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Covid-19 Keeps T&T’s Entertainers At a Halt. Miami Carnival Moves with the Time.

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The entertainment sector across most of the world, has been heavy hit by the effects of restrictions put in place to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. In the Caribbean, the carnival thrill across the islands, anticipated by thousands annually, was halted with little hope of resurrection before year’s end, this as some borders remain closed. Trinidad and Tobago’s government is yet to reopen borders and on Saturday, it was announced that restrictions in place that affect the country’s entertainment industry, would remain in place.

An unexpected community spread of the Covid-19 virus now has the government of Trinidad and Tobago and medical officials on heightened alert. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley explained that the health and wellbeing of citizens is priority. It was only a week ago that a media statement began circulating by key players in the entertainment industry in T&T. They posted the statement to their social media platforms. In it, it was expressed that many in the sector have been out of income since March and remain in a precarious position, with mouths to feed and bills to pay.

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“You Can’t Buy Another ‘Blaxx’ At Massy Stores.” DJ Rallies For Ailing Soca Artist.

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Countless hit singles and an authentic charisma that makes us all know that Blaxx is one of the real ones, is enough for us to fight to ensure that he stays with us much longer. In fact, so impassioned is artiste and DJ, Dawg E Slaughter about ailing entertainer Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart’s medical condition that he has started an effort to help cover medical expenses for the ‘Breathless’ singer.

Blaxx has reportedly been ailing for approximately three weeks. It is understood that he has suffered kidney complications but is steadily recovering. EBUZZTT was unable to speak directly with the artist, however persons close to him explained that he is resting and recuperating.

When news emerged that Blaxx was ill, Dawg E Slaughter jumped into action, first requesting the artist’s permission before spearheading a drive to generate funds from fans and anyone who felt compelled to contribute in anyway that they could. Bank account information was shared and reposted by artistes like Destra Garcia and Shurwayne Winchester. The effort however became a talking point among some on social media who began questioning why the artiste should be assisted when “soca artistes make their millions.” Utterances like this one, and others of similar expression has led to much hurt by some members of the Soca industry. One artist, speaking on the condition of anonymity told Ebuzztt that it’s sad that the general public continuously chooses to condemn Soca artistes, when in reality, their perceptions of soca music’s creators are far from the truth.

With the exception of Soca’s veteran heavyweight, Machel Montano and a few others, the soca music industry’s contributors, according the artist, have struggled for years and now, with the pandemic, the savings of those who may have managed to save, could be exhausted. “Nobody is working and everyone of us have families, just like everybody else,” expressed the entertainer.

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Soca’s Biggest Songwriter Says, “Now We’ll Have to Do What We Should’ve Been Doing All Along.”

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The echo of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s statement that there would be no Trinidad and Tobago carnival in 2021, has sent ripples around the world, this as many people who usually look forward to the biggest street party in the world, have been forced to come to terms with the startling reality that Covid-19’s damaging effects may very well meander into another year.

For some, questions related to whether Trinidad and Tobago’s leader should have been so blatant in delivering the news that would essentially mean lost income for thousands in the industry, have arisen. Many argue that no consultation on the prospects for the festival was entertained and as such, the blatant disregard for so many who feed their families from what is the cultural embodiment of a people, seemed like a slap in the face.

Soca songwriter, Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop, the man behind thousands of Carnival anthems, including Destra’s ‘Lucy’, Patrice Roberts’ ‘Big Girl Now, ‘Peter Ram’s ‘All Ah We’ and Machel Montano’s, ‘Beat It’ and countless others, spoke with Ebuzztt exclusively, on Thursday. He said he understood the importance of the decision, but said it wasn’t the way to do it.

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