On the heels of much public scrutiny over his ‘Gunman in She Hole’ lyrics and subsequent play of the song at Carnival events already, popular entertainer, Trinidad Killa has lashed out at critics this morning, saying people in Trinidad and Tobago are hypocrites.
In the past few days, there has been much debate over whether the seemingly invasive T&T dancehall surge should be included in the Carnival landscape. Many have argued against it, saying Soca is Carnival music and there is no room for music that often time comes with negative connotations, to what is traditionally a feel good festival. Others however, have lashed back, saying Machel Montano has promoted the inclusion of dancehall and other music genres in Carnival, by bringing many outside artistes into the Carnival market via his Machel Monday event. Trinidad Killa has been vocal on social media and other platforms, arguing that it is time for the market to revolutionise and even going as far as to say Soca music is losing its essence.
Speaking on Boomchampions 94.1FM on Wednesday morning, the entertainer who has been knocking on radio station doors for some 17 years, and only managed to breakthrough with ‘Gunman In She Hole’, said Soca artistes who are challenging this revolution that he speaks of, are afraid to lose their standing. He said with just four travel opportunities arising out of the song’s popularity, he has been able to purchase two vehicles. “I doh bound to do a next show in Trinidad. Look ah leaving to go to Bahamas this Friday for three shows. When ah come back from Bahamas, St. Lucia. When ah done with St. Lucia, Canada, England. Yuh ha to ask meh is where I ain’t going- with one song!,” he commented. His explanation came after being asked how he felt about fete promoters dissuading him from performing ‘Gunman in She Hole’ in their carnival fetes. The artiste said its something that hurts him deeply. “Sometimes I doesn’t feel to do a next show in Trinidad. Dat is how I does feel. I does lie down on meh bed and cry yuh know,” he added.
In the past year, a number of Trinidad and Tobago’s young men have been boosted in popularity by songs that speak of the street lifestyle, something many of them say is the life they’ve been exposed to. “Guman in she Hole is a metaphor. This is not really anything negative inno. This is like back in de days when they used to say signal de plane, but is a new way of entertainment den, because if yuh look on social media, yuh ain’t seeing nobody holding no gun. Everybody dancing to de song. Times have changed. What people take and use for entertainment on the outer world, we take it in a negative way in Trinidad,” said Trinidad Killa.
His phenomenal popularity has been achieved mostly in part to the song’s push on the ‘ground’ in community events. Trinidad Killa however said he had to give credit and thanks to cricketer, Dwayne Bravo who he said, “always supports local talent.” He said he went to a birthday party hosted by Bravo some time ago, and did not know the sportsman. “I jump on de stage and mash up de place and he come to me personal and say, ‘wam, yuh ain’t singing again or what?’ ah say, well I ain’t have no avenue boy. Dah man take me in a studio and spend $10,000 for me to record my first song.” He also said Iwer George has also supported him over the years.
Trinidad Killa is calling on all of Trinidad and Tobago to accept the new ‘Zessing’ wave- a term that was made popular by fellow entertainer, Trinidad Ghost who sang, ‘Zesser’ in 2019. That song also brought with it, some frowns initially, with many complaining that the artist had been glorifying the gangster lifestyle. Trinidad Killa has since released a song called, ‘Dyy Zess’ – a Soca track that has taken off. In December, he explained that the word ‘Zess’ would now be used in a positive way.
Times have changed. What people take and use for entertainment on the outer world, we take it in a negative way in Trinidad.”