Week after the airwaves was hit with a posthumous release of two tracks sung by the late Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart, some members of family are warning those in the entertainment industry that written approval is required to use any of his unreleased music.
The two songs released for Carnival 2023 by Blaxx – ‘One Life to Live’, and ‘Hitz’ – a collaboration between Blaxx, College Boy Jesse and D All Starz.
In a legal notice by attorney Rondell Donawa, Blaxx’s children – Michello Stewart, Terell Stewart and Melicia Cassano – are listed as “the beneficiaries who share in the entitlement of his estate.”
His children said: “(We) welcome and appreciate additional tributes that help to keep Mr Stewart’s legacy alive.
“This includes the airing, playing, and singing of compositions sung and performed by Blaxx which were recorded and released up until the date of his death.”
But, it said that in the last six weeks unreleased music recorded by Stewart was used “without ample consultation and/or discussion with all of his known beneficiaries.”
Owing to “the ongoing administration process” regarding the estate, the three children are requesting that “any entity, producer, or person seeking to release songs” regardless of the date it was recorded, including the use of his signature catchphrase “Band yuh belly,” re-engineer, adapt, transform vocals, use re-engineered vocals, use his vocals “as a form of marketing for financial gain…from the date of this release, until otherwise advised, must seek and obtain written approval from all his beneficiaries herein above mentioned by contacting the undersigned.”