DJ Bravo

DJ Bravo

“We Not Giving up.”

That’s the repetitive chant from cricket’s favourite champion, DJ Bravo, in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Like a batsman hustling to make it safely back into his crease after a streaky single, Bravo has slid back into the spotlight with his global rallying cry. The recording has landed him back onto music charts across Asia and Australia.

“We’re telling the world despite how bad things might be it will get better, but first we have keep fighting,” Bravo told Kitcharee yesterday.

Penned by Joanna “Jo Jo” Hutton the song calls on the listener to not just adopt the right social distancing and cleanliness measures to slow the spread of the disease, but also to remember those who may be in a worse position.

“It’s a song everyone can relate to no matter your nationality, race or religion. I wanted to encourage people to pray for all those countries affected more than others,” he said.

The “Asia” singer, who insists that he keeps children in mind with every recording he does, says he hopes this triumph message resonates with people of all ages.

“I have a big following where kids are concerned. So when I record I think about kids listening and how they would be inspired listening to DJ Bravo lyrics.

“I am not a musician and I don’t have the best voice. In fact I never did vocal training, but when I am a happy person and I do music to make people happy. I do it on pure passion and the love for music and I truly hope this song can help ease tensions,” he said.

Staying physically and financially fit

Like millions of people around the world Bravo is uncertain about when he can earn his next dollar.All major and minor sporting events across the world have been postponed or cancelled. But in the meantime the all-star T20 all-rounder says he is working daily to maintain his physical fitness while relying on his sound financial investments to tide him over.

“I’m always active. We can’t go and train as a group, but I have my personal trainer come to my house every morning and train me. I continue my physical training. On evenings I go see my kids and spend an hour and a half with them,” he revealed.

Bravo said despite being in a good financial position he is smarting over missing out on his biggest annual paycheque: the Indian Premier League. The 2020 edition of the tournament would have netted him US$1M.

“The good thing for me is I was in a good place before this situation. Yes there is loss of earnings for example the IPL which is my biggest T20 contract of a million US and trust me that would be a loss to anyone.

“I am in a good position financially so I could manage, but it’s sad no matter how much money you have the fact is that you don’t know when next you can earn. No one can say at this stage when things will go back to normal,” he said.

In the meantime, Bravo is finding time to do something he says he never does: watch TV.

“I started watching a lot of movies. I’m taking in a number of series and it’s interesting. I watched Shooter and now I’m on to Blacklist. I finished Narcos the story of Pablo Escobar. Before corona I never had time to sit down and watch TV,” he said.

Make helping a norm

Bravo said while he is heartened by the outpouring of assistance by nationals for those in need in the face of pandemic he believes such action should be the norm and not the exception.

“I always ask myself why it is people wait for something drastic to happen to offer a helping hand. This is a reality check for everyone. These are things we should be doing on a normal basis and not waiting for crisis to help those in need.

“These are things as humans we should be doing: trying to help one another, to be your brother’s keeper. We should support, post positive messages and motivate each other when things are good also.

He referenced the massive national mobilisation to assist families affected by destructive floods in 2018, pointing out that

“When the floods took place it was a crazy time and everyone came out and supported. Things got back into control and we went back into hiding. Only for those moments we as a people try to help, but when we back to everyday life we back to square one.

“It’s an eye opener, but it’s time for us here in T&T as a people to understand our population too small to be talking about race and division. Instead we should all be supporting one another and making sure we live a good and happy life,” Bravo concluded.

DJ Bravo

“We Not Giving Up”

Intro

It’s a bad situation (tra-la-la-la-la)

It’s a sad situation (tra-la-la-la-la)

It’s a bad situation (tra-la-la-la-la)

Now de world need a helping hand, hand, hand

Verse 1

All over the world the whole place shut down

Airports everything lock down

No fans can’t come inna de stadium

Pandemic done cancel de whole fun

Last time they send ebola

Now they come back with Corona

Dis ting seem worse than cancer

Doctor dem doh have no answer

Dis ting is a big disaster

Now is time to come together

And let dem know everybody in the world is a fighter

Chorus

We not giving up (x2)

We want this madness to stop

We not giving up (x2)

We want this madness to stop

Hook

Let’s say a prayer for Italy (tra-la-la-la-la)

England and Germany (tra-la-la-la-la)

Trinidad and Jamaica (tra-la-la-la-la)

India and China (tra-la-la-la-la)

Say a prayer for America (tra-la-la-la-la)

Austraalia, South Africa (tra-la-la-la-la)

Now de world need a savior (tra-la-la-la-la)

To stop Corona (tra-la-la-la-la)

Chorus

We not giving up

We not giving up

We want this madness to stop

We not giving up

We not giving up

We want this madness to stop

Verse 2

Corona doh care if you is ah black man

It doh care if you is ah white man

Or ah rich man, or ah poor man

Hindu, Muslim or Christian

Corona doh care bout where yuh from

Where yuh work, what’s your position

At the end of the day one ting for sure we are humans

Chorus

Hook 2

Some people thought it’s a joke ting (tra-la-la-la-la)

Now we know it’s a serious ting (tra-la-la-la-la)

Wash yuh hands dem thoroughly (tra-la-la-la-la)

Stay inside with yuh family (tra-la-la-la-la)

All around de world people dying (tra-la-la-la-la)

Now de whole world crying (tra-la-la-la-la)

Chorus

Outro

St Luica, Guyana, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

This is the champion Dwayne Bravo sending lots of love around the world

We not giving up

Corona, lose

Champion

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement we should all openly support, but we have to be careful how we apply its ideals and positioning to our local situation, says rapso artiste and social/human rights activist Wendell Manwarren.

The Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Carissa F Etienne, said the response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the Region of the Americas must include chronic disease care, as one in four people are at increased risk of poor outcomes from Covid-19 due to underlying noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

The show must go on. Even in a pandemic.

Veteran actresses/producers Penelope Spencer and Cecilia Salazar are determined to make that old show business adage true as they prepare to debut their latest theatrical production online.