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BLAXX - A CAREER SPANNING DECADES – MUSIC THAT STIRRED THE SOUL

BLAXX - A CAREER SPANNING DECADES – MUSIC THAT STIRRED THE SOUL

Image Courtesy Abraham Diaz

In every single Carnival fete, there comes a time when the speakers blast out the words “Spread your hands and leh goooo”. Every person packed into that crowd would lift two hands in the air and sing along with abandon, word for word. This song is one of the high points of a career that had started decades before.

Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart (21 December, 1962 – 28 March, 2022), spent decades as lead singer for various bands. He first sang professionally with ‘Successions Brass’, and then moved to ‘OC Blackman and Upstream’, after he switched to ‘Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires’. This odyssey then took him to ‘Atlantik’ for a very short time, before he spent five years with ‘Blue Ventures’. After such a circuitous journey, he landed at Roy Cape All Stars now known as D’All Starz, where he has been ever since. As the frontline vocalist with D’All Starz, Blaxx consistently released popular songs, many of which are considered to be defining to that particular year’s Carnival in which they were released. He gave us “Tanty Woi”, “Leh Go” and the incomparable “Master of Mas”.

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Images Courtesy Abraham Diaz

 

The following songs span his illustrious career with D’All Starz. 

 
Rum Ina Me Head- 2022
 
Brass- 2022
 
Mash Up- 2022
 
Rock So- 2022
 
After Quarantine- 2022
 
Who God Bless- 2021
 
Doux Doux-2021
 
Sunshine- 2021
 
Same Way- 2021 (4th place International Soca Monarch)
 
Douen- 2020
 
Gyal Parole-2020
 
Soca Link Up- 2020
 
Black Man Feeling To Party- 2020
 
Celebrating Life- 2020
 
Voyage- 2020
 
Who God Bless- 2020
 
Cry T&T- 2020
 
Canboulay- 2020
 
Doh Blame We- 2019
 
Warn Dem- 2019
 
Formula= Rum + Soca – 2019
 
Just So- 2019
 
Celebrating Life- 2019
 
Remove Yuhself- 2019
 
Gyal Owner- released 2019
 
Boiling Over 2019
 
We Own It- 2018
 
Pass Out- 2018
 
Hulk- 2018 (2nd place International Soca Monarch)
 
Keep It Pumping- 2017
 
Coming Over- 2017
 
We Da Baddest- 2017
 
Practice- 2017
 
Golden Days-2017
 
Life Over Death-2017
 
We Own It- 2017
 
Nat Geo- 2016
 
Find It- 2016
 
Imagine Dat- 2016
 
Day Ones-2016
 
Persuasion- 2016
 
Rankin Ting- 2016
 
Master Of Mas-2016 (3rd place Power Soca Monarch)
 
Whole Day We Jammin- 2015
 
Wine And Stagga- 2015
 
Maddest Crew-2015
 
Place In Life-2015
 
Jazzy- 2015
 
Mash Up D Road- 2014
 
Ten To One- 2014
 
Badness- 2014
 
Contagious- 2014
 
Awaken The Spirits-2014
 
Hooray- 2014
 
Place In Life- 2014
 
Bounce and Drive- 2013
 
Hold Meh Liquor- 2013
 
Stink And Dutty- 2013
 
Leh Go- 2013
 
One Drop- 2013
 
No Sah- 2013
 
No Getaway- 2013 (3rd place Groovy Soca Monarch)
 
Move That Body- 2013
 
Breathing Rum- 2012
 
Handle It- 2012
 
Hit Meh- 2012
 
Sound De Horn- 2012
 
Inna Band- 2012
 
Jusso-2012
 
Good Time-2011
 
Carnival Jumbie- 2011
 
Tanti Woi- 2011 (4th place Groovy Soca Monarch)
 
Zombie-2010
 
Huntin- 2010
 
Tusty- 2009 (4th place Power Soca Monarch, 3rd place Road March)
 
Breathless- 2008- 2nd place Road March
 
Dutty- 2007
 

Sources

 

“2008 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Results,” TnT Island, 8 January, 2022, http://www.tntisland.com/carnival2008.html

 

“2009 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Results,” TnT Island, 8 January, 2022, http://www.tntisland.com/carnival2009.html

 

“2011 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Results,” TnT Island, 8 January, 2022, http://www.tntisland.com/carnival2011.html

 

“2013 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Results,” TnT Island, 8 January, 2022, http://www.tntisland.com/carnival2013.html

 

“2016 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Results,” TnT Island, 8 January, 2022, http://www.tntisland.com/carnival2016.html

 

“2018 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Results,” TnT Island, 8 January, 2022, http://www.tntisland.com/carnival2018.html

 

“2021 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival Results,” TnT Island, 8 January, 2022, http://www.tntisland.com/carnival2021.html

 

 “Blaxx Mash Up 2022 Soca Trinidad.” Youtube, uploaded by Julians Promos TV, 8 July 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wHmrwcKBiY

 

Rampersad, Joan. “Blaxx Gets His Voice Right.” Newsday, 27 October, 2007, p. 19.

 

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