Devon Matthews passed away at last year, following his appearance at Tribe’s band launch.

The absence of radio personality and entertainer Devon Matthews from the Carnival scene this year has not gone unnoticed.

His sudden death last year continues to tug on the heartstrings of many, among them, his close friend and fellow radio personality, Ancil “Blaze” Isaac II.

The J’Ouvert band that both he and Matthews founded and delivered unceasingly for the past decade, will not hit the streets of Port-of-Spain on J’Ouvert morning in 2018.

Isaac says he will be working on things to ensure that Bubble Bath J’Ouvert, a carnival mainstay, returns to the J’Ouvert line-up as a top choice for J’Ouvert lovers, in 2019.

“I need to reorganise things a little, get my head straight to make sure that the band continues to be a success, even with half of the brain behind it, now gone.

“Devon had a lot of ideas and he was truly instrumental in everything,” said Blaze.

Despite the daunting reality that he will no longer have the brilliance of Matthews to propel the band’s growth, Blaze believes he will be guided by Devon’s spirit.

“I’m intent on giving the supporters who’ve been a part of the journey throughout the past ten years, everything we initially set out to give them.

The journey continues, and although it may be tough, Bubble Bath J’Ouvert will be back in 2019, bigger and better than ever.”