New music and a bag of Caribbean goodness is being touted by a man who’s stood firm in Trinidad and Tobago, for the promotion of authentic culture. As passionate as he is, Adrian Hackshaw has faced his fair share of criticism but he never stops. The Christmas season now in sight, Bass, as he’s more commonly known, has unleashed a new soca parang and it’s got some street cred too.
‘Parang Sou Sou’ plays on the recent hysteria in Trinidad and Tobago over the DSS- a financial effort, dubbed a pyramid scheme by some, which has been shut down by police and is presently at the centre of investigations in both Trinidad and Tobago. Bass, known for his swift wit, had no qualms when it came to pushing the envelope with lyrics that encourage giving via the parang sou sou.
“I always try to do all of my songs, especially the soca parang songs, in a sort of social commentary style,” he told us. He says he likes to bring things in a more realistic way to the people, explaining that the sou sou is what is presently trending and he thought to himself it would be a good play on words to include this concept into his first Soca parang for the 2020 Christmas season.
Bass thinks out of every negative, there can be positive. Notwithstanding the present restrictions in place across T&T in light of COVID-19, the radio personality and artist, says he plans on using the song to help those most in need this Christmas.
On the topic of the Christmas season and the traditions in T&T that may have been lost in some parts of the country over time, Bass told EBUZZTT that he feels it’s the perfect time to place some real focus on Christmas. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictive effects and the Prime Minister’s revelation that there would be no carnival in 2021, the artist says he feels this now offers soca parang artistes and those involved in that aspect of the music and culture industries in T&T, to receive some much needed attention.
Admitting that he comes from a family that’s always promoted love and togetherness at Christmas, Bass says it’s truly a special time of the year for him, personally. “It’s a time when we get to spend time together. It’s a beautiful thing to see the kids happy, smiles on their faces and I love the whole hustle and bustle of our tradition. As you get older you become more appreciative of that,” he admitted. With that expression, he encouraged young parents to teach the next generation good values, and love them as much as possible.
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St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous Says, “We Will Get Through This,” as La Soufrière Volcano Threatens Disaster.
The people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been placed on disaster alert by the island’s Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves as the La Soufrière volcano exhibited a change in eruptive activity. The island is now on red alert which means an eruption is imminent, according to the country’s National Emergency Management Organization.
Soca artist and song writer, Skinny Fabulous, in a social media post on Thursday night said, “Prayers be with us. Our volcano has gone into an elevated state of activities that suggest that an explosive eruption is imminent or at least highly probable. I trust that persons while being urgent, wont panic. Easier said than done I know but let’s all act in accordance with all the guidelines and protocols and do so safely. We have been planning for this for weeks. We will get through this.” Beneath his sentiments on Instagram, fellow Caribbean entertainers posted emotional expressions of hope for safety.
Evacuation orders are in place in about a dozen districts of St. Vincent, affecting roughly 6,000 to 7,000 people, a spokesperson for the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre, or UWI-SRC, told CNN.
The volcano has had five explosive eruptions — in 1718, 1812, 1814, 1902/03 and 1979 — according to the seismic research center.
Help on the way.
On Twitter, NEMO officials said cruise ships were heading to the islands to assist with evacuations. CNN reported that Carnival Cruise Lines is sending two ships — the Carnival Paradise and the Carnival Legend — to evacuate residents. The report stated that each ship will accommodate up to 1,500 residents who will be transported to neighboring islands, which have agreed to offer refuge out of harm’s way.
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Some have argued that the AG’s appearance at the event, ‘Vibes with Voicey,’ was all in good faith, arguing that all COVID-19 protocols were observed, however photos and video footage showing the AG and others mingling in close proximity with each other, without masks on their faces, have led to some outcry of double standards when it comes to the law.
Below is the statement issued today by the Attorney General.
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