Monday, March 31, 2014

Neeshan D Hitman Uncut and Raw on Xposed TV with Sarah Bacchus

In the wide sea of so called West Indian artistes, who really uses their platform of entertainment to drive positive messages? D Hitman took his trail blazing high energy performances and metamorphed into a vehicle of positive change. As he sat down for a riveting raw uncut conversation with Sarah Bacchus, host of Xposed TV, it is refreshing to see the evolution of a man who can move the masses with his rum songs and turn around to capture those same masses with a message of restraint, humble humility and respect for women. His daring question of, “who will the child look up to if not us,” is strikingly powerful.


You know all of his songs, you grooved and whittled, whined and grinded on every dancehall, bacchanal, battam house and beach party from New York to Trinidad and all the way to Guyana. When the party needed a little pick up, the DJs turned to D Hitman. When the crowd settled a bit, D Hitman blazed out with his exposed chest and sprinkled fire water. That same man who has collaborated with every name in the business to captivate a worldwide audience is taking a stance on the same material that made him popular.

His philosophy is not about popular lyrics that sells out to masses but rather about material that moves masses in a positive direction. When the soca chutney world dictates that a hit must be about rum or the degradation of women, D Hitman stood up and said no. Striking! Here is an artiste who made his butter with the same rum song, rewind and come again with a different tune. I can imagine his competition and the so called powers to be in the industry shaking in their sandals. Why would this guy turn around and want to stop a good thing? Is it really a good thing? With all the social issues of rum drinking and celebrating the revered spirit in its infinite destruction, it is staggering that someone has not stepped up sooner.

D Hitman is determined to use his influence and wide audience to change the culture of soca chutney music and West Indian culture as a whole. He has taken a bold approach to not record any more rum songs. If audiences followed his “wilder, younger side” and were thrilled, they would embrace his more positive and matured entertainment path. These positive steps have lead to major support for a new charitable foundation. Lead by Christine Khan, this new foundation is focusing efforts to build a Children’s Recreational Center in Berbice, Guyana. Take a view of the entire interview below.

There are many Caribbean entertainment and media outlets scattered across the Diaspora. But not many embrace content with a positive message. Xposed TV, from Stealth Productions takes a stand and consistently deliver high quality technical and positive programs. The common elements here are all positive forward embracing people working together for a greater good. Here is to more artists joining hands with Neeshan D Hitman for a better West Indian Community.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Negativism of Foreign Based Guyanese.

I am sick and tired of being sick and tired listening to grumpy overseas based Guyanese bitch and moan about a country they no longer live in. What gives you the right to constantly barrage a country that you don’t visit nor keep up with its current affairs? Are you the authority on global development when you make do with less than a high school education and live in a cold hole in the ground?

When was the last time you visited Guyana? Yes, you with the big mouth who seeks to comment on every positive post made on Facebook about Guyana. I guessing not in the last 30 years. When you ran out of Guyana, far away from the suppressive regime, you left everything behind. There is no shame in trying to have a better life for yourself and your family. Every person in this world is entitled to live a better existence. Tons and tons of people fled Guyana to England, Canada and the US. Great for all of us who are fortunate enough to have this opportunity. But have we gone back? We travel to exotic locales, flood our Facebook Profiles, Pages and Groups with the latest smart phone pics or super pics from our best of the best camera equipment that we still can’t use to its fullest extend. Bore our “friends” to death with constant pics of our pets, children and grandchildren. ( I am guilty of pet pics). Show off our Photoshop skills with unrealistic photo mastery and reshare every quote of majestic wisdom that we can find on the internet. But have we gone back?

Have we taken that same money we so lavishly spend in foreign excursions and put it into the Guyanese economy? Have you seen the majestic Kaiteur Falls, that you so passionately reshare 100 times on Facebook, up close and personal? Did you know that there is a canopy that stretches high in the Guyanese Rainforest at Iwokrama  Walkway Canopy, but you’ve visited the tropical rainforest of Belize and Costa Rica? Have you seen the Rupunni Rodeo, but you visit the rodeo in Texas all the time? Did you know there is an international standard hotel and casino name Princess, but you spent the week at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas? Have you dined at New Thriving Chinese Restaurant or the swanky Vintage Wine and Cheese Lounge? But you find is necessary to post and check into every paper plate and plastic fork little hole that you call fine dining? You didn’t know Guyana has some great establishments? Well, like I said….”You are not current.”

How are you the global authority on public development? You didn’t finish high school. If you did finish high school, your so called “superior British education” is not accepted in Canada and the US. Instead of digging in and adjusting yourself, you fell out of education to work three minimum wage jobs to take care of your family of 5. If, like the majority of people who migrate to foreign lands, you live in the cold tundra you are on the subways, buses or walking in several feet of snow and ice at ungodly hours of the morning and days struggling to make ends meet. Oh you thought money fell from trees over here, right. Yep, they lied to you. You have to work and work hard. Tell me when you have time or can really say you are the authority on public development. Oh so you were fortunate enough to slip into college or your parents worked those three jobs scrubbing toilets so that you can get a college education. Now that makes you the holier than thou authority on any kind of development in Guyana. Really, during your education did you study anything about Guyana or how to develop a third world country? You do what? Fix cars and equipment? Yet for all you are the authority?

Truth be told we are nowhere in any position to condemn what we know nothing about. We can render opinions. Our shared travels and living experiences can shed some light on “If it works somewhere else it could work for Guyana.” But it does not make our words gospel. Imagine, your mother tells you how disappointed she is in you everytime she speaks to you? Wouldn’t you eventually feel like a disappointment in yourself? So then, why do you feel the need to spew negativity about everything that comes out of Guyana? The next time you have the urge to make a negative Facebook comment about Guyana, stop and ask yourself, “How is my comment going to make anything better?”

Friday, March 14, 2014

The return of Xposed TV

Did you miss Xposed TV with Sarah Bacchus? The wait is over, they are back online. Known for casting a light on local New York and West Indian issues, this independent TV station has stepped away from mainstream and focus on issues that matter.

Long before there were Facebook Groups and social media, Stealth Productions brought Xposed TV with host Sarah Bacchus. The show broadcasted on Thursdays at 3pm on Ch 34 QPTV & Saturdays at 5pm on Ch 35 QPTV. Producer Neil Anthony Bacchus, created an avenue for local talent to showcase their music.

Xposed TV set

With the emergence of social media as an integral part of pop culture, Xposed TV reemerged with heavy focus online under Stealth Productions. From a fully professional studio that is equipped for television, with all the bells and whistles that larger studios envy, the show will create content to populate their YouTube and Facebook Pages. These two media outlets will serve to syndicate on other media channels. The focus will still give local artist a larger platform to showcase their talents. A stellar line up is in store.

Xposed TV 1

First to step infront of the camera is long time Queens artist Frank Persico. This artist has dwelled behind the scenes of numerous independent performers and is now ready for his own close up. His musical style takes influences from James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. This results in notes of folk, rock, alternative and R & B. Frank’s first album, The Reminder (2011), is available on iTunes and CDBaby. The second album, Salutations from Ozone Park, is due summer 2014. Reverbnation, the popular music site will feature Frank Persico on their home page March 18.

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Check out the full Frank Persico interview with Sarah Bacchus on Xposed TV below:

Wanna know who is the next Xposed TV guest? Keep watching…..Let me know what you think about Frank Persico’s music.