Bodyguard's song is a quite unimpressive and weak song in my view, and from the lyrics posted fails to deal adequately with Sat Maharaj's comment. Furthermore, I don't think that Sugar Aloes is taking away from the essence and purpose of calypso. That started to happen a long time ago with the heavy PNM affiliations and influence within the calypso industry, that have blinded Calypsonians to deeper issues of social justice and the addressing of ills.
Calypso tents filtering and censoring songs is nothing new. It happened strongly with anti PNM songs such as Valentino's 'Dr Williams, We Don’t Want no Revolution'. Sugar Aloes will get flak, not just because of the act of a tent manager filtering a song, but because of the perceptions about him selling out, because of his performance on a UNC platform and the notion that he is censoring an anti -People's Partnership song. I have no sympathy for Aloes here, as for many years he was part of that sort of political hatcheting.
The People's Partnership very well deserves the jamming they get. However, the jamming is weak and goes nowhere in taking the country forward if it is just in the vein of UNC versus PNM, Indian versus African. In the Calypso arena this has largely been the legacy of the PNM bias that exists. There is the strong view that once you are African then you must support the PNM.
It is unfortunate that people are only interested in addressing race and racism along political lines or the very narrowly defined lines of Africans versus Indians.
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