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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2022. 9:36 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The last we heard from the ‘Soca Dan Dada’ TR Shine was back in July when he was part of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ efforts to get everyone vaccinated.

These days, with the help of California-based legend Pupa Curly, he is singing a far different tune.

In a statement, the pair announced a new single, ‘Not a Part a Yo Party,’ which they say “address[es] the social and political issues currently facing the youths and the world at large [in] a powerful message delivered in a clever lyrical cadence over a rebellious reggae track.”

They continue: “The song speaks truth to power, and outlines all that is wrong with contemporary party poli-tricks in Belize and all over the world. Belizean dancehall edutainer Pupa Curly delivers one of his best in this supporting role and does not sway away from his always conscious, always pertinent lyrical content. This song is a call to action at its root, and rebellious at heart, and is sure to go down as one of Belize’s top patriotic anthems for years to come – unless the leopards change their spots.”

TR Shine, born Ivan Burgess, is approaching 20 years on the Belizean music scene, operating out of Heights of Vibes Records in Belize City where he is currently the house producer and songwriter, and has been on stage with the likes of Machel Montano, Jah Cure, and Kes Di Band. But he says he is most comfortable “working with young artists and helping them reach their potential,” describing it as his “passion.”

Pupa Curly needs little introduction having risen to fame within Belize and California in the late 1980s and early 1990s singing socially and politically conscious lyrics such as “You Must Wake Up,” “Crack is a Killa”, ‘Dis Da fi We’, “I Rememba”, “Dem Say Dem Free Mandela”, “Sweet Belizean Girls”, etc. “Just as Politicians and great leaders have a responsibility to inform and lead their people, so do musicians and artists. I believe music is a significant element in communicating to the people – positive and uplifting thoughts,” he explained.

Curly and TR Shine previously collaborated on the worldbeat/soca inspired “Going Back Home,” the theme for the ‘Wakanda One City of Return’ project in Cape Coast, Ghana.

The song’s video on Youtube can be found here: https://youtu.be/cBVuWUP9xw8

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