The year 2017 ended with the major discussion in our troubled nation being not about crime, the economic situation, corruption or the flooding that has tormented many. It has instead ended with heated debate about the lyrical content of a “chutney” song, which seemingly takes jabs at someone in high political office.
I have always held the view that content of our local music, be it calypso, soca and especially chutney, left much to be desired. However, it has been so because the listening audience laps up the derelict content and makes it popular. We crown racially charged compositions on the big stage, we break loose to the mindless “wine and jam” on the streets, and we glorify infidelity and alcoholism to plagiarised Bollywood tunes.