Mr. Killa’s ‘Run Wid It’ giving Trinidad security officials “nightmares”

Mr. Killa’s ‘Run Wid It’ giving Trinidad security officials “nightmares”
Mr. Killa (left) and Stuart Young
Mr. Killa (left) and Stuart Young

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Which one of this sea­son’s ca­lyp­soes might be a “night­mare” for Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young?

Grena­di­an star Mr Kil­la’s Run Wid It is the cul­prit, Young con­firmed at a recent post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing.

Young quipped that it’s giv­ing those in Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty “night­mares” since the tune brings to mind peo­ple pick­ing up things and run­ning with it.

But that con­tro­ver­sy apart, if there are con­cerns about this sea­son’s tunes ob­jec­ti­fy­ing women, fe­male ca­lyp­so­ni­ans—like Na­dia Bat­son—are tak­ing up the fight for women with ca­lyp­soes like So Long, says Cul­ture Min­is­ter Nyan Gads­by-Dol­ly.

Young and Gads­by-Dol­ly spoke about the 2019 ca­lyp­so and so­ca picks dur­ing Thursday’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing when asked their choic­es.

Young said, “If you ask me to name the top five Car­ni­val songs this year, I won’t be able to name them. My head’s been down fo­cus­ing on safe­ty and se­cu­ri­ty. I did go to the Army fete out of a sense of du­ty, I walked the crowd and left a short while lat­er.”

While Young men­tioned Kees Diefen­thaller’s Sa­van­nah Grass and oth­ers he seemed less par­tial to Run Wid It. But he said he hadn’t heard many songs ob­jec­ti­fy­ing women.

Gads­by-Dol­ly’s im­me­di­ate favourites were Farmer Nap­py’s Hookin Meh and Bat­son’s So Long.

Her take on whether some of this sea­son’s tunes ob­jec­ti­fy women: “Ca­lyp­soes speak about the land­scape. If you look at our ca­lyp­so­ni­ans in terms of fe­male and male, most of our ca­lyp­so­ni­ans are male and a lot on the mind of en­ter­tain­ers at Car­ni­val time may be what they see in the pub­lic and speak­ing of gen­er­al is­sues in T&T, they speak about what’s im­por­tant to them.

“The is­sue of ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion may just re­flect the land­scape of the en­ter­tain­ment and the land­scape in T&T. I think I heard an is­sue about ‘Hookin Meh’ and that was an is­sue that res­onat­ed around the Caribbean re­gion. I’ve heard mixed views on it, as there will al­ways be peo­ple who see ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion in every­thing that hap­pens and then there are peo­ple who will not see that and see a dif­fer­ent view.”

She added, “I don’t know that there are less songs about women or if there are less songs that seem de­grad­ing to women. There are dif­fer­ent views on what ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion is, some of it doesn’t have to be bad and some of it def­i­nite­ly, I think, in the pub­lic view, could be bet­ter in how the song puts across the mes­sages.”

Young com­mend­ed all pro­tec­tive and se­cu­ri­ty ser­vices for the work they’ve been do­ing dur­ing the sea­son.

“We’ve had a very long run-up to Car­ni­val, longer than usu­al in the past few years. So far there’s been no ma­jor in­ci­dents. Dri­ven by in­tel­li­gence-led op­er­a­tions, we’ve had quite a suc­cess­ful pe­ri­od up to now,” he said.

“We’re now in the fi­nal stretch and plans are in place. I hope on Ash Wednes­day I can say we had a good Car­ni­val.

“The pro­tec­tive ser­vices will be out in num­bers and we’ll do all nec­es­sary to keep peo­ple safe and se­cure. I hope we have an in­ci­dent-free Car­ni­val. Be aware of your sur­round­ings, walk in groups, care­ful what you drink…and use sun­block.”


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