our time here on earth. May we fulfill our purpose and souls mission and own our own lives.” 

Here’s the brand new track:

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