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Rags and Flags? No… Cell Phones. But, Destra Let’s ‘Em Have It!

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The feting culture has made a total 360 degree turn. We’ve gone from kicking up dust, sweating and truly palancin’, to dressing up with heels and clutches, wearing Gucci loafers and standing up front with cell phones like reporters, in carnival fetes. Yes. That’s where we’ve reached!

One carnival mainstay- the Queen of Bacchanal isn’t having it though. Much like Fay Ann Lyons has repeatedly called for over the years, Destra is today speaking out on the new-age vibe killer- the cell phone abomination in fetes. The “Soca Family” singer performed at the  Eye Slam concert event on Wednesday night in Chaguanas and while she said she had a great time being there, she seemed less than thrilled about the fact that there were so many cell phones projected in the air, recording her.

“Eye Slam Posse, allyuh real get on! Fete was ram but yuh see alluyuh and these cell phones in de fete… (squinted eye emoji)… You can only get the real soca experience if yuh let it all go! Trust me! But still…. great vibes.”

One week prior, soca artist, Voice- the reigning International Soca Monarch King, hosted his birthday event in Chagaramas, Trinidad. A photo emerged of his performance and what else was there to see, but a sea of mobile phones recording his every move. There has been tremendous mumbling about the feting culture shift, over the years. From photographers making it their business to get the right shot of patrons who seemingly go to fetes only for that purpose, to the selfie scourge while big artistes are killing themselves on stage to get patrons to move and leave with a lasting memory, the feting culture shift is real.

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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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