Monthly Archives: July 2009

Pep Takes A Winning Chance

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Crime and government ineptitude took centre stage at the 2009 calypso monarch finals on Saturday night, with domestic violence and some inspirational references to Obama thrown in.                        2009 Calypso Monarch Pep
There were new songs and new verses, as Saint Lucians enjoyed the finals under clear skies after being threatened with a rained-out show. The audience needed serious fortitude as the last artiste took the stage after almost five hours later in a show that was at times in need of a dose of excitement.
The long evening began only 28 minutes late with guest artistes Pelay asking “who make that mistake?” It seemed the audience was asking that same question as the show went on with performances that while good, did not quite wow.
First up was Lady Spice (Take Over Tent) with ‘Levay’. In classic Spice style she brought the Lucian out in the crowd but was a bit lacklustre. She was more dramatic in the second round with ‘Doh Blame Me’ but was still lacking some spice.
TC Brown (Ambassadors) as usual sneaked in with some ol’ school style. His presentations and performances for were both fun, but like his songs, had some serious undertones.
Ginger (Ambassadors) brought the heat, with feisty performances and ingenious presentations but wasn’t taken seriously by the judges.
It was a bit of a disappointment for fans of Morgie (Ambassadors) at first, as he didn’t quite hit the ground running with his new song. He made a greater impact with “Tewah Chou La”; targeting the judges with a new line in his a fun and funny song that was still as hard hitting as Morgie tends to be.
Making full use of modern technology, Walleigh (Take Over Tent) brought ‘Today’s Child’ to the stage while keeping the focus on his performance. His usual strong singing style was on display as he came back from the moon with ‘Land of Absurdity’.
Pep seemed to have taken the wrong chance with his new song ‘Taking a Chance’, that many felt was too reminiscent of Invader’s ‘No Presentation’. He was vintage Pep the second time around however, with a pep in his step as he sang ‘I Eh Bending for No Man Again’.
Bingo (Ambassadors) seemed balanced but was just so-so in both rounds.
From the dark reality of ‘Neg Mawon’ to the fantasy of ‘Three Wishes’, Educator (Ambassadors) stuck to his vintage style with traditional influences evident in his music and lyrics, but seemed to be making too much effort. It paid off though.
It was a gospel explosion with Nintus (South Calypso Tent) bringing his usual energetic and unencumbered flair to ‘Turn to God’ and ‘Escape’. With his great voice and stage personality his performance was captivating.

2008 all-round winner Herb Black The man who swept last year’s competitions, Herb Black (Take Over Tent) came in fighting with ‘Fire Burn Dem’ and ‘The People’s Monarch’ but was never in contention.
Minelle (South Calypso Tent), also a former monarch, had a much improved showing but was not in the running either.
At just after 2a.m. it was Pep holding up the winner’s trophy with 767.5 points, putting him next only to Pelay as the Saint Lucian calypsonian with the most victories. Walleigh was second with 748.5 (did it seem ironic that Darryl Montroupe presented the 1st prize?). Following not too closely were Educator, 726 points, and TC Brown, 715.5 points.

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Banned in Saint Lucia (Prt 2)

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‘Time to Go’ by the Ambassador’s Calypso Tent’s Dean Roberts, has also been banned in Saint Lucia on the nation’s station Radio Saint Lucia (RSL). The reason? It is potentially libellous. 

Here are the lyrics. What do you think?

Time to Go

Artiste: Dean Roberts

Verse 1 

When we put flambeau in office; we expected them to do well

To uphold and keep their promise; to help the country excel

But them no good politicians; just take us for a ride

Down the road to self destruction; on a nationwide suicide

They broke away from China; for pocket money from Taiwan

Disrespect and kill our leader; and them fight for his position

King end up as prime minister, with a shaky foundation

So is blunder after blunder; like they want to cripple our nation

 

Is this calypsonian courting libel?

Is this calypsonian courting libel?

Chorus 1

 

 

 

Time to go Flambeau; time to go

We can’t wait till tomorrow, it’s time to go

Time to go Flambeau; time to go

We can’t wait one more hour, it’s time to go

The whole country under strain, from all the hardship and all the pain

We just can’t take it again; we have to flush them down the drain, down the drain

 

Verse 2

With incompetence in government; let’s admit we made a mistake

Such a shameful embarrassment; for the citizens of this state

Criminals inside de cabinet; all of them disrespecting King

They say he’s just a puppet; someone else pulling the string

They claim to have vision; yet we still moving off track

Heading in the wrong direction; time to take the country back

But when I look at the opposition; they had put water in our eyes

So if they really learn their lesson; maybe now we can compromise

 

Chorus 2

Time to go Flambeau; time to go

We can’t wait till tomorrow, it’s time to go

Time to go Flambeau; time to go

We can’t wait one more hour, it’s time to go

There are no signs of progress; everyone feeling the stress

So come and join the protest; we have to clean up all this mess, all this mess

 

Verse 3

Nearly two and a half years later; it seems that we have no choice

To avoid impending disaster; all of us must speak with one voice

Speak out loud so they can hear us; time for positive

Dem fellas too damn ruthless, to govern our nation

King can’t handle the pressure; best for him to step down

Time to reconsider; time to call fresh elections

This time let us remember; the future of our children

Sons and daughters of Saint Lucia; let us rescue our land

 

Chorus 3

Time to go Flambeau; time to go

We can’t wait till tomorrow, it’s time to go

Time to go Flambeau; time to go

We can’t wait one more hour, it’s time to go

Food and gas prices increase; every week a new crisis

We can no longer resist; it’s in our country’s best interest, best interest

BANNED IN SAINT LUCIA (Part 1)

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Artistic license? Freedom of speech? The voice of the people?
How far is too far?
You decide.
The following calypso, as well as one other, has been banned from the government affiliated “nation’s station” Radio Saint Lucia (RSL). There have been detractors and supporters of RSL’s action, which, the station claims, was taken to avoid potential lawsuits.
This has brought untold attention to the lyrics of the song sang by Martina ‘Lady Spice’ Francis and penned by McStephen ‘Lord Help Me’ Aubertine. Despite the controversy, the artiste has managed to make it to the 2009 calypso finals, scheduled for July 18 at the Mindoo Phillip Park. Spice and Aubertine are both past winners and the team is a strong contender for the crown. In first place after the calypso semi-finals, Spice can again bring the crown home to the Take Over Tent (TOT).
Here, presented for you, are the alleged potentially libellous lyrics. Before it reaches the big yard and the final judgement, here’s your chance to be the judge.

DOH BLAME ME
Lady Spice/McStephen Aubertinelady spice
Verse 1
Things were looking so well, even a blind man could tell
We country was moving, she was progressing
Proper education, school place for everyone
Dat was de plan
Two brand new hospitals, health care for one and all
Kenny heard the call, people were working
Money was spending; business booming
We were the envy of everyone in the Caribbean
But what did you do, what did you do?
You line up in queue and put rogues to represent you
Chorus 1
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for labour party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for this tragedy
Doh blame me for Ruthless Tucker, you knew that he was a gangster
Doh blame me for King, his best quality is lying
The truth de man always twisting
When asked in cabinet, King Liar say he never bend for nobody yet
Chorus
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for your misery
Verse 2
Take a look around – yea man, in every village and town
Everybody crying, nothing happening
De yutes are in a rage, so they on a rampage
Endless carnage
While rats in cabinet, to see dem tete-a-tete, tiffing all dey get
Investors running, revenue falling, Helen dying
She hardly breathing; cause all her blood King and dem sucking
yo pa mélé (i.e. they don’t care)
yo jus mo’vé (i.e.they’re just wicked)
wayday nous bondieux (i.e. help us God)
Portay bon goovedma veeway (i.e. bring good government back)
Chorus 2
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for that lunacy
Doh blame me for all dem scandals, like the beach dey sell for Sandals
Doh blame me for crime dat keep rising all de time
If a man got killed was Kenny
For him, boy, you had no mercy
But since you put in King
Nowadays even policeman they killing
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for your misery
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for this tragedy
Doh blame me for Ruthless Tucker, you knew that he was a gangster
Doh blame me for King, his best quality is lying
The truth de man always twisting
When asked in cabinet, King Liar say he never bend for nobody yet
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for your misery
Verse 3
Disobeyed his wife, and he paid with his lifeLord Help Me
‘Cause she warned Sir John, doh mix wid dem man
Caue some were drug dealers, money launderers, ex-prisoners
But Lucians didn’t hear you went and put dem dere
Mee nous ka pwan faire (i.e. things hard)
Small business closing, hotels downsizing, workers bawling
Ministers laughing, while Chou money dey pocketing
De PM looking, kyan do a ting
De man is a jack, dey doh have no damnwell King in dat pack
Chorus 3
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for this comedy
Doh blame me for poor health service, a PM that’s an apprentice
Not for minister, dat falsify customs paper
Dis government is in crisis, economic paralysis
And it’s getting worse, for killing Sir John dem men have a curse
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for your misery
Doh blame me, doh blame me (repeat)
Verse 4
Dey don’thave clue ehn, ehn. Dem men doh know what to do
Sir John went awy, dey in disarray
De money from Taiwan, boy that already gone
They buy yachts and land, now de treasury empty
Dey doh have no money
To do tings for we, tout moun ka heylay (i.e. everybody crying)
Yo pasa manje, bagai movay (i.e.they cannot eat, things bad)
Mai ministers bouden, yo plen, paway pou paté (i.e.but ministers belly full, ready to burst)
It’s really sad, dat makes me mad
Man dat have to be de worst government we ever had
Chorus
Doh blame me, doh blame me, I voted for Labour Party
Doh blame me, doh blame me, for this tragedy
Doh blame me for unemployment, for dat comatose government
Not for brainless man, dat making foolish decision
They give broadcasting to Edmund, I never see man dat so dumb
E pasa mem parlez (i.e.he cannot even speak)
May vlay dee RSL pou ban chantez ((i.e. but want to tell RSL to ban songs)
Doh blame me, doh blame me
Doh blame me, doh blame me
Doh blame me, doh blame me

They Won’t go When I go

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Stevie Wonder tribute to Michael Jackson at the Staples Centre july 07, 2009.

They Won’t go When I go

No more lying friends
Wanting tragic ends
Though they do pretend
They won’t go when I go

All those bleeding hearts
With sorrows to impart
Were right here from the start
And they won’t go when I go

And I’ll go where I’ve longed
To go, so long
Away, from tears

Gone from painful cries
Away from saddened eyes
Along with him I’ll bide
And they won’t go when I go

Big men feeling small
Weak ones standing tall
I will watch them fall
cause they won’t go when I go

And I’ll go, where I’ve longed
To go, so long
Away, from tears

Unclean minds mislead the pure
The innocent will leave for sure
For them there is a resting place
People sinning just for fun
They will never see the sun
For they can never show their faces
There ain’t no room for
the hopeless sinner
Who will take more
than he will give
He ain’t hardly gonna give

The greed of man will be
Far away from me
And my soul will be free
They won’t go when I go

Since my soul conceived
All that I believe
The kingdom I will see
‘Cause they won’t go when I go

And I’ll go
Where I’ll go
No one can keep me from

MY DESTINY.

They won’t go, when I go.

Paris Michael speaks her love

It was Grooooooooovy!!!

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Even without 2008 King Herb Black, a late start, no shelter from the pelting rain, and some performances that were just ‘passab’, Groovy Soca finals managed to hold its own Saturday night.

Our female artists failed to break the Groovy Soca song barrier once again but QPid came first.GroovyMonarch-Qpid-300 She locked in second place with a stellar performance (from sexy career woman to bacchnalian) that had the crowd with her from the word go.

But the July 4 production did not quite hold the audience throughout. It was not all groovy, with the mixed bag of artistes making for continuous highs and lows. 

Beginning late, after promises, promises, promises, of an 8p.m.-sharp on-time start, the Finals got into the groove with some decent guest artistes.

Things shifted into high gear with Esteban, but immediately went to the other end of the spectrum with Lady Empress and Dean Roberts. But the crowd came with it and could not leave Ashanti alone, joining in his catchy chorus. Zionomi looked fresh and performed like a pro (as did his dancers) but Vicky, despite her on-stage antics, took the show south.

TC Brown, who would steal the first-runner-up spot, played to the judges and had his (almost signature) steel-pan ringing. Floopsy, Phyness (she added a real cosmopolitan touch to the night) and Soca Princess were not that memorable. Viking, Marlon and Nintus raised the level but QPid (with Coakes in tow) really turned it all the way up.

Marie-Anne’s genie was slow out of the bottle and Lady Cece (she really likes that style of top) did not quite look like she came to party. Toya (on the verge of a wardrobe malfunction) and King Fa Redd (was he pimping?) were so-so (intermission anyone?), and the crowd probably stayed put in anticipation of Alpha and Teddy John’s performances.

King Alpha again got it on the money, with arrangement, lyrics, presentation and performance that were just what the judges ordered. Teddyson hit some sixes at number 19, highlighting the 6p.m. end to carnival 2Kwine and the banning of songs by RSL 6.60, but he slashed his score with too much commenting and not enough performing.

It was hard to tell how much King Herb Black was missed as the 19 did include some heated acts that managed to keep the crowd alive. However, the night highlighted the need for some artistes to be given more airplay before the show as that clearly impacted on crowd response, which is a crucial part of the points awarded as well as the atmosphere that’s created for the audience. It also begs the question as to why the songs that were most popular with the audience were not necessarily those on show. Do we need less performers or different criteria?

Presentations too, were pretty narrow, with the costumed girls (not enough oiled down guys), confetti, rags and wining. A little more creativity please (where’s Adrian and Sharmark when you need them).

The venue too, had an impact on the vibe. The show has been built on a more intimate atmosphere which the Samaans Park venue did not deliver last night (yes we got WET!!). The TEM Band and the DJ did keep the hype up (props!) as did M.C. Pringles AKA Superman, who helped to save the show, giving the huge audience a lift when needed.

M.F.

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Ban More Songs!

Don’t blame me, I voted for rights and responsibilities. So I say ban more songs because there are a few more calypsos and socas out there that need to be taken off the air. But why stop there? While we’re at it, I say ban them in the calypso tents and competitions, on buses, at public events, on the streets and even in the homes of those who play them loud enough for the neighbours to hear.

Why is a political song the first or only one banned? There are many more songs that are dangerous, not just to certain individuals, but to all of us collectively as a society.

Invader’s “Canteen” as an example, encourages disrespect for the entire institution of government. The song does not disagree with particular policies or the actions of certain individuals; rather it uses one of the coarsest derogatory terms to insult almost every government office. Where are all the voices that protested when HTS broadcast young men expressing what they felt about the actions of the police? Would it have been ok if they wrote a calypso instead?

“Janet” too should be taken off the air for promoting offensive language that disrespects women. Considering the increase in the violence against and abuse of women and girls which is rooted in the attitude that all women are worthless, should we be encouraging such chauvinistic language?

The “Popotte” song from last year was one of the worse examples of a song that practically begged to be banned. “Popotte” basically promoted adult males eyeballing, discussing and desiring little girl’s vaginas. But that’s ok; paedophilia is ‘we kolcha’.

It’s also we kolcha to accept any and everything from politicians, letting everything go to rot while we waiting for the next few years to show we vex. But it’s not about who is in there as much as what we let them get away with. We can change the names but all some politicians need is five years to suck enough out of the state to feather their nest. They will even sue their own government if necessary. So of course I understand Radio Saint Lucia’s choice to ‘pwere d’ouvern’.

It’s not the first time this particular political party, by the hand of different individuals of course, has chosen to try to stifle dissent but they shouldn’t even have gone to al that trouble because as usual, Saint Lucians will only talk the talk…

 WHERE’S SUPERMAN WHEN YOU NEED HIM?

 WHOOSH! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman! HD no less! Saving the day for carnival lovers everywhere!

Despite his efforts a six o’clock curfew still have us crying, “Somebody save me, go on and break right through and save me, don’t care how you do it, just save me, save me, come on; I’ve been waiting for you.”

Superman, we need you!! Save us!

Save Carnival

Save Carnival

Give our government courage, give our policemen vehicles (they don’t even have ‘PA 11’ to patrol on foot), give our people self-restraint, give us FREEDOM!

Michael Bread

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Thanks to Alex grant for sending me this story about MJ. RIP.

ELIAS KIFLE MARAIM BEYENE, 50, DJIBOUTI , EAST AFRICA

 

I won’t ever forget Michael Jackson because his contribution to the song We are the World had a very significant effect on my life.

I am 50 now but 25 years ago I was living in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia , which at that time was suffering from a long drought and famine.

It was a terrible situation. Lots of people became sick and many more died. Around one million people in all were killed by the famine.

In 1984 Michael Jackson, along with a number of other leading musicians, made the song We are the World to raise money for Africa .

We received a lot of aid from the world and I was one of those who directly benefitted from it.

The wheat flour that was distributed to the famine victims was different to the usual cereal we bought at the market.

We baked a special bread from it.

The local people named the bread after the great artist and it became know as Michael Bread. It was soft and delicious.

When you have been through such hard times you never forget events like this.

If you speak to anyone who was in Addis Ababa at that time they will all know what Michael Bread is and I know I will remember it for the rest of my life.