MUSIC FOR THA PEOPLE
by Dalton Narine
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Sorry, Bob. Just a paraphrase. Youíre not alone.
Same same here in Trinidad & Tobago.
Me too, and some of we too have been following your line of thought.
For example, weíre not grazing animals, and not a soul had the Savannah Brass to question Kes and the Band's decision to foresee the brouhaha over what the latest long pants scenario has wrought in such a short time.
Not even the Calypso Lord, David Rudder.
Here is Rudderís take in my film, MasMan.
ďTo define Trinidad . . .
If you canít find a definition for Minshallís art
Is because you canít find a definition for Trinidad
Trinidad society is a strange place
First of all, to the rest of the world, one and one equals 2
To start to understand Trinidad, 1 plus 1 is eleven
One and one is 11 in Trinidad.Ē
Just a grain of salt?
Or, is it, well, GRASS?
Good thing Kes had the Savannah Brass to Bulk up the latest Panorama drama.
Kes could have gone further, ringing in the chant in Jesus Christ Superstar.
What's the Buzz / Strange Thing Mystifying
What's the buzz? Tell me what's happening
(I could give you facts and figures)
Why should you want to know?
Don't you mind about the future
Don't you try to think ahead
Save tomorrow for tomorrow
Think about today instead
Hey, guys and girls, I feel I can talk to you with ease, knowing that whatever I say won't really, really go any further.
Yeah, right. But the deed is done. So, whatís the buzz?
Our scenario is akin, somehow, to war in the Middle East.
Kes on the Savannah Grass
Lordy, you could be attacked by the hooves of horses trampling around the track; or answering your doorbell; calling for who can rebuild the blind in we. Better yet who have bling; worse, come to grip with who has the power to stop the madness?
How about building our hopes!
Yeah, that, too. And, how about trampling on this sweet, grassy green vibe on Jouvert?
Or, the real deal from Kes:
Is the place of bacchanal
In this sweetful botanical this Carnival.
OK, OK, my swan song inspires, though now it expires.
Exodus was initially criticized as too polished but later regarded as visionary in taking reggae to a wider audience.
Ha! Wait till the Panorama to hear how we do we ting.
Polished? Visionary? Wide audience?
Not me, I donít criticize. I speak my mind, in tongues, by the way.
Yeah, in Town
This is the fourth in a series by Dalton Narine, leading up to the Panorama Finals
Dalton Narine is a Belmont-born Trinidadian who dabbled in the arts and wrote about Trinidad & Tobago culture. He spent the other half of his career as a filmmaker and TV broadcaster during T&Tís annual Carnival. Narine is an avid collector of calypsos by The Mighty Shadow, a singer, he says, who had a knack for telling stories on himself and his own country that, at last, has embraced him.
contact Dalton Narine at: email@example.com