Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Massive Gosein defends "obscene" song

Chutney singer Nirmal "Massive" Gosein says the People's National Movement (PNM) Women's League is being hypocritical by condemning his latest song, when the League failed to condemn offensive remarks made by PNM leader and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Gosein received a reprimand from Chairman of the Women's League Camille Robinson-Regis over the "obscene" song titled "Rowlee Mudda Count".

Robinson-Regis said the song was not only degrading to women but the video, which featured a woman in blackface, was a racist depiction of the PM's mother. She called for a boycott of all events associated with the song.

However, in a statement, Gosein said the objections were amusing and only helped to make his song more popular.

The video for the song gained more than 8,000 views on YouTube in the last 24 hours.

"I thank them for helping me to publicise my song as I have in fact received several more bookings for performances and thousands more hits on you-tube as a result of their intervention," Gosein said.

He defended the song saying double entendre is a well-established tool in the calypso artform that the PNM never objected to before.

"Robinson Regis did not object to “Oma Account Big” – Rootsman, “Paul yuh mudda come”- Crazy and “Yuh mudda can’t” – Sprangalang," he stated.

He referred to controversial comments made by Rowley in recent months saying Robinson-Regis had not shown any concern when Rowley told women to choose their men wisely, compared women to a golf course that needs grooming and referred to Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar with the term "jammettry" and the statement "she could bark at meh dog, I goh ignore she cyat."

Gosein further slammed Robinson-Regis' silence on "racist" songs sung by calypsonians Cro Cro and Sugar Aloes.

A defiant Gosein said calypsonians seem to be reluctant to criticize Rowley and the PNM though there were many calypsos criticising Persad-Bissessar as well as former PM Basdeo Panday.

"We must be able to call a spade a spade as the naked and raw reality is there for all to see."

He said he makes no apology for the song nor the props in his video. 

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