Carnival for tea,breakfast and dinner

All I do is think about Carnival !!! Join me on the road to carnival 2k7

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Location: Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

I love Carnival!!. Trinidad's carnival! Once a year my senses rejoice at the opportunity to douse my soul with intoxicating soca music, shed my cares and fears, and temporarily transfer my spirit into the mas. (S. Drakes)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean


The development of intellectual property awareness is in its infancy in Trinidad. It should help science and arts grow, but can do the opposite if the system is abused. It was a common sight to see the young and unemployed selling pirated CDs on the roadside with local music. These were custom-made CDs of the best songs, sold for a quarter of the original price.

These young street vendors complain that they have no other way of earning a living and that they are taking the bread out of there families mouth. The prices of original Cds with compilations, which include the best songs of the year, are expensive because of the copyright dues that must be paid to many artists and others. In addition to that a couple days after the song is released these music pirates already have them burnt and ready to sell, most songs only comes out on Cds after the Carnival season. Store owners who sell Original CDs had to resort to closing down their stores or joining the list of pirates because of wide scale piracy.

Artistes also feel like they are never fully compensated for their work and they relay the message that piracy is taking food out of their children’s mouths. I also agree with this but then there is another side to it these “pirates” blast and sell the songs of these local artistes throughout the streets of the major towns of Trinidad and Tobago acting as a form of promotion for these artiste. In turn these songs become more and more popular causing the artiste to be in high demand in the feting arena. When COTT started, they implemented a fee that would be paid by taxi drivers if they played their car radios. The same fee would apply for radio broadcasts in malls. The public outcry against this was tremendous. Some local artists boycotted COTT because they felt this would stifle their music, not help it. COTT claimed taxis were public places and broadcasts without permission were unauthorized. Wouldn’t anti piracy stifle their music as well?

Higher costs are a hard pill to swallow, is it better to be on the right side of the law and in good conscience. I cannot unknowingly steal from others. What is your stance?

Sunday, January 07, 2007

FAY ANN & BUNJI GARLIN CHRISTMAS CHARITY

I was writting a post for today about Fay Ann and Bunji and I came across this article Kudos to these soca stars!!!

Soca Mega Stars Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and Jadee, took time out from their over hectic schedule, finding time to share the spirit of Christmas with less privileged residents of Point Fortin...

The project which was part of a wider exercise involving other entertainers in areas such as The Beetham Gardens where poverty still exists. The Point Fortin project initiated by Fay Ann Lyons, liaising with the Point Fortin Corporation, distributed over sixty (60) hampers to individuals and families within the community.

During a particular delivery, tears flowed as the living conditions of a relatively young woman living with cancer appalled everyone. With none to really make her enjoy a comfortable living, both Fay Ann and Bunji contributed towards her medication for the next two (2) months. Fay Ann went on to assure her that she will do whatever she can to assist her condition. Lyons said that she cannot hang her hat where she can’t reach, but she will do whatever she can.

Fay Ann Talking to Residents
Upon exiting the house, Bunji said that he was in shock to know that in a country which boast of having so much money in circulation, people are still living in such poverty.

Fay Ann said that the exercise was the beginning of what will be programs to assist the society’s underprivileged organized by herself and other entertainers.

Local Gospel superstar Jadee added a biblical twist to the event by saying, he is bumming around for some blessing. He said that God blesses those who bless others.

Hampers were distributed throughout the community to pre-selected residents.

Due to requests received and sensitivity issues, we will not be featuring the recipients of hampers received.

Pointalive.com extends sincere appreciation to all who contributed towards the project.

Found on : http://www.southtrini.com/

Friday, January 05, 2007

Good Song, Bad Lyrics

Are you the kind of person who listens to lyrics or not? I'm the type of person who listens to mostly rhythms and beats. Some soca artist put words in there for a reason, to be heard, to spread a message, idea or thought. Others however just look for lyrics that make a good melody. Recently I noticed that there are songs I like but once I know the message I can no longer enjoy them since the message is not something that makes me happy to hear.

This happened to me a couple of days ago with Crazy's chune: Cold sweat. While driving with my mum the song started to play on 96.1,I pumped up the volume and started to sing the chorus. My mum frowned her face and said "crazy like to sing ah set ah rudeness eh". I stayed quiet and really took in the lyrics for the first time, I was a little upset over some of the lyrics in verses. For example she keep it cumin and cumin, cuming and cumin. After that every time I heard the song I bobbed my head and sang the chorus but the joy of hearing it just wasn't there any more.

During this week here I actually began listening to the lyrics of some of my favorite soca chunes. For example one of my old time favorites really shocked me, I don't know who sang it , here are some inserts:
"Here comes the lollipop man, ah wah yuh put up allyuh hand"
"Here comes the lollipop man, ah wah yuh understand"

"Sucking on the lollipop, suck it till yuh dribble drop"

"All de rude boys.. Stick it.. stick it stick it"
"All meh girl dem ..lick it lick it lick"

Do I need say more? Moving on!Some other ones that struck me as negative were Sherwyn and Bunji’s-water, Crazy’s Cock cah stand up ( hilarious) and save ah soul and many more, too much to mention.
A couple good examples did arise from my recent soca lyric research KMC's Three mile and first experience had some good lyrical content ,yet fun and relevant.

"We coming from Oxford street, Chip! Chip! Chip! Chip!"
"Last year for Carnival first time ah play mas."

"Last year for Carnival frist time ah play mas"
"Me and meh Woman on de trailer truck taken in the brass"


This years contribution from Zan arised as one of the winners the song title The Heart of a man – "Every creed and race find an equal place".Most of Destra's songs that I listened to over the period passed my lyrical test and I actually realized that some if her lyrics were brilliant. Remember the song celebrate? There are some inserts from the song listed below, do you know, I believe the girl was actually talking about losing her rag???lol

"Keep jumping Celebrate!"
"Keep waving Celebrate!"

"Last February when I lost u in the fete..nah nah nah nah"

"I soak yuh with burrybery cologne..nah nah nah nah"

Benji's new song for this year is also a winner, I jus love it, if you got jah in your life. Some other artistes worthy of mention was Patrice Roberts and Maxismus Dan.

Well since we have discussed some of the good and some of the bad.. let's discuss some of the ugly. The Ugly being some of the lyrics that just don't make creative sense no matter how u look at it. Let's start with Iwer George, who could possibly forget the song Hand!, Hand!, Hand!..some article that I read on the newspaper a while back stated that he mentioned the word hand more than one hundred and seventeen times (117). The man could have used another word to say hand, Maybe palm or arm or something, a classic case of writers block..lol.

Another example is Mr. Vibes and his song titled Thing…I guess I don't need to say anyTHING more on the THING song..lol. The strangest thing though ( no pun intended) is that I love them both, dem chune is real vibes in a fete!.

I also wonder if soca chunes influence people's thinking even if they aren't really listening. I know that many people believe in subliminal influence even going so far as to listening to tapes with subliminal affirmations. The lyrics are not even really subliminal since all you have to do is pay attention to understand them. So does lyrics matter to you??

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Job Specification and Description for The perfect Carnival Male companion


I never played mas with a male I always play with my group of girlfriends and last night I was wondering exactly how it would be to play mas with a man. I began laying out some characteristics for a male mas companion and these are my specs..lol. Add some more to the list..lol

Reports to: To me and only me.

Qualifications

  • No armpit and chest hairs.
  • More than Five O levels would be an asset including woodwork.
  • Matching clean sneakers for his costume.
  • Muscles and well toned body is always an added attraction.
  • Excess sweat will also be used a criteria to judge ones suitability for the job position.
  • Must be skilled at massage
  • Applicants under 5feet will not be considered.

Skills and Abilities

  • A Flexible approach to Wining positions.
  • The ability to wine on own initiative.
  • Extraordinary wining ability is definitely an asset.
  • He must be able to hide his jealousy and therefore must not have a problem with me wining with another man or even gaping at anotherman.
  • Personal work planning and organisational skills is a definite asset.
  • The Ability to work under pressure is mandatory.
  • Must posses the skill of carrying around all my essentials and being happy simultaneously.
  • The ability to know when it is time for us to go our separate ways .
  • Must know when to give yuh space!
  • He must realize that one song is enough and that he must not go further unless asked.
  • Must be able to hold his liquor this function is mandatory as he has to be able to protect and serve if needed.
  • Must have good interpersonal skills even under the influence of alcohol.
  • Must have the foresight to know, in advance, when you need a drink, & hand an icy cold one to you.
  • Must posses the art of complimenting i.e he must compliment me on the way i'm winning, winning skills how much I turn him "ON" and how I look all throughout the day.

Work Experience: At least 20 years wining experience.. having played mas before is also an asset.

Working Conditions:
Exposed to some danger of injury and to disagreeable job conditions.