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Archived: Tommy Lee Still Being Scrutinised In Trinidad

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On this the one month anniversary of Tommy Lee Sparta’s disastrous appearance in Trinidad, the entertainment watchdogs on the island continue to lambaste the  new age Jamaican entertainer with harsh criticism, many saying his music should be completely banned on radio stations in T&T.

Jamaican dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee

Jamaican dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee

This morning, prominent radio presenter Third Bass, speaking on his urban programme, The Middlemen Morning Show, asked callers to identify music they felt should not be played on air. Well, that was nothing short of a condemnation attack on the Flankers native. For weeks since his departure from Trinidad on March 24, Tommy Lee’s name has been subjected to bouts of trashing on air and not to mention among members of the public who claim the artiste’s demonic lyrical outbursts could prove damaging for the youths who listen to his music.

DJ’s on some frequencies in Trinidad continue to play Tommy Lee’s songs however, claiming that it’s what the youths yearn to hear. For Third Bass and his DJ- The Ultimate DJ Shane, anything by Tommy Lee is a no-no. From early on Bass had indicated his disapproval of the artiste’s verbal appreciation for demonic elements, more so with his ‘Uncle Demon’ stage persona. Today,  his appreciation of the artiste’s persona and the music he releases, remains much the same as when Tommy Lee Sparta became a big name on the island.

The Jamaican dancehall entertainer meanwhile, blamed the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago for the very small turnout at the Guaracarra Park venue on show night in a subsequent article relative to the show on March 31st. What do you think? Should Tommy Lee’s music be completely banned in Trinidad and Tobago and even in Jamaica and other places? Have your say in our poll below.

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Buzz Heightens Ahead of IslandBeats Super Concert. CARIFESTA Heats Up.

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Trinidad and Tobago is all the rave these days, this as the CARIFESTA XIV is being staged across the twin island Republic. People from around the Caribbean and even internationally are in T&T, experiencing the cultural experience, which kicked off on August 16th and ends on August 25th.

A number of free public events are being staged, including Caribbean film screenings and cultural symposiums. The most anticipated event however is the Island Beats Super Concert, which takes place on Saturday at the Queen’s Park Savannah. The mega concert will be headlined by Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and the King of Soca himself, Machel Montano. The iconic Calypso Rose, Guadeloupe’s Kassav and three time International Soca Monarch King, Voice are also in the lineup.

The Island Beats Concert is the only paid event on the Carifesta itinerary but with a cast that’s jam packed with unmatchable talent, many are anticipating this showcase of true Caribbean sweetness. Tickets for the IslandBeats super concert start at $300 with Platinum VIP deck tickets being sold for $1000 at NLCB outlets across the country.

Shaggy has not performed in Trinidad and Tobago in a number of years. His performance is highly anticipated and culture lovers are eagerly awaiting performances by Kassav and Calypso Rose and the other amazing Caribbean cultural ambassadors on the cast. Get your tickets now.

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Rude Boy Orlando Takes On The Bad Boys. Attacks Senseless Rivalry.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s having a hard time arresting an out of control crime situation. Two rival gangs are at the core of many murders on the twin island, a situation that has led to lessened economic investment and consistent travel warnings to international destination seekers. One young, talented artist is speaking up and unlike others, he’s pointing out the perpetrators without fear of persecution.

Orlando Octave hails from Rio Claro, South Trinidad. He’s proven to be a faithful believer in the biblical scripture, having given fans insight into his spiritual journey, over time. The young entertainer has been to Israel, tracing the bible’s teachings and often sharing his experiences with his fans. His latest music release is a far cry from songs like, ‘Single,’ ‘ Berlin’ and ‘ Church Gyal’ – Soca tracks he’s delivered in the past.

Octave’s highlight of the Rasta City and Muslim gangs’ ongoing anarchy and it’s senseless negative effects on Trinidad and Tobago’s population, has placed him in a category that includes celebrated entertainers who’ve used their platform to highlight societal issues- artistes like David Rudder, The Mighty Shadow and Singing Sandra.

Octave started his music career in the Calypso arena. The storytelling genre, for many years proved effective for artistes who mounted stages across Trinidad and Tobago to decry the actions or inaction of empowered governments. Octave’s reggae infused track, ‘UniTTy’ is pretty much aimed at doing the same, delving deep into the core of a societal problem that is quickly destroying a land once prided as paradise on earth.

In recent time Orlando Octave has been a part of a positive clique of artistes, among them Sizzla Kalonji, Marlon Asher and IzaacKing, who’ve been preaching positivity as much as they can, via the music they deliver to the masses.

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