‘STOP THE MADNESS’: Crazy (Edwin Ayoung)

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Crazy sings against crime

By Wayne Bowman wayne.bowman@trinidadexpress.com

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
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