February 24 th . 2017
TITLE: The Jam continues.
Another Carnival Friday is upon us and the season is now in the fullest swing possible.
We would like to start this blog by congratulating Christina Chattergoon of Couva West
Secondary on her triumph in the School’s Intellectual Chutney Soca Monarch.
Chattergoon’s piece concerned child marriage and the furore it has caused.
From all reports, Chattergoon’s theatrical and musically sound performance spoke louder than
any legislation, or any body, religious or political fighting against allowing children to be that:
Organiser Dr. Vijay Ramlal-Rai said it was difficult to get sponsors, despite the competition
being fully endorsed by the Ministry of Education. He noted the name of the competition as the
“Intellectual” Monarch and lamented the selections sang by adults, which simply are not
appropriate for children.
Of course, another furore developed between the Minister of Education and the head of the
SDMS, Sat Sharma. While the Minister lamented the lack of Hindu schools in the competition,
Sharma was quick to retort that the Minister should take care of his own schools.
What’s Trinidad and Tobago without a little bacchanal in everything, right?
But the person that must be highlighted in this blog is that Road March Contender, MX Prime.
The artist has changed his persona over the years, and his music has adjusted to match.
That infamous German leader, Adolf Hitler once said, “The broad masses of a population are
more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.”
Now in no way is the author comparing a soca artiste to a totalitarian dictator capable of genocide.
But Hitler’s statement rings true.
Whether the masses have noticed it, but MX Prime has played into the unconscious social
conscience of the Trinbago populace.
And MX Prime has turned himself into a seer: Port-of- Spain on fire? We jamming still!
The economy in trouble? We jamming still!
As a person who has lived in “foreign,” one can appreciate the need and desire for Carnival as a
form of expression and release of tension.
Yes this is Carnival Country. One can only love how our world stops so we can play a mas.
But remember, the world does continue to revolve, and at some point, we will have to get back on.
So play yuh mas, but be safe. Let the spirit take you, but never let it control you.
From all of us at TAJ 92.3FM, however you enjoy this long weekend, enjoy it doing what you love,
with those who matter most.