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Wassi, Roy Cape, Blaxx Reflect on Shadow’s Legacy. The Legend Will Live On In Our Hearts.

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The Mighty Shadow died at hospital on Monday, October 23rd. He had suffered a stroke.

The death of Trinidad and Tobago Calypso legend, The Mighty Shadow has left many in the cultural arena in a state of shock and inconsolable sadness. Former leader of the Roy Cape Band now turned The All Starz, Roy Cape, said he’d spoken with Shadow just last week, explaining that the ‘Dingolay’ singer had been in pretty good spirts. “He didn’t even know that I myself was sick when we chatted. He was an incredible artist and an even greater human being. I want to send my deepest condolences to his entire family. This is a really big loss for all of us,” said Cape.

Dexter Blaxx Stewart

The outpouring of love for the man many felt had a truly unique persona in the business of Calypso, has been incredible. Fellow Soca artiste, Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart, who is one of the frontline vocalists of the All Starz Band, said he idolized Shadow, adding, “For me, Shadow was the model image of sound, trend and talent to always watch. I used to call him Uncle, he called me Nephew.”

Blaxx said  “Poverty Is Hell” was his favorite song from Shadow’s catalogue of music, explaining that the song was real, relevant  and a true classic. On Shadow’s  personality, Blaxx said the artiste loved ole talk, jokes and he loved being around the people that he cared about.

“He was a brilliant musician, and I want to send condolences to family, friends and the industry; he served his community, his culture, his country and the Caribbean well. Let’s give our artistes their flowers while they are here. He gave the best of himself to better our culture, and his music will live on forever.” – Blaxx

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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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