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CropOver Gets A Dose of Reality as Trinidad Artiste Takes A Stance.

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Barbados’ Crop Over action has been heating up. Kadooment culminates on August 6th so ahead of that, the soca artistes are engaging fans, heating up the fetes and making sure the world understands that Carnival and soca go hand in hand. Amid the fun however, Trinidad and Tobago artiste, Blackie says he’s hoping a track he’s released ahead of the festival, makes the desired inroads, if only to wake up his male counterparts.

‘Brown Sugar’ was written by Alister Edwards and produced by Jesse of Optimus Productions TT. The track sits on the Overseas Riddim. A number of other entertainers are also featured on the riddim, among them, Barbados’ Fadda Fox. For Blackie, delivering the track was an opportunity to once again place women on an elevated level, removing stigmas of sexual demonization that has seemingly penetrated hard in the past few years across a number of musical genres.

“There was a time when music sung about women, promoted love and admiration for the female sex.”- Blackie. 

“Now, we have a situation where women are being subjected to lyrics that over-sexualize them, something that could have other implications. As a man, I feel like women must be respected and held in high esteem, because despite everything that society tells us, women are still the bearers of life,” said the entertainer.

Blackie has been a part of the Soca industry for over a decade. He’s best known for his humour. This issue he’s raising however is far from humorous. This time around, the artiste who sang ‘Hook’  a few years ago, says he’s making it known that about the need for men to show love and must show women the respect and adoration they ultimately deserve. In Trinidad and Tobago alone, a number of women have suffered death at the hands of men, in the past few years. Blackie is now hoping that his effort and vocalization on the topic will encourage more Caribbean entertainers to endorse the same. “Maybe then we’ll see a decrease in violence perpetrated against women. Sometimes it only takes a little effort to make a big change,” he said.

 

 

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Youths Spiraling Out of Control in Trinidad and Tobago. RKG Stands Up.

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As the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago continues to leave many on the twin island with a bitter taste in their mouths, another local artiste has stood up in protest, using his platform to draw attention to the problem. RKG’s new single, ‘Flatline’ comes on the heels of a recently released track by Gospel singer, Jaron Nurse, that deals with the same issue of crime.

Drug abuse and gang warfare are plaguing the country. RKG says he had been in studio, prepared to lay the vocals for another ladies anthem when something struck him. “I suddenly felt like I needed to contribute something positive,” he said in a chat with EBUZZTT. The song speaks about a young man who got caught up with guns and was murdered. The second verse speaks about a young woman who got caught up with a gangster. She also died. The track’s message deals with the inevitable consequences that face people who choose negative lifestyles.

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Beenie Man to Hit South Trinidad Stage Tonight.

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Beenie Man is a dancehall legend in these parts. The King of the Dancehall is in Trinidad for what’s expected to be quite a show when he hits the stage at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad later this evening.

Beenie, who recently fathered a baby girl with partner, Krystal Tomlinson, last performed in Trinidad and Tobago at Fully Loaded in May 2017. Months prior, he performed at Machel Monday to an eager crowd of Soca and dancehall music lovers. Beenie Man remains a dancehall heavyweight with timeless dancehall tracks like, “Sim Simma,” “Who Am I”, “Murderer”, “King of the Dancehall” and countless others.

Beenie Man with his new daughter.

For months, the Freedom concert has been advertised in T&T, many eager to be a part of the excitement. The cast of veteran hit makers like Super Cat, Sanchez, Cutty Ranks and Beenie, along with top notch DJs in Trinidad and Tobago, like Dr. Hyde and Howie Tee has enthused many who’ve been yearning for a taste of the Golden years, when, as many argue, music was good!

Gates open at 9pm this evening at the Brian Lara Stadium with the show set to end at 4am. For further info, visit Freedom The Concert on Instagram.

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