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Tourist Leggo

Sung by Mclean ‘Short Shirt’ Emanuel
Written by Shelly Tobitt

1.
Carnival
Jouvert Morning
Just as the band start parading
I in Scot’s Row jamming tight with a leggo
Pretty little yankee tourist at that
She say she come down from Halifax
And she never see carnival
So she come to join in the bacchanal
She want to go jump and play she mas
Just like an Antiguan
She want to go jump up
And join in a j’ouvert jam
Join in the greatest vehicle of expression
Jumping in the steelband
Dancing in the sun

Cho.
She want to romp, she want to dance
She want to jump, she want to prance
She want a man
She want to jam
She blood run cold every time she hear a pan roll
Bi Dang Dang Bi Dang Bi Dang Bi Dang Dang
Bi Dang Dang Bi Dang Bi Dang Bi Dang Dang
She want to romp and shake she waist
She want to make mas in the place
She want to romance with a man
She want to wine wine wine wine
Roll roll roll roll
Jump jump jump jump
Romp romp romp romp

2.
From the start you could see the girl love the art
We calypso and we steel band
Man, she really love the jam session
Quietly the girl said to me
Shorty, what a glorious symphony
The music seems to fill you with rage
And make you feel like you on a stage
Oh what an artistic excitement moment of history
A gala of beauty
Festival of dance, song, and spree
The melody, the harmony … (?)
Singing in she brain driving she insane

Cho.

3.
Mas for so
Look the pan man dem on the go
Everybody shouting with glee
Wining, shaking their body
The place well hot and the music sweet
Prancing feet igniting the street
And then she couldn’t take it no more
Suddenly the woman explode
With an ungraceful wobble just like if she was swimming
Jumping without timing
Singing with a strange harmony
Trouncing, chipping man like if she go fall down
Two bottle of white rum underneath she arm

Cho.

 

For more Antiguan and Barbudan lyrics, see the Song Lyrics data base. All lyrics transcribed by Joanne C. Hillhouse. Please help in correcting any errors or share any lyrics you may have so that we can continue to build the data base. We do not own the rights to these works and no profit is being made; they are being shared exclusively for educational purposes.

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Calypso Battle

Update again (July 25th 2017): This story has been fast moving so this update may already be dated. But last I read, Queen Ivena was being told she had to either remove the ‘offensive’ lyrics or lose her spot in the semi-finals (which went by last weekend), and last I heard she opted for door number 2. This may be the last update as I don’t want to get too deeply in to this as this space belongs to Wadadli Pen (maybe at some point, I’ll write about it on my own blog), but the writer and journalist and free thinker in me is disturbed. It’s one thing for the PM to follow through on his threat to sue for defamation (though honestly I’ve heard calypsoes more scandalous than this one e.g. – this calypso did call names and I was a child but I remember adults lapping up each line). It’s quite another thing, if the reports are true, for the body responsible for staging the calypso show to deny a calypsonian access to the platform given to calypsonians to sing their song (in a matter that has not yet been ruled on in the courts, to the best of my knowledge). This seems to be a harder line than the Carnival Development Committee took in 2010 when, in response to legal action involving objectionable lyrics by another artist, it reportedly said, that it can only advise an artist not to sing the song, not compel them to. Banning an artist from the stage feels unprecedented (stand to be corrected on that but I remember, through the years, even artists banned from the radio got to have their say on the stage). If the court rules that libel or slander has been committed, that’s one thing (it’s a risk). But this precedent (i.e. the Festival Commission’s change your lyrics or else you won’t get to perform), once set, can potentially affect not only the single artist but the art form as a whole (the internal pressure calypsonians and writers in general then feel to not offend and how that then re-shapes what they produce and dilutes the role of the calypsonian and the artist in our society). This concerns me as a writer and as someone who through Wadadli Pen pushes the literary arts (among which this site has consistently counted calypso) as an avenue for expression.

Update: According to the Daily Observer newspaper, Saturday 15tth July 2017, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has followed through on his threat to sue former Calypso Monarch Queen Ivena. “Queen Ivena was served on Thursday with a copy of the claim filed by Rika Bird & Associates on behalf of the Prime Minister,” according to the Paper. He reportedly claims severe injury to his character and reputation. The singer, based on the report, remains resolved not to change her lyrics (per his demand) as the song makes its way through the elimination rounds in the singer’s 2017 Calypso Monarch competition run.

At this writing, this posting of the song, ‘Nasty‘, is at over 7500 views and counting with majority up-votes/likes and user comments: e.g. “this is real calypso”.

ORIGINAL POST

A bit of context: There’s a calypso, by Antiguan and Barbudan Scorpion, which declares ‘Calypso go call Your Name’, and that has always been a hallmark of the art form, a folk music tradition that gained prominence as the voice of the people in a time when other platforms for free expression were not available. If you check our lyrics data base, you’ll see that speaking truth to power (via social and political commentary) is something calypso prides itself on. It does so via lyrical masking (symbolism, metaphor, pun, double entendre etc.). Just as often, though, names are called, and the cut is sharp and pointed. Ivena, who became, in 2003, the first female Monarch (as calypso is still a male dominated field), is the self-declared Razor Lady and has landed some cuts in the past. Usually politicians, often the villains of calypso, take it in stride, an alleged radio ban here or there, not to mention allegations of rigged calypso competitions; the chatter gets loud (to understand how loud you’d have to understand how topical Carnival is in season, across the Caribbean, summer in Antigua, and how intrinsic the voice of the calypsonian is to Carnival even with the popularity of soca), but lawsuits are rare. However, rare is not the same as never, and here we are. We try to stay out of politics here at Wadadli Pen, but we’ve covered calypso, an oral literary art form, on this site, including posting song lyrics, song writer credits, and artiste profiles, including this one on Ivena. It seems only right to share this local calypso battle, especially as it’s specifically over lyrics, and has now gained regional attention.

Antigua and Barbuda’s The Daily Observer reports on the possible legal battle between Prime Minister Gaston Browne and calypsonian Lena “Queen Ivena” Phillip if she does not change a line from her song, “Nastiness” [also known as “Nasty”]. The article does not quote the critical content, but you may check it out on YouTube. Queen […]

via “Queen Ivena” gets ready for battle — Repeating Islands

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Culture Must be Free – Latumba

*lyrics incomplete. Help fill in the blanks if you can.*

Writer: Shelly Tobitt

1.
`“They tell me they don’t want no politics at all this year
So when I come to sing, I must sing about love
They tell me is only Uncle Toms that they want this year
So if the crown I’m thinking of
I must sell my soul
for a circle of tainted gold
But my heart cannot buy it
my conscience reject it
for they lock teachers up in prison
and they beat them up without reason
innocently keep them in jail
and like slaves they refuse them bail
I say to hell with your competition
I want no part under those conditions
They don’t even bound to play my songs
on none ah dem two radio station

Cho.
But I go sing what I see
I go mirror society
Culture must be free
They cyaan muzzle me

2.
They tell me they don’t want no politics at all this year
They change up everything
new criteria, new judging
They say they only want songs that lie and say pretty things
So if I could sing just a little lie
Certainly I would be king
They have the power to make me king
Sing how the island progressing and a new day is dawning
But don’t sing bout the corporation
… (?)
a device they leave in Barbuda
nearly kill three men from Antigua
I say to hell with your competition
I want no part under those conditions
They don’t even bound to play my song
on none ah dem two radio station

Cho.

3.
They tell me they don’t want no politics at all this year
Everybody here believes not in a fairytale
They say they don’t want no revolutionary or socialist
But the man that they brand a communist
???…chaku waka…???
????
???…is my prison
I must sing bout all them policeman
that they have right up there in station
…??? tear gas …
they oppress, harass, and oppress me
I say to hell with your competition
They don’t even bound to play my song
on none ah dem two radio station

Cho.

Jah is my keeper
So whom shall I fear
Freedom to the brothers in the ghetto

This is part of the song lyrics data base and an extension of the listing of songwriter credits, both Wadadli Pen projects to capture the Antigua and Barbuda song book for educational purposes. No profit is being made. – blogger, JCH

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Gold Rush by King Obstinate

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Disclaimer: We don’t own this. We’re not profiting from it. This is a lyric share. Also, as the saying goes, calypso go call your name, and we try to capture the song in its fullness (keeping in mind that it’s transcription from an audio recording so we might not have heard right), but no slander is intended. This is simply part of an ongoing part of our project to document Antiguan and Barbudan literary arts for educational purposes as we have with the bibliography of publications by Antiguans and Barbudans, the song writers and playwriting projects, and our still wan lyrics data base. Please help us to correct any errors and complete these records, and appreciate in the intended spirit the work that has gone in to the research, preparation, writing, and sharing of all content on this site. Props to our artists who continue to produce outstanding works, like this Caribbean calypso classic. – JCH

1.
Years ago
When Antigua was down
And no whole ton ah money was around
Mi grandfather does say
Water more than flour
Tuppence ha’penny had plenty power
Them days
We suck sal’ to survive
It’s by the grace of God we were kept alive
But things has changed
In this state today
But the chosen few
Getting the big pay

Cho.
Antigua today has a gold rush (x2)
Henry Beckett get fu he
Wexelman get fu he
Dick Bartone get fu he
You could ask the Deputy
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
Jacobs get fu he
In New York City
Controlling the laundry mat
But Reagan didn’t like that
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)

2.
People flocking
From everywhere
And just dropping their anchor here
Some with blueprints and ideas alone
To suck the marrow and leave the bone
And while the politicians playing games with we
They grapping up all the land by the sea
So young people, that’s the reason why
Is not motor car, is house and land you must buy

Cho.
Antigua today has a gold rush (x2)
Jeff Harley get fu he
Stan Brown get fu he
Now they bringing in JB with four hundred TV
So get what you can, get what you can, get (2)
Ivor get fu he
Fort James property
To practice what he preach
Right on Fort James beach
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)

3.
Mi grandfather say
You mus’ hold your groun’
Be aware of all that’s happening around
Try and avoid all them dirty thugs
They’ll paralyze your minds with filth and drugs
And while they put you to sleep and rest
All of them will reap the harvest
So get a slice o’ the apple
While the apple’s ripe
Before dog eat your supper
And crapaud smoke your pipe

Cho.
Antigua today has a gold rush (x2)
DC get fu he
And garn way lef arwe
He live up Marble Hill
And Neaga sufferin’ still
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
Marshall get fu he, Humphreys get fu he, Dr. Willie get fu he
You could ask Cutie
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)

Outro:
Kendall get fu he
But he’s an attorney
So anything he squeeze is just his lawyer fees
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
The Italian get fu he
Now he want more money
And if they can’t pay he bill
He demanding Goat Hill
So you get what you can, get what you can, get
You gotta get what you can, get what you can, get
TMC get fu he, Patrick Dinay get fu he
Antigua Mason-ary ah way Mr. Smith get fu he
So get what you can, get what you can, get (x2)
Yearwood get fu he
Four hundred thousand EC
Four hundred acres of land
Ah what they put in he hand

 

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A & B Arts Round-up – June 4th 017 –>

July 23rd 2017 – Fashion Formation at the Copper & Lumber Store Hotel, English Harbour at 4:00 pm

July 3rd – 28th 2017 (registration June 26th to 30th, 9:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.) – the National Public Library Annual Summer Program. Call 562-4502/3.

June 29th 2017 – Fundraiser

June 24th 2017 – Lion King

June 17th and 18th 2017 – Shiva School of Dance presents Born to Dance at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, at the Dean William Lake Centre.

June 17th 2017 – Antigua Dance Academy’s Bring Yuh Drum and Come event – part of its 25th anniversary celebration. Activities will include an ancestral tribute, drummology (featuring Zuberi, Nayim, Jelani & Roghae; another one of by the Junior Drum Corps of the ADA; and another one by the Senior Female Drum Corps of the ADA), presentations by Priest Kademe Isaac and Elder Ras Soyyica Straker, poetry by Karen Henry, the ADA’s Junior Dancers and Senior Dancers in two separate presentations, and open invitational dancing and drumming; fading on the heart beat rhythm. It begins 10 a.m. at the Public Market.ADA

June 10th 2017 – 7:30 p.m. – Wadadli Pen Open Mic (usually every second Saturday but this is the last of the season) at the Best of Books bookstore – St. Mary’s Street

June 9th 2017 – 7 p.m. – Mary Geo Quinn, the Grand Dame of Poetry, launches Hol’ De Line And Other Stories – Runway 10 Conference Centre

p.s. writers and artists, remember to search for the ‘opportunities too’ page from time to time to peep new/upcoming submission deadlines.

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Only One Week to the Wadadli Pen Awards

Are you excited?

The Wadadli Pen Awards, which will be held 5:30 p.m. as part of the Wadadli Stories Book Fair, takes place on May 13th. That’s next week Saturday. We’re looking forward to it here at Wadadli Pen, too. That’s when our Finalists will be rewarded and the ultimate winners announced, which we would not have been able to do without the contributions from our generous patrons. Whew! This is the longest gap we’ve ever had between the actual awards (which launches every year in January) and the awarding (typically late March/early April), but I’m sure our patrons and finalists will agree that they have a bigger spotlight as part of the Wadadli Stories event. Believe it or not, even with a permanent team in place, we’ve needed all of that time. And then, once the 2017 Wadadli Pen Challenge season is wrapped, the team can exhale… until we get back to planning and executing the transition of Wadadli Pen from this project I launched back in 2004 in to a proper non-profit which could potentially out last even me. I dream. Anyway, hope to see you if you’re in Antigua at the book fair. There’ll be something for everyone from the Spelling Bee for the kids to the Erotic tent for the adults and somewhere in between a mini-comic-con complete with cosplay for the kids at heart. There’ll be professional development panels (such as my panel on editing), literacy activities (such as testing), readings (including my reading for the little ones from With Grace and for the older ones from Musical Youth), and much more. Go to the Wadadli Stories page for all the details.

17854813_10154497215021188_8497364273538347535_oFor more local arts events on our radar, go here

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A & B Arts Round-up April 25th 2017 —->

Saturday 9th December 2017 – Lypstick Production – annual pre Christmas concert fundraiser event. Contact information: 776-1924/728-6647 Lyp1911@hotmail.com

Saturday 13th May, 2017 –Wadadli Stories flyer Wadadli Stories Book Fair – 10am to 8pm, St. John’s City. N.B. the results of the 2017 Wadadli Pen Challenge will be announced at this event and the winners awarded.

May 4th – May 7th 2017 – Emile Hill Solo Art Exhibition, South Point Restaurant and Lounge – New artwork from Emile Hill, Antiguan Artist; also featuring the work of another talented local artist! This exhibition features new paintings, found art and sculptures inspired by Nature, or re-purposing materials found in Nature. All pieces will be available for sale.

April 26th 2017 – World Intellectual Property Day Open House and Mini Fair at the Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property and Commerce Office, Hewlett House, St. John’s, Antigua; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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