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Youths Spiraling Out of Control in Trinidad and Tobago. RKG Stands Up.

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DJ Romie Rome and Chinee

On Tuesday night, RED96.7FM radio personality, Chinee, stepped outside the box, as he almost always does. The urban, youth-marketed frequency, like others of its type, plays predominantly new music, much of which proliferate negative lifestyles, however, on Tuesday night, Chinee and DJ Romie Rome dug deep, searching the crate and pulling out the conscious vibe of Sizzla Kalonji and others like him. “Put books in day bag nah boy, not guns,” he pleaded, referencing the backlash being felt in light of the poor guidance being meted out to T&T’s young and impressionable. In a quick chat with EBUZZTT, Chinee said, “I say these things because I was one of those children. My words are my smoking gun now. This place needs some help and change. I will always stick in my mouth.”

Bass- Boomchapions 94.1FM

On Wednesday morning, on another urban frequency, Boomchampions 94.1FM, radio personality and soca artist, Bass continued the topic, speaking about the impact of drugs on a 16-year-old he referred to as ‘pepper boy’ who’d shot into the spotlight two years ago. He had been video recorded selling peppers in Santa Cruz, and was questioned by an onlooker about his enterprise at the time. He was subsequently interviewed by Bass at the radio station, essentially telling of his positive effort to earn. Fast forward to Tuesday when news emerged that the boy had escaped police custody. Newspaper reports suggested that he is on drugs and had threatened to kill his mother and sisters. Bass pleaded with the public to assist in getting the boy back on track and asked for solutions to the spiraling drug and crime situation in T&T.

RKG’s new single, like that of Jaron Nurse and so many previously released tracks by so many positive artistes, is but a drop in the bucket, considering the magnitude of the problem in T&T. “The mission with this song in particular is to get people in authority to endorse the campaign, ‘Flatline’ #nowarzone- let’s do a campaign. Crime is something we can’t stop, but we have to reduce it. We have to find ways and means to reduce it,” he said. The single, out now, cleverly masks the positive message in melodies that are typically associated with music by artistes like dancehall’s Vybz Kartel, Alkaline and Popcaan.

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Soca Industry Called to Activate As Bahamas Reels From Hurricane Dorian.

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“I need 5 mins of your time. Been having sleepless days since Sunday, trying to figure out how are we going to do this now! It‘s time for the Whole Soca Industry to Give to what gives to us. Give back the support that is given to us. Show that you have the heart, show that we care about the recent disasters brought upon The Bahamas.”Kewin DuBois

Kerwin Dubois is calling on the Soca fraternity to help the Bahamas.

The devastation in the Bahamas is gut wrenching to say the least. Over 40 people have died and over 70,000 are homeless in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian’s passage last week. An all hands on board approach has been repeated by Caribbean governments and international agencies and amid that, one soca artiste has broken his silence and is calling on the soca fraternity to give back what the Bahamas has given to them, over the years.

‘Bacchanalist’ singer, Kerwin Dubois, ached by the videos and images of the Hurricane’s devastation, took to social media on Thursday. He’d created a video- some five minutes long, detailing the emotions of those who are now faced with the clean up and restoration of the tourism destination. “So what we going and do now? Every year we’re faced with this disaster. These people lost everything. You know what it is to lose everything?,” says DuBois. He says he is going to the Bahamas, expressing that he feels the need to be there to help in anyway that he can. Now, with a challenge thrown out, the artist is waiting for feedback from the stakeholders of soca- artistes, promoters and even fans, on what they propose to do, to help the people of the Bahamas.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s National Instrument Undeserving of Carifesta Main Stage?

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The Carifesta XIV experience being hosted in Trinidad and Tobago this year may have a bit of upheaval, this as Pantrinbago says the national instrument isn’t being treated with the respect it deserves.

Ace pannist Dane Gulston has spoken out on the matter of the steelpan not being included in the main concert event, “Island Beats”, which is carded for August 24th.

The Isand Beats event being hosted at the Queen’s Park Savannah, will be headlined by Machel Montano, Grammy Award winner, Shaggy and Guadeloupe’s Kassav, with other performances by young entertainers like Nailah Blackman and Voice. Gulston argues it’s outrageous that no thought was given to including the host country’s national instrument in the main stage lineup, further stating that the use of steel pan only at the opening and closing of events, is essentially a slap in the face.

Speaking on television on Friday morning, Pantrinbago President, Beverly Ramsey-Moore said while the organization, under her stewardship, has enjoyed a very good relationship with Culture and Arts Minister Nyan Gadsby Dolly, her response to the request from Pantrinbago to be included in the main stage dynamic, was unappreciated. She relayed how Gadsby Dolly seemed to have been taken aback by the request, in essence squealing, “Pan on stage with Machel and Shaggy?!”

Jamaican reggae artistes, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley were treated to the sweet steel pan music by Dane Gulston in May this year.

The Minister is yet to comment on the issue, this as social media is now abuzz with online commentators arguing that Trinidad and Tobago’s renowned national instrument- the only major musical instrument invented in the 20th century, should be loved by its people and shared with the world, at any opportunity given.

In May this year, Jamaican reggae sensation Tarrus Riley was greeted by Gulston to the sound of the steelpan, which he enjoyed tremendously.

Jamaican reggae hit maker @tarrusrileyja is certainly a fan of the steel pan. He’s in #TrinidadandTobago ahead of Saturday’s #Redemption6 concert being held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. He met up with ace pannist, #DaneGulston who showed him a thing or two. The culture of the Caribbean, while sometimes vastly different, is always wholeheartedly embraced by all Caribbean people. What a beautiful thing. #caribbean #entertainment #music #steelpan #trinidadandtobago #tarrusriley #ebuzztt

Posted by Etceterabuzz Trinidad on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Reporting by: Melissa Stanisclaus.

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