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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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The Bassman – The Mighty Shadow Passes On.

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Another legend has left the earth. The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most unique calypsonians passed away at hospital this morning. He was 77 years old.

Word of his death has since spread like wildfire on social media as many send their condolences to family, friends and members of the cultural fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago.

Shadow was well admired for his unique style of vocal and stage execution. Always donning black, the veteran artist would wow crowds with simple theatrics and a bounce that many will forever know as “The Shadow”.

A former Road March King of Trinidad and Tobago, Winston Bailey contributed many carnival anthems during his career. In 1974 he had stolen the Road March race with a song called “Bassman” and in 2001 he did it again with “Stranger”. But beyond that, Shadow’s delivery of songs like “Poverty is Hell” spoke to the psyche of the nation’s people. EBUZZTT has learnt that the calypsonian was due to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies this week. He is said to have died this morning at the Mt. Hope Hospital after suffering a stroke on Saturday.

 

 

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Machel Montano Emerges to Find T&T Drenched Following Weekend Floods.

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Flood waters have devastated many across East and Central, Trinidad. Photo Credit: Rishi Ragoonath. 

One of Trinidad and Tobago’s most idolized soca artistes had been off radar for the past four days. Machel Montano has since re-emerged, having switched on his mobile phone and reconnected with the world. He says he had been on a four day retreat and had no access to his phone or any outside media. What he found upon reconnecting with social media was that his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago had suffered massive flooding and devastation.

Like many other entertainers, the Road March title holder immediately extended a message of hope to those who’ve been affected.

“This morning I was overwhelmed by the amount of messages of concern, prayer and well wishing. I was saddened to learn of the devastating floods that hit home in Trinidad and Tobago and my heart goes out to all those who are affected.”

The Siparia native who now resides in Los Angeles, explained that Trinidad and Tobago is a nation of great resilience and further saluted those who’ve helped during and in the aftermath of of the flooding. “Thank you for all the prayers and to all those who will continue to support the relief efforts,” he said on Instagram.

 

 

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