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The Caribbean’s ‘Hulk’ Transitions To Higher Realms. Blaxx Has Died.

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He had never won any of those much desired Carnival titles. No Road March, no Power Soca Monarch or Groovy Soca Monarch. He was always a major contender though, bringing songs like, ‘Breathess’ and ‘Tusty’, much to the joy and delight of revelers crowd side. He was ‘Hulk’, telling us all, “never let your problems get you down, stay focused and hold your ground.” Blaxx was the voice of Soca consciousness. Earlier today, after health struggles over the past two years and a subsequent Covid-19 diagnosis, Blaxx transitioned.

Fans and friends the world over have been expressing gratitude in the wake of his passing, many acknowledging Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart’s immense contribution to the Carnival culture of not just Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, but the world.

“Over 30 plus years of friendship! Tours and touching stages together! One of the most vocally apt, powerful and indistinguishable voices in the game…but beyond the music…one of the realest and most genuine. Up to yesterday I sent one of my favourite of your songs to a friend making jokes with her..sigh…was praying daily that you would pull through brother! The Creator had other plans that only the Creator knows,” said Barbados Soca artist, Rupee.

Giselle with Blaxx.

His manager, Giselle Gellineau-Penrose said Blaxx had expressed his exhaustion to her. “Dexter you said you was tired being sick, tired of everything. You told me you have done everything you wanted to do in life and more. That you have accomplished your work in the soca industry by mentoring the younger generation. You fought a good fight. My heart is broken but God is ready for you now to sing with the angels. I love you forever,” she wrote on social media.

Austin SuperBue Lyons, a fellow stalwart in the Soca and Calypso industry said, “This one is very sad for me.” His sentiments were echoed by countless other Soca and Calypso artistes who paid tribute to Stewart on social media this afternoon.

Blaxx with Austin ‘SuperBlu’ Lyons.

Blaxx grew up in Penal, Point Fortin and Siparia. He later moved to Morvant and considered that community his home. He got his first major Soca break in 2007 with a track penned by Nadia Batson. That song was called ‘Dutty.’ A man of very humble beginnings, he once told a newspaper reporter, “I was thankful for being poor. I wish poverty could motivate people like it motivated me.”

Today, as we celebrate the life and times of Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart, Ebuzztt recalls his words in the face of societal decay. In an interview with Ebuzztt in 2020, he said, “We as artistes have a responsibility to the population. When we feel these derogatory music interferes with us, it’s worse. It interferes with the future generation- the nine- year- olds and the 7- year- olds.”

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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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