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Trinidad and Tobago Makes African Link with Sweet AfroSoca Sound. Cherry Bum Bum Takes Flight.

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There’s no better time than the present to build strong connections within the black community. The Caribbean and the African continent have a wealth of similarities and this has again been proven in what can only be described as an unexpected but timely musical connection. 

Africa’s Burkina Faso meets Trinidad and Tobago, via two relatively unknown but soon to blow up musicians. For the artiste known simply as Calypso Don- a four time Calypso Monarch champion in the UK, the opportunity to work with 21-year-old producer, Namuli Idriss, who’s best known as Esby One by his peers in Burkina Faso, has been an honour. “I was very surprised when he reached out to me. I asked myself if God had sent this young man to me,” said Calypso Don. The link was made after a challenge he’d posted to Instagram for his single, “Call on Jah”, had somehow made it to parts of the motherland.” The challenge went viral and he heard the music. He reached out to me and asked whether he could send me some music to listen to. I agreed and I was blown away by how good the music was. I couldn’t believe he had chosen me. I thought to myself, he could’ve chosen Kees, Machel, anybody…why me?” said the T&T born artist. 

Calypso Don responded to that initial correspondence, indicating which of the music received, he particularly liked. “When he responded to me, I received his vocals on the track and a message indicating that I could then add my vocals and lyrics, as I wished. I was so surprised,” he said. A calypso writer himself, Calyspo Don penned his English lyrics, later adding his vocals to what had already been created by his Burkina Faso counterpart in his native French tongue. The end result was a song that was called, ‘Cherry Bum Bum.’ “I was told that it’s a slang in Burkina Faso and what’s funny is that he doesn’t know of Lord Kitchener from Trinidad and Tobago who once sang a song that similarly entitled, ‘Sugar Bum Bum,” said Calypso Don with a chuckle. 

The musical connection has fostered a relationship that Calypso Don is tremendously excited about. “This is Afro-soca and I’m very proud to be a part of this sound. This young producer out of Burkina Faso is very talented and he’s an upcoming producer in that part of the world. A lot of eyes are on him,” said the entertainer. The connection has also created a professional opportunity for Calypso Don as he has been cited by the African producer as a new go-to songwriter for artistes attached to his production house. “They seem to like my writing and Namuli has extended the opportunity to me, which I’m happy to accept,” he said. 

‘Cherry Bum Bum’ speaks of a Caribbean woman who leaves the islands, traveling to the African continent where she is seen dancing in her Caribbean style. She is an instant hit there and becomes the woman referred to as ‘Cherry Bum Bum.’ The Afro-beats sound becoming increasingly popular globally, Calypso Don anticipates that at home in T&T, DJs and radio personalities would give it the rotation it needs to propel it to the next level. “We must see the beauty in connections like these. This is truly am honor for me and likewise, for him. He doesn’t know much about Soca music, he told me, but he knows and appreciates Calypso music,” said Calypso Don. 

The song is now available for purchase on all popular streaming platforms. To keep up with the moves being made by Calypso Don, follow him on Instagram @doncalypso and check out his YouTube channel by searching for Calypso Don. 

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They Passed The Bar Exam. Now These Young, Female Attorneys Are Encouraging Other Women.

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There’s a 26-year-old female attorney who hails from the fishing village of Charlotteville, Tobago, who, having recently achieved her lifelong goal of becoming an attorney at law, says she wants other young women to aspire for greatness.

Jose-Ann Hackett told EBUZZTT she’s wanted to be an attorney since she was just 5-years-old. Now attached to the law chambers of Ingrid Melville and Company in Tobago, Jose-Ann says it’s her personal desire to lead in the industry with integrity, honesty and wisdom “because while there may be many attorneys in our small society, there is always room for good, upstanding attorneys.”

JoseAnn Hackett (left) and Desiree Tommy.

Hackett along with her friend, Desiree Tommy were called to the BAR in December. Tommy is now an attorney at the firm of Hove and Associates Attorneys in Trinidad. She attended UWI, Mona and graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Law degree. She is the eldest of three while Hackett has one younger sibling.

“Be happy to see others win.” This was the expression of the young Trinidad based attorney as we questioned her on the advice she’d offer to other young females like herself. “Stay focused and consistent in pursuing your own goals and you will achieve your own success in time,” she encouraged. Tobago based Hackett told us she sees the profession as an opportunity to help those who are prejudiced, and bring justice for the voiceless. “I want young women to know that they should never allow stereotypical elements to define them. I am a testimony of persistence, determination and manifestation,” she said.

Desiree, who attended the Hugh Wooding Law School, obtaining a Legal Education Certificate before gaining work experience in Jamaica and St. Lucia, emphasised the need for young people to consistently work hard to achieve their goals, while engaging in activities that facilitate and enhance the learning and understanding of their desired professions. “If you happen to stumble or fall along the way, fix your crown and keep pushing,” she said.

Hopes for 2021

The young female attorneys hope to inspire others to follow their dreams and work hard toward it.

“My hope for 2021 is to be the change the society needs in whatever way I can effect change,” said Hackett. Her ambition is to continue working arduously to bring peace and justice for people who are prejudiced and helpless in their situations, within the confines of the law. “I want to make a mark in Trinidad and Tobago, in my own, unique way.”

Tommy says she strives to become the best version of herself possible. “As I continue to learn and grow in the legal profession, I will forever be humbled by the opportunity to vigorously defend and serve others. My hope is to be a role model to young women and a voice for the defenceless in the continued pursuit of justice.”

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Nicki Minaj Shares Pics of ‘Papa Bear’ for the 1st Time.

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Nicki Minaj’s son is now three months old. On Saturday, fans of the entertainer finally got their first look at the baby boy, but still, there remains no confirmation of the child’s legal name, with Minaj simply referring to him as ‘Papa Bear’ in a caption that expressed her thanks to her bundle of joy for choosing her to be his mother.

The Trinidad and Tobago born rapper gave birth to her first baby with husband, Kenneth Petty, in September. Months prior, she had visited Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival 2019, but even while aboard their private flight to the festival, cryptic video posts suggested that Minaj may have already been expecting.

On Thursday, Nicki said becoming a mother to her son was the most fulfilling job she’s ever taken on. She also thanked her fans for their support, writing, “Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It’s meant so much to me.”

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