accompanied by a guitarist, gestures during her performance,
calling on the audience to take back T&T from the criminals.
Photo: Sean Nero
Women of rapso protested the nations growing social
decay and spiralling crime rate, in song, last Thursday, and
called for a return to strong family values and respect for
Their crusade complemented similar ongoing efforts by rapso
stalwarts Bro Resistance and Karega Mandela.
Both artistes tackle these issues in their musical works each
time they take the spotlight.
At a musical showcase titled Woman in Rapso, held at the AV
Room, National Library, Port-of-Spain, female entertainers
heightened the campaign for the citizens to take back their
lives and ultimately save T&T.
Sister Ava, Denise Charles, Gillian Moor, Shakilah, Linda
Byron, Rachel Kennedy, Sister Sonja, Terry-Ann Broomes and
MC Tamara Williams all voiced concerns relating to the high
level of deviant behaviour prevalent in T&T and made a
clarion call for a return to better days.
Denise Charles opened the show with a hard-hitting piece titled
Greatest Sin, in which she asked: Did you know the devil
created an entire new wing in hell for crooked politicians
in T&T? Politicians are the greatest sin in T&T.
Shakilah directed her cannons at critics who challenge her
credibility as a rapso artiste, saying: A lot of people
want to categorise me, but rapso is my foundation. I stand
on my foundation, whether I dance in jazz or blues.
Then, she called on citizens to fight for the betterment of
T&T, as well as the common man since victory is
want to hear God, because crime is hurting the country,
was the cry from Sister Sonja.
She continued: Blood flows like water and each day we
hurt another. The nation is mourning. Children are dying.
This land of mines is in trouble and pain.
Recent attacks on the rapso art form by Tuco president Michael
Legerton, who said this genre of music was not calypso, did
not escape the attention of Sister Ava.
are people who feel that rapso has no place in this land,
but God will deal with that. God is not only a father, but
Moving on with her performance, she offered the popular number
titled Shake the Tree and Let the Manna Fall.
The celebration of womanhood and sisterhood were heartfelt
from a cast full of conviction.
Delivering an item called Wo-man, Rachel Kennedy addressed
the issue of waning respect for women, saying that without
them there would be no new life, while Linda Byron offered
a three-song medley in which she celebrated the countrys
strides, condemned the bad boy culture and pointed to a return
to spiritual values.
Entertainer Gillian Moor took the audience back to the days
of Governments crime initiative called Anaconda, in
which she related the attacks on the urban rude-boy by the
joint army and police patrols.
She sang: They would storm the so-called ghetto, a PR
pappy-show in broad daylight, taking away our human rights.
A police statea big snake in town.
No one assembled could escape the energy that filled the AV
room, neither could they misconstrue the messages conveyed.
The events on stage moved hostess Tamara Williams to say:
I call on fathers to bond with their sons and give their
children love. Fathers need to be more visible. Mothers have
their faults and will make mistakes too, but fathers must
be visible in a positive way and return balance in the homes.
Terry-Ann Broomes gave the audience reason to laugh with a
piece titled Never to Love Again.
speaking about getting a horngetting a tabanca,
The audience laughed hysterically.
Additionally, Broomes took patrons back to her childhood days,
sharing pleasurable experiences she had in the company of
her mother and grandmotherthe people who taught her
about developing family values, which are said to be almost
non-existent in todays society.
A guest performance from Carol Jacobs ended the evenings
Jacobs had no rapso item to offer, but her infectious soca
rhythms were welcomed.
She related her familys decision to migrate to the United
States of America, the pain it caused, the adjustments they
had to undergo and their love for sweet T&T.
Hush Yuh Mouth was the first selection on her three-song repertoire,
followed by Carnival Deficiency Syndrome, before culminating
the evenings playbill with A Tribute to Kitch.