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Fay Ann Enters Carnival 2020 With Pure Fire. She Dives!

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The Carnival scene in Trinidad and Tobago has been shaken up overnight. Like a burst of good energy, one of Soca music’s most revered female artists, Fay Ann Lyons, last night gave fans and foes something to talk about and boy will they talk!

Lyons Alvarez, known for her powerful stature and untameable spirit, performed with her husband Bunji Garlin at Sekon Sta’s birthday event, ‘Sekon Sunday’ last evening. She did not disappoint. In fact, so memorable was Lyons-Alvarez’s performance last evening that radio personalities across the airwaves can’t seem to stop talking about what she did. Haven’t heard or seen? Take a look below!

Fay Ann has always maintained her desire to keep the authentic and traditional elements of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival, alive. Last year, she made no qualms in identifying elements of rigidity in many of the small island carnivals, that were once a staple to T&T’s festival season. At Sekon Sunday last evening, she told patrons in one area of the fete that while they looked great, the fete was not a Miss Universe pageant. She then moved to the left of the stage and excitedly hyped the crowd of fetters, all of whom responded in the affirmative to her encouragement to get wild!

Over the years, Fay Ann’s straight forward sentiments have gotten her in hot water with many criticising her approach to the subject. Despite the criticism, the mother of one has remained adamant that the authenticity of T&T’s Carnival, should never be touched. For many years, Lyons-Alvarez was seen surfing across crowds, her body elevated above the heads of patrons at fetes as she stood erect on cooler covers and other hardware, much to the enthusiasm of hardcore fetters.

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Trinbagonian Mas and Mask Maker, Rawle Permanand Talks Possible Local Carnival, Covid Lessons and More.

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Mas has always been big business and mas designer Rawle Permanand, understands not just the beauty of carnival, but the economics. He’s awaiting word on the next move amid continued restrictions in Trinidad and Tobago and the the maintenance of ‘locked down’ borders. He however told Ebuzztt that there’s been some talk of a local something.

Rawle has embarked on a new enterprise, in this Covid-19 season, making masks that epitomise the beauty and aesthetic of the Caribbean and the Carnival industry. They’re being distributed overseas, even. His social media pages are awash with comments affirming the quality and beauty of his mask designs. There’s no doubt that he’s channelled his energy and passion into something that’s worthwhile, especially at present.

In our chat, Rawle told us that this pandemic has made him more aware of time, and the possibilities that we rarely think about.

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Shurwayne Delivers Just What’s Needed in Covid Times. It’s Time to Get Ready for Christmas!

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“Covid19 must not stop Christmas.”

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This is how entertainer, ShurwayneWinchester feels about the uncertainty leading into the season of goodwill and giving- a season most anticipate annually, whether by religious persuasion or simply Trinbagonian tradition. 

“Love and light, peace and giving must push through and I’m ready to make that abundantly clear,” said Shurwayne on Tuesday night as he put the final touches on a song that’s just perfect for the season ahead. The track, a melodic, vibe-filled Soca parang anthem, wascollaboratively written by Preacher and Shurwayne was released on Wednesday to mark the beginning of the 100-day countdown to Christmas. It’s called, “Leave The Drinks By TheGate”- a call to action that’s guaranteed to catch on quickly. 

Trinidad and Tobago, like many countries around the world, has felt the devastating effects of the novel coronavirus, stopping many in their tracks- artistes and entertainment professionals around the Caribbean and the world, unable to travel and earn as they typically would. “Trinidad and Tobago is a special place when it comes to Christmas. This is traditionally a time for family gatherings and while we may not be able to mingle with each other as we usually would, we can still sing the music, smile and with a bit of physical distancing, we may still even be able to take a drink at a neighbour’sdoorstep,” said Shurwayne with a chuckle. 

Endorsing all public health directives, Shurwayne says this song is meant to bring a bit of much needed cheer to the people of T&T and the Caribbean by extension, while still promoting safety. “People from all walks of life are being affected by this virus. Many are experiencing depression and anxiety. This is just a personal effort to bring back those smiles and also to let my people know that where there is love, there is hope. Love lives in our Caribbean music and so, this is love from my lips to their ears,” he said. 

“Leave The Drinks By The Gate’, like all of Shurwayne’s music, is being globally distributed, and available for streaming via globally recognized streaming platforms. “I just really want to thank everyone who has supported me, for the love they’ve shown over the years. I want to let them all know that I believe in their resilience and we’ll get through this together,” said Shurwayne. 

The song’s lyric video has been done in Karoake style and was released simultaneously with the song. Shurwayne says he wants to encourage everyone to just sing along.

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