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.

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Soca or Dancehall/ Zess? Times have changed, it's 2020 and music is a cycle. There is heavy debate on whether dancehall or 'zess music' should be played at soca fetes here in T&T. My point, it's local dancehall we're referring to and it is coming from 1 soil. We are losing the essence of good soca music. New local talent is on the rise and no longer depend on radio to buss. The people on the ground want music to wine and enjoy themselves in a fete. Most soca songs now like techno or R&B and that is why older classics will always be a hit. A big tune will always be a big tune no matter who sings it. Artistes like Iwer George, Swappi, Skinny Banton, Preedy, Lyrikal, Patrice Roberts, Kes, Voice, Blaxx….just to name a few, understand what the people want. We need to support local and be proud that whether dancehall or soca it is coming from T&T. Prince Swanny, Jahllano, Trinidad Ghost are like the new Popcaan and Alkaline and while I understand that carnival is a short season to play soca music, then we need to question the DJs. Machel Monday sometimes features big Jamaican Dancehall acts but we would not question the King of Soca. These local dancehall artistes didn't get recognized on radio or through corporate T&T, it was consistent ground work for the communities they represent and their experiences. Zess is a vibe. They sing music and zess to connect to their people on the ground. In Jamaica there is no season for music. We should not have a season for soca music only. If it is our culture then the bigger problem is fighting for it to be a permanent staple, that will be the true "Power in soca". Music is a mission not a competition. Music is life…..support local! #Dyyzess @GreatFeteWeekend @ATeamBand @MachelMontano @BunjiGarlin @FayAnnLyons @KesTheBandOfficial @RavibKarma @ShalMarshall @PatriceRoberts1 @DestraGarcia @NessaPreppy @NadiaBatson @IwerGeorge @SuperBlueLyons @OlatunjiMusic @IAmLyrikalAce @Swappi_Swappton @TurnerOfficially @Ptnersky @DawgeSlaughter @Johnny.K.Bravo @ilandboy_Preedy @SekonSta @NailahBlackman @ErphaanAlves @VoiceTheArtiste @YankeyBoy @TrinidadJamesGG @RitaJonesPage @TrinidadGhost @MrKill1 @SkinnyBanton @TeddysonJohn

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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.

Trinidad Killa says sometimes he does not feel to perform in Trinidad and Tobago.

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.”


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