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Trinidad Killa Says, “I Stand On Principle.” Proceeds With Political Stance.

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There comes a time when a man must stand up for what he believes is right. So says Kern Joseph, the man best known by his entertainment sobriquet, Trinidad Killa. In the past few days, he has patiently been awaiting a response to his request for understanding and compassion from the hierarchy within the People’s National Movement. “No one has reached out to me, despite my best efforts to prove that what they have done to me, is illegal and ethically wrong,” said the artist. 

Last week Thursday, Trinidad Killa revealed that his intellectual and creative rights had been infringed upon by the PNM party and its representative in the Point Fortin area. He held in his possession, videos that he said proved that his music was being blared atop campaign trucks by PNM party campaigners ahead of next week’s general election in the country. He lamented that he had been verbally abused by a senior member of the party, having attempted to cordially discuss the potential for an amicable solution to the matter of his demo being played without his consent. In earnest, the ‘Dy Zess’ singer explained that he had prepared demos for both major political parties and had been in the process of arranging to professionally execute business arrangements when it was revealed to him that his song was being used without his consent. “I can’t just sit back and allow this to happen without standing up for myself and for all the other people like me who are taken advantage of by people who think that their status gives them the right to push others aside,” he said, adding, “that is my music ; that is my intellectual property and I have a right to at least be given that acknowledgement. Up to this time, no one from the People’s National Movement has apologized to me for using my work without my consent. Even if they didn’t want to purchase the music for their campaign, they should have never used the music on the trucks,” he said. 

Now, the artiste says he will continue with his legal challenge, maintaining that any leadership that can easily set aside and ignore such strong pleas for justice in a situation as simple as this one, is unworthy of his vote. “I created another song. This one is not the one that I initially sent to the opposing party for purchase consideration, but because I have been demonized and made to sound like I am nothing, by members of the ruling party, I felt the need to stand my ground. No man should ever be embarrassed the way that I have been, for what is mine. I have the perfect response,” he said. 

The artiste released a new single available on YouTube and on all social media platforms. He says he has not been paid by any political party but stands on principle now, and always will. 

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Kes the Band Not Suing Apple or Remi Wolf.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band is not filing litigation proceedings against tech giant Apple, or US artist, Remi Wolf. A statement on the matter has been issued by the band.

Earlier this week, news broke that Kees and his team would be initiating litigation against Wolf over the similarity of the lyric “Hello” in Wolfe’s track “Hello Hello Hello,” which has been used by Apple for their new iPhone commercial.

“While we too have noted the similarity, we do not intend to take legal action against Apple, Remi Wolf or Island Records. However, we do wish to use this moment to call attention to the global resonance of soca music,” the statement reads.

The band explains that while borrowers of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural capital have sometimes credited the original sources, in many instances they have not. “Similarly, interpretations of our music have often gained access to promotion and corporate investment that is simply not afforded to our own local musicians, producers and songwriters,” it continues.

Rationally, the band says they hope that people from all over the world will recognize the soca/calypso genre as the treasure that it is and, when they hear aspects and elements of it in music from other places, understand and appreciate where the influences comes from. “We will always fight for the genre, and the music of Trinidad & Tobago,” the statement concludes.

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Lyrikal Gets Real. “We Gotta Find A Way to Live Through This Or We’ll End Up Homeless.”

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Soca artiste Lyrikal is coming as real as it gets. Several new songs released over the pandemic period, Lyrikal admits it hasn’t been easy. Based in New York, where the coronavirus proved to have devastating effects over the past nine months, Lyrical says the potential has been there, for many in the Entertainment industry to go into a deep state of depression.

“It’s been overwhelmingly frustrating,” he says to us in a virtual interview. “The fact that we as human beings can’t function in the manner that we’re used to mentally, emotionally and financially, we tend to do things that may seem inappropriate and irresponsible to some,” he said.

For months, as Trinidad and Tobago remained under heavy restriction as a result of the pandemic, Soca lovers and fans questioned the apparent disregard shown by some artistes for the health epidemic that has plagued the world. In our chat, Lyrikal said, “In all reality people must keep in mind that as much as it is extremely important to practice the safety measures- wearing masks, social distancing and so on, people still have to live.”

The “Freedom” singer who recently released a song called “Magical” on the Fig Leaf riddim, said nobody wants to die from Covid19, but the pandemic has changed the world. “Imagine you had $50,000 before the pandemic hit. You’ve been out of work for about six months. Your rent or mortgage, light bill, water bill, gas bill, phone bill etc hasn’t decreased. As a matter of fact all the utilities increase because you’re at home and using them more. What is your financial position in that six months with that $50,000 now? We have to be real,” he urged.

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