Deputy Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis Shawn Richards has answered the call for financial support for soca artiste Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart.
A GoFundMe was launched to help raise funds to cover medical expenses for the artiste who is being treated for lung and kidney issues.
During a recent event at the Vibes Beach Bar on Frigate Bay, Richards, who is also the minister of culture pledged EC$1000 and urged others to contribute to the cause as well.
He said Blaxx and D All-Stars opened the world of opportunity for several Kittitian artistes.
“Blaxx is associated with soca and of course as Kittitians and Nevisians, we appreciate soca in the Federation. More so though, Blaxx has been able to accommodate a number of artistes from not just within the Caribbean region but our very own Nicha B has learned and has had the opportunity to improve the art of soca by being on stage with Blaxx,” Minister Richards explained.
He said as Caribbean people we should all work together and support each other.
Blaxx, he added, spent time in St Kitts and Nevis where he helped to develop the art of soca.
The veteran soca artiste recently underwent emergency kidney surgery.
It was reported last week that he was hospitalised again and is undergoing tests for fluid in his lungs as he was experiencing difficulty breathing.
Richards said: “As one Caribbean people, I think we need to continue to support each other.”
A GoFundMe account has been set up for those abroad who wish to assist soca artiste Blaxx.
A post from Blaxx’ management stressed that this is the only authorised GoFundMe account for De All Starz lead vocalist.
“We thank everyone for their continued support as he is hospitalised with lung and kidney issues. Your donations in any size is most appreciated and we will ensure that he gets all the love and support you give. We thank you for the years of love and look forward to him being back on his feet. This account is necessary as many international persons have expressed their want to support. Sincerely management,” the post said.
They’re hoping to raise US$30,000 to assist with his medical expenses.