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Randy Glasgow Calls for Carnival 2022 Feasibility Study.

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Even as NCC Chairman, Winston Gyspy Peters along with the Carnival Bands Association have hinted that they could be ready to pull off Carnival in February, 2022, promoter, Randy Glasgow is adamant that a feasibility study is needed before any kind of decision is made. Today, Glasgow called on Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley to refrain from taking the advice of National Carnival Commission Chairman, Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, to host any kind of carnival in February 2022, pointing to the increased COVID-19 cases and deaths in the country.

“We are suggesting that the NCC first do a feasibility study to stage a Hybrid version of Carnival in 2022, in August or September,” said Glasgow, noting that there would be no clashing of carnivals with New York or London, should they host their festivals, next year. “At this hybrid version, we must ensure that, once funding is coming from government, our soca artistes, steel pan players, calypsonians, the mas fraternity, chutney singers and other creatives be the main beneficiaries of any government financial contribution,” said Randy.

Randy Glasgow Productions CEO: Randy Glasgow.

He suggested that the hybrid version of Carnival in 2022, be used strategically, as a marketing tool to effectively promote the return of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival in 2023. “For instance, let’s use the entire roadway around the Queen’s Park Savannah as the stage for mas revellers to enjoy and display their mas, practising social distancing and observing other health and safety protocols set by the Ministry of Health and strictly enforced,” he said, adding that the same could be done across other safe zones in the country, using stadia perimeters and large recreation grounds. Glasgow endorsed the concept of carnival related entertainment events and shows across the country, using designated safe zones and facilities, but maintained that the NCC’s rationale for wanting to host some kind of carnival in 2022 “is not in the best interest of our country and the citizens at this time.”

Last week. in an interview with EBUZZTT, Mr. Peters said while the Miami Carnival model did in fact work effectively for them, this did not mean that Trinidad and Tobago could ultimately follow suit. He explained that the dynamics surrounding Miami’s culture, its people and its resources, were not the same for Trinidad and Tobago, and as such, while some elements of the festival’s execution could be emulated, he would not say this was a reason for T&T to go ahead with hosting the festival in 2022.

Glasgow, in quoting Peters via other forums as saying, “If Miami could stage a carnival, we could do it too,” said he does not agree. “First of all, Miami has the healthcare infrastructure and professional manpower to handle any COVID-19 outbreak if one did occur. T&T is not in any position presently to handle any massive outbreak if one occurred.

Glasgow further urged the NCC and its main stakeholders to work with the Ministry of Health in getting unvaccinated, creative stakeholders, vaccinated.

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Island Lime Magazine Set to Take Caribbean Energy to Global Heights.

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Both hard copy and digital, IslandLime Magazine’s on a mission. In the ever-expanding world that we now occupy, efforts continue to share the most authentic Caribbean energy, with everyone outside the Diaspora. It’s not a new idea but the man behind it has all the gumption it takes to make it make sense.

Simon Baptiste believes in the Caribbean potential.

Simon Baptiste says his team’s vision is to create a global platform that allows for the stories of Caribbean creators and creatives, to be shared with people around the world – people who are anxious to discover more about the heartbeat of the region. “Although we recognize the importance of what goes on within our region, there are also hundreds of tales – fiction and non fiction, being crafted by islanders in territories that stretch from North America ti Australia,” he said in a recent Ebuzztt chat. “It’s our job to reveal the players and the art.”

The magazine’s official launch took place on July 4th in Port- of- Spain, Trinidad and featured performances by Key DeVere and John G. In the aftermath of the launch, Simon issued a statement, thanking folks who came out in support. He explained that the rationale behind delivering the project now, lies in understanding that we – the Caribbean people, built nations. “A chain of over 700 islands, encompassing 1,063,000 square miles, has produced incomparable talent- people who have left and continue to leave an indelible mark on art, fashion, music, literature, entertainment, sports, science and technology,” he wrote. Baptiste praised his people, adding, “From Capitol Hill, to working spaces in Nairobi, to the offices of an advertising agency, Down Under, you’ll find someone who has island roots, and spreads the philosophy of what makes the Caribbean and its people so unbelievably spectacular.”

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Buju Banton Celebrates 51st Birthday Following Sold Out Weekend Shows in New York.

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He’s booked to return to New York in November but before that, renowned reggae artiste, Buju Banton will make 13 stops across the US. The Overcome Tour kicks off on August 23rd in Fort Lauderdale. The tour announcement came on the artiste’s birthday, earlier today.

Buju’s weekend double showcase at The UBS Arena has been the talk of the internet- photos and videos showing a sold out arena on both Saturday and Sunday. On stage on Saturday night, Buju – one of Jamaica’s most beloved entertainers, said God had bigger plans for him, despite being written off for a US return, by some. “They said, “you will never come back to the United States of America…” And I said to them, “let’s see what God will do.””

Buju Banton performs at UBS arena on July 13th


Online, some fans have described Buju’s performance in New York as spiritual, one person saying, “When you were ordained to do this, nobody can take it away.”
Buju returned to the US on May 2nd after six years. Prior to the weekend showcase, he had not performed in the States, in 15 years.

A media release by Destine Media confirmed a crowd of 36,000 filled the Long Island arena on the weekend. Noting the success of both shows, it was announced that Buju will now go on a multi-city tour accompanied by the Shiloh band. “The Overcomer tour will feature Billboard chart-topping special guest artiste, Fridayy,” it explained. “Known for his exceptional musical abilities, Fridayy, a Haitian American singer, songwriter, and record producer, has made waves in the music industry with his “When It Comes To You”, Stand By Me”, “Without You” and his triple Grammy nominated song “God Did” by Dj Khaled featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and John Legend.”

In a statement regarding the milestone, Buju’s manager, represented by Joesph Budafuco, expressed great pride in the entertainer’s accomplishments. Budafuco highlighted the significance of Buju returning to tour in the US after a 15-year hiatus, emphasizing the anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming tour.

An artiste known for his conscious expressions, both on stage and off, Buju celebrates his 51st year of life today. He certainly has a lot to celebrate.

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