"Covid19 must not stop Christmas.”
This is how entertainer Shurwayne Winchester feels about the uncertainty leading into the Christmas season of goodwill and giving – which is celebrated across TT.
“Love and light, peace and giving must push through and I’m ready to make that abundantly clear,” said Winchester on Tuesday night as he put the final touches on a song for the season ahead. The track, a melodic, vibe-filled soca parang, was collaboratively written by Preacher and Winchester and was released on Wednesday to mark the beginning of the 100-day countdown to Christmas. It’s called, Leave the Drinks by the Gate, said a media release.
TT, like many countries around the world, has felt the devastating effects of the novel coronavirus which has affected the livelihood of many local artistes.
Winchester said in the release: “TT is a special place when it comes to Christmas. This is traditionally a time for family gatherings and while we may not be able to mingle with each other as we usually would, we can still sing the music, smile and with a bit of physical distancing, we may still even be able to take a drink at a neighbour’s doorstep.”
Endorsing all public health directives, Winchester said this song is meant to bring a bit of much needed cheer to the people of TT and the Caribbean by extension, while still promoting safety.
“People from all walks of life are being affected by this virus. Many are experiencing depression and anxiety. This is just a personal effort to bring back those smiles and also to let my people know that where there is love, there is hope. Love lives in our Caribbean music and so, this is love from my lips to their ears,” he said.
The song is being globally distributed, and available for streaming via globally recognised streaming platforms. “I just really want to thank everyone who has supported me, for the love they’ve shown over the years. I want to let them all know that I believe in their resilience and we’ll get through this together.”
The song and its lyric video, which has been done in karoake style, are being released simultaneously. Winchester said he wants to encourage everyone to just sing along.