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... gives an internal perspective on the lives of the four talented soca stars.

Talent just seems to be reigning on the local landscape and with the recent launch of a new local film called Soca Power it is safe to say that Trinidad and Tobago is the hub of creativity. The film was produced by Maturity Music Company and a French production company. It showcases the pulsating rhythms of soca music and in depth interviews with four influential soca artistes, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Faye-ann Lyons and Isaac Blackman.
The launch took place at Movie Towne and its producer Jean Michel Gilbert of Maturity Music saw it as an opportunity for other producers to get involved.


The film follows the four influential local talents throughout one Carnival season, moving from behind the scenes at large concerts to the heat and heart of Carnival: the streets.


Isaac Blackman, son of the infamous Ras Shorty I and one of the leading voices of Jamoo music praised the film for its attempt to underscore the origins of soca and local culture. During the film Isaac spoke about his father. He recounted the trials his family endured and the lessons all his siblings learnt during the difficult times. "It shows the wide diversity of our culture, and is as real as it can get in every dimension. I think it¹s excellent and I¹m very proud to be a part of it."

This film takes you on a soca history trail but it also adds substance and gives an internal perspective on the lives of the four talented soca stars.

Maturity Music co-produced Soca Power in Trinidad and Tobago with ADN Production Paris and Trace TV, with the support of French National Cinema, the T&T Film Company and the European Union.

Claude Santiago, who is well-known for his treatment of music-related features, directed the film, which was filmed and produced using the latest audio-visual technology, high Definition technology and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.

Soca Power in TT is part of a six-part series of films called Musique Creole, which is based in the Caribbean. The music of TT is featured alongside that of Guyana, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique and Puerto Rico. The film first premiered in April at Canal+ Studio in Paris, where it was well received. It will also be released in Barbados, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Martinique; and broadcast on French television and on Trace TV, which airs in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Trini conquers L.A
« on: June 07, 2008, 02:18:39 PM »
Los Angeles, California - Trinidad and Tobago's very own Nadia Batson is being wooed by significant independent labels after her grand showing at the trendy Dragonfly club in Los Angeles.

Nadia's sultry and powerful performance impressed the audience which included some of the key influential figures in LA's entertainment sector. In attendance were executives from nation-wide record labels, a major promoter of sporting events throughout the United States and decision makers from MTV, Hits Magazine, top A&R consulting firms, movie production firms, print and electronic media as well as publishing and record label outfits. The energy and tremendous buzz created by the Trinidad and Tobago contingent including Kes the Band, Maximus Dan and their management team continued into the night's performance.


Our local entertainers were also VIP guests to an Interscope Records promotion event at a chic club in Sunset and interacted with celebrities and well known R&B producer Airrion McCoy and executives from BMI.

This LA experience for Nadia Batson was partially facilitated by the Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Company whose mandate to internationalize the sector aligned with the potential benefits of the project.

T&T Ent continues to invest in internationally focused projects, that help to promote the entertainment products of Trinidad and Tobago. A decisive factor in the funding of this initiative was the targeted audience base which included those outside of the Caribbean Diaspora.

T&T Ent is excited about the imminent outcomes of other T&T Ent funded projects involving artists such as Choc'late Allen, Marlon Asher, Savant Limited and 3 Canal.

T&T Ent was established under the Ministry of Trade and Industry to foster the growth and development of a globally competitive entertainment industry. The company looks forward to establishing closer linkages with the artistic community through its country wide workshops.

T&T Ent is in the process re-engineering its TTEntOnline.com website to include downloads of new and archival music files and digital videos as well as a searchable on-line database of all those involved in the performing arts and entertainment sector of Trinidad and Tobago. This website will be the first dynamic point of contact for regional and international bodies seeking information and contact persons for our local sector.

VP Records presents the latest installment in the Soca Gold series

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Since its inception in 1997, the Soca Gold series has led the genre with breakthrough hits and enduring classics. Carnival Competition determines big hits in Soca and establishes young acts in the genre. Soca Gold serves as the soundtrack to Carnival. Released on May 20th, comes the latest installment: Soca Gold 2008.

Soca Gold 2008 includes stand out sunshine-soaked songs by Fay-Ann Lyons Alvarez, Roy Cape, Kerwin Du Bois & Shal Marshal, and Ricky T, each of their songs have been hits at Trinidad’s carnival. Soca Gold 2008 also includes bumping, party-ready tracks from Mr. Dale and Don Trent, which have been hits on New York radio.

A bonus DVD comes with Soca Gold 2008, which includes live performances from Fay-Ann Lyons, Roy Cape, Ricky T, Farmer Nappy, Roy Cape featuring Blaxx, Edwin Yearwood, Kerwin, Shal Marshal & Bunji Garlin at Trinidad & Tobago Carnival 2008 and Crop Over 2007. The DVD also includes music videos and plenty of Carnival vibes that make up more than 90 minutes of viewing entertainment. If you couldn’t make it to Carnival 2008 in person, here’s your chance to go behind the scenes like never before.

Track Listing:

11 CHIPPIN' (with me own woman) - FARMER NAPPY *


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Fella yuh serious??
« on: May 22, 2008, 06:33:57 PM »
Ah mean to say fella...yuh really put your face in dat arse?. :devil:..Saucy Wow aint that good to have me like that nah


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Is this Kaiso or Soca?
« on: May 19, 2008, 07:23:37 PM »
Allyuh is this Kaiso or Soca?..ah see one of de posters ask de question


General Discussion / Wha allyuh love bout T&T de most?
« on: May 11, 2008, 05:03:53 PM »
I had to re-do the poll after complains from members ...After we done run de poll we could have a better understanding of the members on the site

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Machel tops World Music awards
« on: May 10, 2008, 02:18:17 PM »
Machel tops world music award
  Soca superstar Machel Montano dominated the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in New York last weekend, receiving not only the most wins of the night but also the most coveted awards of the night.

These include the Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer Award, Most Outstanding Stage Personality of the Year and the much-coveted Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year Award.

Held last Sunday at the Apollo Theatre in New York, the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) is a production of Martin's International and Associates LLC in association with American Airlines.

Each year, reggae and world music industry experts select the nominees for these awards and music fans across the globe vote for the winners via ballots, which are made available online and in various newspapers, restaurants and record stores.

"One reason the IRAWMA award is such a coveted trophy is that winners are selected by reggae and world music fans around the world," founder and president of the IRAWMA, Ephraim Martin, said.

Other winners on the night included Taurus Riley, who took home trophies for Best Male Vocalist and Best Song - "She is Royal", Beenie Man, who earned awards for Best Recording Artist and Best Male DJ/Rapper, as well as the Marley brothers Stephen, Kymani and Ziggy, who received awards for Best CD (Stephen for Mind Control) Songwriter of the Year, and Producer's Respect Award (Kymani).

Ziggy Marley received the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award for charitable efforts achieved through his URGE organisation.

With a bunch of new awards added to his mantle and resume, Montano continues his upward climb as he films the video for his latest hit, "Defence (The Anthem)" this week with reggaeton star Pitbull and US rapper Lil Jon in Miami and Los Angeles.

Following that, Montano joins Pitbull, Miley Cyrus, Flo-Rida and Snoop Dogg at the KIIS FM concert on May 10 in Los Angeles. All this, even as his new album, Wining Season, becomes available online and in stores.

"I am totally overwhelmed and very grateful to the fans, the voters this weekend, and especially the awards committee," stated an exuberant Montano, after collecting his awards.

"It's motivation to put in the hard work for bigger and better things to come."

Since the end of Trinidad Carnival 2008, Montano has stayed busy, headlining back-to-back shows at the world-famous Madison Square Garden for the second year in a row and performing in the Cayman Islands. He is now readying himself to thrill fans at the upcoming "Best of the Best" show in Miami during Memorial Day weekend.


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / What year this come out?
« on: April 24, 2008, 10:55:54 PM »
What year did this classic Soca song came out?..one poster on the site said 1982 but I am 90% sure that it came out for 1986 Carnival..


General Discussion / Do T&T also celebrate death?
« on: April 06, 2008, 04:59:20 PM »

You know, for the most part we have truly become a violent nation. That we are considered the most murderous country in the world is not even an issue anymore. Violence has so permeated our culture it has become an integral part of the way we speak, even the very way we live.
I remember watching the Stanford Twenty20 cricket finals earlier this year and as the Chris Gayle-led Jamaicans folded embarrassingly under the spotlight of the final, Beenie Man and Machel Montano were interviewed by a roving reporter who wanted to know which team they thought was going to win. Montano replied that he thought Trinidad was going to win, arguing that it was Trinidad's time because they had lost to Guyana in the previous final. There was nothing wrong with that. After all, he is Trinidadian and he was supporting his home country.

However, when Beenie Man spoke, a very cold chill ran through my body because, aside from his inability to adequately articulate his thoughts to the tens of millions of people watching worldwide (yes, Jamaica is not the world), he kept singing with glee statements like "Murder! We a go murder dem!"

Each time the words left his mouth I flinched because here was perhaps one of our most popular entertainers, reinforcing to the world that we are not satisfied with beating opponents at sport, we have to murder them too. And then we turn around and wonder why people like the New Zealand netball team are afraid of coming here.

In an earlier match in the Twenty20 competition, I don't recall if it was during the quarter-final match, or the semi-final against Guyana, a bunch of violent-looking Jamaicans were seen hoisting a mock coffin into the night sky. It might have seemed harmless to many of us, but to people living outside this country, that coffin can conjure up images in the minds of millions that visiting Jamaica is tantamount to attempting suicide.

Bit by bit we're sending the message to the world that not only are we surrounded by the spectre of death, we celebrate it.

And when you hear the reasons why people are killed in this country you really have to wonder what the heck is going on. The most recent story that jumped at me was one about a woman who was killed because she refused to have sex!

Are you kidding me? What next? Do we go into a supermarket and find that the prices are too high and we shoot the manager? Do we shoot the loan officer at a bank because he or she turned down a loan application? Have we completely lost our minds?

It seems these days that our interpretation of dispute resolution is murder. You and someone can't agree on something, it's best just to kill them and get it over with. It's absolutely crazy!

This latest case is even worse than the one a couple years back, when two teens killed a cab driver so they could steal his money because they wanted to buy sneakers. When that story first broke, I remember doing a double take because I could not believe I had just heard that these kids killed a guy because they wanted to buy shoes. This latest one, though, made me sick to the stomach.

What sickens me even more is that I am sure I am not the only one who experiences these feelings of revulsion in response to what is going on. But do we plan to do anything about it? We would rather run away.

General Discussion / My spill for this weekend
« on: March 30, 2008, 03:37:33 PM »
Alyuh listen to dis one..So right now yuh boi Sando in Oakland for a couple weeks....and last night he padna say leh we go and buss ah lime in a popular Caribbean Club (Karib City)..As soon as yuh boi reach in de club it jam pack and all he hearing is African accent and dialect all around..African outnumber the caribbean people 3 to 1 and all ah dem Africans know all de Reggae and Soca tunes playing in de club...Collie budz song Mammasita(however yuh pronounce dat shit) and some new Movado song was a big hit in de club last night..and Machel song from a few years ago "Madness" had de whole club in a frenzy...and allyuh done know me and meh Trini crew was representing strong when de Soca play...(Everybody could have easily assumed dem fellas is Trinis)De bartender was looking good from far but when you get close, she far from good...Next time ah go ah asking de bartender for a carib..want to see how much of a Caribbean club is this, if dey dont have any carib...Done know Carib hard to find in Cali....So yeh this is just my spill for de weekend!

What about Track & Field / Brown vs The rest
« on: May 26, 2007, 07:35:08 AM »

Brown vs The Rest

Kwame Laurence klaurence@trinidadexpress.com

Saturday, May 26th 2007

Trinidad and Tobago track star Darrel Brown is the favourite for men's open and invitational 100 metres gold at the 2007 Hampton International Games.

Brown will face the starter at 6.45 this evening, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, in a race he is expected to win. On May 5, the 22-year-old athlete clocked 10.02 seconds in winning his 2007 century opener, at the Jamaica International Invitational, in Kingston. He followed up that victory with a 10.13 seconds triumph six days later, at the Qatar IAAF World Super Tour 2007 meet, in Doha.

Brown is second on the 2007 IAAF performance list-behind Bahamian Derrick Atkins (9.98)-thanks to his 10.02 run in Jamaica.

The last time Brown competed at home, he clocked a personal best 9.99 seconds in finishing second to compatriot Marc Burns (9.96) in the 2005 Sagicor National Open Track and Field Championship men's 100m final. That race was the first-ever legal sub-10 100m dash in T&T. With the right conditions, another sub-10 run could be witnessed at Hampton 2007.

Among the sprinters expected to do battle with Brown at the Crawford Stadium today are Jamaicans Chris Williams and Marvin Anderson and Americans DaBryan Blanton, Mickey Grimes and Preston Perry.

Of the five, Grimes has the best PR (personal record)-9.99 seconds. However, he produced that clocking back in 2003, and has managed a legal 2007 best of just 10.37. Last Saturday, though, with a 2.1 metres per second wind at his back-just above the 2.0 legal limit-the 30-year-old sprinter clocked 10.19 seconds to finish second at a meet in Florida, USA.

Anderson's best clocking this season is a personal best 10.15. Blanton has run 10.17 in 2007, Williams 10.18 and Perry a personal best 10.30.

Brown is also expected to compete in tomorrow's men's 200m event. Jamaican Usain Bolt, T&T's Kevon Pierre, Dominica's Chris Lloyd and American Kyle Farmer are listed to face the starter in the half-lap race as well.

Quality performances are expected in today's women's 100m dash. Reigning Commonwealth Games 100m champion Sheri-Ann Brooks, of Jamaica, T&T's Fana Ashby and British Virgin Islands sprinter Tahesia Harrigan head the list of entries, which also includes Ivory Coast athlete Cynthia Niako.

Also on the day one programme are the men's and women's 400m events, as well as the men's 800m.

The men's one-lap race is expected to feature Grenada's two-time world indoor champion Alleyne Francique, Bahamian Andrae Williams, American Obra Hogans and T&T's reigning world junior champion Renny Quow, who clocked a personal best 45.62 seconds in finishing second at the Felix Sanchez Invitational, in the Dominican Republic, a fortnight ago.

The women's 400m field includes Americans Demetria Washington, Angel Perkins and Licretia Sibley. And in the men's 800m, T&T's Sherridan Kirk tackles Puerto Rican David Freeman and Haiti's Moise Joseph.

Starting time at the Crawford Stadium today and tomorrow is 1.30 p.m.

Cricket Anyone / Khan: T&T team totally committed
« on: May 12, 2007, 06:43:38 AM »

Khan: T&T team totally committed

Mark Pouchet

Saturday, May 12th 2007

The Trinidad and Tobago national senior cricket team received $650,000 for training and development towards their preparation to defend their regional titles in the 2008 season.

The T&T squad claimed the KFC One Day title and the Carib Challenge Shield while grabbing second spot in the Carib Cup competition during this year's regional season which concluded just prior to the commencement of the ICC Cricket World Cup here in the Caribbean.

Yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the squad-minus West Indies players, T&T skipper Daren Ganga, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Ravi Rampaul-was hailed as a great example for the West Indies team to follow and they were honoured for their achievements.

Team manager Omar Khan said their success was owed to "stringent factors" put in place by the management and the governing body for the sport locally, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB).

"In the last two to three years the T&TCB has provided programmes to develop players not only in their technical skills but also in their personal development," Khan stated, "and they have led to this team's discipline and response to be totally committed to the cause of representing Trinidad and Tobago proudly."

Khan said he emphasised the relationship between effort and reward with his charges, noting "the bigger the effort, the bigger the rewards", a key principle that saw the T&T squad proceed to register a regional record of 11 consecutive wins-their last four Carib Cup four-day games followed by the seven KFC one-day matches.

He also said the West Indies team could learn a lesson from the approach of the T&T regional squad.

T&TCB president Deryck Murray echoed those sentiments.

Murray recognised the huge gap between the West Indies and the world's top teams like Australia and Sri Lanka and advised that the T&T cricketers, by their demonstration of professionalism and discipline, would not sit on their laurels.

Also at the function to honour the team was West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine, who told the players they should be proud of the regional success they achieved in one year, a feat that evaded him as a player in ten years of national team representation.

Ramnarine, deputising for retired Windies skipper Brian Lara who was said to be unable to attend, stated the national squad's success was a result of a combined effort by the T&TCB, the management and the players.

In his turn, Sport Minister Roger Boynes commended the role of the T&TCB for their adhesion to proper accounting principles in the disbursement of funds and their clear development plan.

Boynes said the Government had allocated just over $3 million to the Cricket Board during the financial year 2005-2006, a figure that included $540,000 for the STAR programme that targeted form one students.

He added that the Government had also partnered with the Board to fund the eight high performance centres (seven in Trinidad and one in Tobago); specialist batting and bowling clinics for under-15 players all the way up to under-19s; financial assistance to the six zonal councils; 12 bowling machines; the primary/secondary schools associations; zonal cricket competitions; and $500,000 for the senior team's development last year.

Boynes reported he had recently received confirmation from the Ministry of Public Utilities and the Environment about approval being granted for the installation of floodlights at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

What about Track & Field / Brown again!!
« on: May 12, 2007, 06:38:41 AM »

Brown again!
T&T sprinter whips Olympic champ in Qatar

Kwame Laurence klaurence@trinidadexpress.com

Saturday, May 12th 2007

Trinidad and Tobago track star Darrel Brown picked up from where he left off in Jamaica last Saturday when he whipped his rivals in the Qatar IAAF World Super Tour 2007 men's 100 metres final, in Doha, yesterday.

In near-still conditions, Brown romped to victory in 10.13 seconds, gaining a comfortable cushion on Jamaican training partner Michael Frater, who filled the runner-up spot in 10.19.

After the race, Brown was a satisfied sprinter.

"It was a pretty good run, but I felt a bit tired from the long plane ride. I came in on Wednesday morning."

Reigning Olympic 200m champion Shawn Crawford, of the United States, was forced to settle for bronze in 10.20, just ahead of Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba (10.21). Portugal's Olympic 100m silver medallist Francis Obikwelu copped fifth spot in 10.24.

Yesterday's result represented the second one-two finish in as many meets for the Jamaica-based MVP Track Club. One week ago, at the Jamaica International Invitational, Brown clocked 10.02 seconds-his fastest-ever opener-to claim the 100m title, ahead of Frater, the second-placed finisher in 10.13.

"The two races were almost the same," Brown told the Express, yesterday. "It's just that this one had more high-profile names, but it was almost the same.

"The season is still early...I'm just taking one race at a time. Right now I'm healthy and running strong. When the bigger guys come out, I'll see where I'm really at."

In the preliminary round, yesterday, 22-year-old Brown topped the second of two heats in 10.22 seconds to lead all qualifiers into the final. Crawford and Jamaica's Chris Williams were second and third, respectively, clocking 10.25 and 10.31.

T&T's 2005 World Athletics Final champion Marc Burns-competing in his season-opener-finished sixth in heat one and 13th overall. Running into a 1.6 metres per second headwind, Burns got to the line in 10.50 seconds. Frater won in 10.38.

Later in the meet, Williams topped the men's 200m field in 20.24 seconds. Crawford (20.59) finished a distant second, while Gambia's Jaysuma Saidy (20.62) copped third spot.


(wind: -0.1 m/s)

1 Darrel Brown (T&T) 10.13

2 Michael Frater (JAM) 10.19

3 Shawn Crawford (USA) 10.20

4 Olusoji Fasuba (NGR) 10.21

5 Francis Obikwelu (POR) 10.24

6 Christopher Williams (JAM) 10.27

7 Dwight Phillips (USA) 10.34

8 Yahya Hassan I. Habeeb (KSA) 10.43

What about Track & Field / Brown, Burns, Frater on show in Qatar
« on: May 11, 2007, 06:09:45 AM »


Trinidad and Tobago sprint stars Darrel Brown and Marc Burns are among the Caribbean athletes who will compete at today's Qatar Super Grand Prix. Both are expected to show off their wares in the men's 100 metres dash.

Brown is coming off a season-opening 10.02 seconds win at the Jamaica International Invitational, last weekend.

Burns will run his season-opener at the Qatar meet. Also in action will be Brown's training partner and World Championship silver medallist Michael Frater.

Reigning Olympic 200m champion Shawn Crawford, of the United States, and Portugal's Olympic 100m silver medallist Francis Obikwelu are among the sprinters expected to do battle with the Caribbean trio.

Some attention will be on Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba, who finished second in last year's Qatar 100m dash, behind banned American Olympic champion Justin Gatlin. In that run, Fasuba clocked 9.84 seconds and Gatlin equalled the 100m world record at 9.77 seconds.

In the women's 100m, Jamaica's Commonwealth Games champion Sheri Ann Brooks leads the charge against American world champions Lauryn Williams and Allyson Felix.

The women's sprint hurdles event has an impressive cadre of competitors, enhanced by four Jamaican entrants-World Championship silver and bronze medal winners Delloreen Ennis-London and Brigitte Foster-Hylton, as well as Lacena Golding-Clarke and Toni-Ann D'oyley.

The Bahamas will be represented in the women's 400m by Christine Amertil, in the women's long jump by Jackie Edwards and in the men's triple jump by Leevan Sands.



"Boy,'' which is what some people still close to him still call Machel Montano, whatever his eventual soca success, emerged from the calypso tradition, "The Letter," the song that brought him to public attention by winning him the Junior Calypso Monarch competition all of 25 years ago belongs firmly in that tradition. In keeping with that tradition, then, Mr Montano would be well advised to sing out his side of the Zen fracas as other calypsonians have done before him.

I wasn't at Zen on the night but I find the assault of which he has been accused to be totally out of character of the, well, character with whom I have had a relationship of sorts for each of those 25 years, neither Liz, his mother, nor Monty, his father, having passed on violent genes to either of their sons, Marcus or Machel so, if is anything, it has to be environmental, Machel letting on, amazingly, that he has had drinks thrown on him many times - who are those drink-throwing-on-other-people soca louts I wonder.

Still, it is all very well for Machel to hold press conferences to protest his innocence but in the good old days of calypso he would have been winning friends and influencing people with tunes in the manner of Blakie, say, whose "They Say Blakie Kill a Man'' is a wry understated putdown of rumours to that effect, the song having resonance precisely because his compatriots well know that Trinbagonians, to a man and to a woman, is a seta "they say" people.

Still, there's no gainsaying the fact that Blakie's kill-a-man song was, well again, in tune with a time when some calypsonians liked to portray themselves as "bad johns" as likely to slap you down as look at you, Sparrow, singing in his "Bad Johns'' how he "tired beat up Dewah, Spree and Magoto'' and how "Big Teddy Kingsale fraid'' he "more than he fraid the jail'' and none of them taking Sparrow on since they well knew that Sparrow couldn't beat up nobody least of all those razor-carrying bad boys of those years, the once-notorious "Fisheye'' laughing with me at the very idea.

Still again, Machel is sure to know and could well draw inspiration from the most celebrated calypso defence of aggressive action ever, Sparrow brilliantly laying out the back-to-the-wall scene in this 1960 road march contender :

"Well, they playing bad, they have me felling sad

Well, they playing beast; why they run for Police,

Ten criminals attack me outside ah Miramar....,Ten to one is murder

About ten in the night on the fifth of October......Ten to one is murder

Way down Henry Street, up by HGM Walker....Ten to one is murder...,

Well, the leader of the gang was hot like a pepper....

And every man in the gang had a white-handle razor...

They say ah push they gal from Grenada....

Well, ah back-back until ah nearly fall in the gutter...,

You could imagine my position, not a police in the area.......!

Well, ah start to sweat, Man, ah soaking wet.....

Mama, so much threat, that's a night ah can't forget.......

Ten ah them against me, and fifty spectator....

And the way dey coming up like dey want to devour...

But in the heat of the excitement, is then ah remember....

In me next pants pocket, ah forget me wedger....

Ah don't know what to do, but ah can't surrender...

They say they go cut me down as small as Pretender...

But as the crowd start to gather, ah started to shiver.......!

In the still of the night, ah was really in a fright....

Me alone against ten, ten vicious men......

Ah remember ah had a chicken at Miramar....

Well, ah said to meself: 'that's mih last supper....''

But ah get away and ah run, till ah reach Johnson corner...

They take off in me skin with big stick an' boulder.....

The fella in front was a very good pelter....

Ah hear 'potow pow,' and the crowd start to scatter.....!''

Looking back now it seems incredible that "Ten to One" did not win the road march (it was second to May-May, also Sparrow's) but it formed a permanent part of this great calypsonian's repertoire. Readers will note (and, maybe, that should be young readers, since generations already know what to note in this classic) that Sparrow never admits to firing any gunshots as he was accused of doing. He just "hear potow-pow and the crowd start to scatter'', so it was left to his great rival of the time, Lord Melody, to sing "Beware, Sparrow have a gun", "Mello" seizing the opportunity to berate Sparrow but only in picong, friendly fire, at it were, Melody in the last verse of the same song jumping to Sparrow's defence and arguing that whatever shots the "Bird" blasted were blasted in self-defence.

Another classic calypso defence was made by the late Merchant who, charged with the very serious crimes of robbery and rape, came up with "Let No Man Judge'' which, while it did not go into a step by step denial of the charges, was timed to put forward the argument that you had to be in the shoes of the wrong-doer to really know, "Let No Man Judge'' not only causing an immediate stir but the philosophy behind it, rightly or wrongly, echoing down the years. So Machel, boy, take this old man's advice and sing yuh way away, if not out of, this mess. And, if I were you, I wouldn't wait until next year but sing it now while the ting still hot.

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