Sunday, August 30, 2015

Crazy sings against crime

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‘STOP THE MADNESS’: Crazy (Edwin Ayoung)

Mark Fraser


When veteran calypsonian Crazy (Edwin Ayoung) heard the news of State prosecutor Dana Seetahal’s murder he was moved to go on to YouTube and search for Bob Geldof who in the 1980s created the Band Aid movement that brought together artistes from the US, Europe and other places in a united effort to raise awareness and financial aid for Africa.

Geldof and Band Aid served as inspiration to Crazy, who sat and penned a calypso titled “Stop The Crime”.

He then went to music producer Rishi Mahatoo of Maha Productions and together they gathered several calypsonians, soca, chutney and reggae artistes to record the song.

Among the artistes featured on “Stop The Crime” are reigning International Chutney Soca Monarch KI (Kris Persad), reigning National Calypso Monarch Chucky (Roderick Gordon), Black Stalin (Leroy Calliste), Blaxx (Dexter Stewart), Olatunji Yearwood, Stinky, Prophet Benjamin (Devon Samuel), Baron (Timothy Watkins Jr), Singing Sandra (Sandra des Vignes), Sugar Aloes (Michael Osuana) and Natalie Yorke.

“Crime in Trinidad has gone overboard, especially murder. Now, any person being murdered is a terrible thing, but to see that we have come down to someone such as Dana Seetahal being shot to death like that tells us how far gone things are. So I was moved to write this calypso in the hope that we can as a nation really put a stop to the madness. I went to Rishi Mahatoo and over four days we got the artistes together,” Crazy said.

Crazy wrote most of the lyrics for the song, but prolific calypso composer Winsford “Joker” Devine wrote much of the second verse. Mahatoo produced the music alongside Crazy, who actually created the melody. Crazy also credits businessman Mohan Jaikaran with giving him the idea to create an anti-crime anthem for the nation.

“Mohan Jaikaran suggested that I write a calypso speaking out against crime and bring together artistes to record it. His company, WIN TV, will do the video for the song. We are going to have a march against crime with all the artistes walking through Port of Spain. The authorities have been unable to deal with crime and so now we the artistes have to try. We have the pen, the music and we can get the people to stand with us. Somehow, some way we must find a solution to put an end to this,” Crazy said.



SONG LYRICS



“Stop The Crime”

by Crazy



Still among the stars

With all the wealth she has

Blood flowing all over)

We pledge never to give up

The battle must never stop

Now or ever

Don’t leave her alone

We must show concern

Trinbago is in danger

We must heed this

redemption call

Our country need us all

Together

Forever



Chorus

We must fight this fight

Till we make things right

And the land is heal

By the truth reveal

For in faith and prayer

We shall overcome

We shall conquer

Criminals beware

We must now declare

That the war is on

So it must be won

For the children sake

And make no mistake

Is their future



CHORUS

For us to stop this crime

Let’s work together

We must stop this crime

And make life easier

We got to stop this crime

It is the only way

We have to stop this crime

We must start from today

Love we must restore

Abundantly

And we’ll live once more

In peace and harmony

It’s a sacrifice

We must pay the price

To return once more

to our paradise

We must stop this crime

We have to stop it (3x)

Now is the time

To stop the crime



Verse 2

If we stand up now

Together somehow

We can fix this problem

We know it won’t be easy

To provide our country

With a new system

But we have to try

To turn this battle cry

Into another anthem

We must stand and walk hand in hand

For our twin island

And save this tropical gem



Chorus

We must fight this fight

Till we make things right

And the land is heal

By the truth reveal

For in faith and prayer

We shall overcome

We shall conquer

Criminals beware

We must now declare

That the war is on

So it must be won

For the children sake

And make no mistake

Is their future



CHORUS

For us to stop this crime

Let’s work together

We must stop this crime

And make life easier

We got to stop this crime

It is the only way

We have to stop this crime

We must start from today

Love we must restore

Abundantly

And we’ll live once more

In peace and harmony

It’s a sacrifice

We must pay the price

To return once more

to our paradise

We must stop this crime

We have to stop it (3x)

Now is the time

To stop the crime