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Letter: Vincies grin and bear it!
Published on May 8, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

With the official launch of Vincy Mas 2014 in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), I had to go digging through the Vincy calypso archives. Now, what the Vincy calypso archives reinforce in my head is that we have a bunch of hard of hearing and hard headed people in SVG.

It was the legend “Sun Blaze” that sang, “A pig meet a snake by the side of a lake.” Some how many Vincies miss the moral of Sun Blaze’s story. They chose not to listen to cousin Milton and allowed the political wanderer in the ocean to wash up on the beach.

My buddy “I-Pa” hit it big on the calypso scene with “Free Up South Africa”. Today almost 30 years later, I am wondering if I-Pa shouldn’t be singing “Free Up SVG”. I-Pa’s song said, “I-Pa reporting” then a policeman slap him and told him to sing about that.

Seems like them police didn’t listen to I-Pa’s “Country First” and put your country before your party! By the way policemen, you are there to serve and to protect the nation, not the party!

Things today in SVG are so dire that the people are as “De Man Age” said “Stress Out”. Little Tokyo in the heart of Kingstown looks worse than “In the Ghetto” of the 1970’s. But we have propagandists trying to desperately convince the nation that things are better today.

“What is this at all?” Ah wonder “Who fooling who,” or is it that “Them fellers smoking too”?

Seems like a bunch ah people in SVG need some “Spectacles” and also need to “Wake up”! Because as “De Man Age” also lamented, “We got a country to build”!

Imagine a politician in our nation insulting the people by saying he lost the November 25, 2009, referendum because he did not give them enough galvanize, lumber, cement, etc. One year later, he turned around and did just that and won an election.

Now you see that middle finger is sticking out clearly at you all. Yes, the one that was said to be a perfect middle finger in our nation’s parliament.

Come on people! Listen to “De Man Age” when he said we have to choose between good and bad, love and hate, right and wrong, these are “Choices” we all have to make. Choices determine your faith and affect the life you living!

This letter all got started by going into the Vincy calypso archives. History should not be repeating itself in SVG. It is time we listen to the calypsos.

Now that the country is upside down, let me pull another classic calypso from the archives, this time it is from the “Black Ebu”. As he said in his 1993 big number “Bear yo grinds,” Vincentians bear yo grinds! So, please just grin and bear it, pretty soon a change is coming!

Peace and justice and get real.

Lenford O’Garro

P.S. I am stepping out of the Vincy calypso archives to remind all Vincies what “Sugar Aloes” from Trinidad and Tobago said in his 2001 song, “Ah pleading the fifth,” you get a government, you deserves!
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