Daily Archives: 03/02/2013

“CABINET BOOTS” – by Eusi Kwayana – regarding banned calypsos

CABINET BOOTS –  by Eusi Kwayana

Dear Editor,

The reported banning of the year’s calypsos, or some of them from the government’s radio station or radio and TV stations  is a denial of freedom of expression in art. I had the pleasure of listening to De Professor. [see calypso link below]. I wonder what most frightened the government in it. I ask myself: Is this a rumour?  Can it be true? This is not the police now. This is cabinet rank. ”

Who appointed anybody in the Cabinet to decide these things?

Some two years ago, or less, when the columnist Freddie Kissoon described the PPP/C regime as fascist, I said to myself, ”Hello.”    Continue reading

Robeson Benn defends intervention in calypso playing

Robeson Benn defends intervention in calypso playing

Written by Demerara Waves Friday, 01 March 2013 [see comments]

Public Works Minister, Robeson Benn on Friday denied ordering National Communications Network (NCN) to stop playing the 2013 winning calypso titled ‘God Don’t Sleep’ but said he found the song offensive particularly on a government station.

“I said it is not for me to tell you to stop playing it but I said I don’t think it should be played,” Benn told reporters. The minister also refuted reports that he had stormed into the station and instructed that all the 2013 calypsos be banned, saying that his intervention concerning one song had created a ripple effect and rumour-mongering.

Benn described the lyrics as abusive and slanderous and could not be proven in a court of law. He said he was not immune to criticism but at the same time he could not support such a song being played on the station.    Continue reading