Sunday 20 September, 2020

Terri Lyons: I’m not bothered by the haters

Reigning Calypso Monarch Terri Lyons

Reigning Calypso Monarch Terri Lyons

Reigning Calypso Monarch Terri Lyons said she is not bothered by any criticism she has received for the lyrics in her winning tune “Meghan My Dear.”

Loop News spoke with Lyons at Dimanche Gras about a viral Facebook post by former Journalist Niala Maharaj titled: “ONCE YOU GO BLACK… YOU SING NONSENSE.”

In the post, Maharaj said: “Kaiso had once been defined by searing wit, genuine emotion, satire, joy, mischief and music. Now, you have to put your brains into an induced coma and march to the PNM beat. And yet they compel children in schools to pay obedience to this anachronism.”

Lyons shook her head when she saw the post saying: “I guess that person is not educated much about Kaiso. Kaiso is all about picong, Kaiso is about taking words and twisting it, Kaiso is about being funny. There are a lot more degrading songs on the radio, which I’m sure she liked. As much as people are happy that I’m the reigning monarch, there are a lot of others, especially writers that are very upset.”

“I don’t have time to entertain the negativity because I grew up with picong. Zandolie all these people have been singing Kaiso with picong and twist and smut.”

She said the message behind the song was to celebrate the strength of Meghan Markle and Queen Charlotte of England to live their lives in a space that did not appreciate their African ancestry.

“Being black is a strong thing. As much as a black person might have their ways, we are good people. We are good enough to be royals. That is what we were before it was taken away from us. So this is just a reminder that we are just regaining our path in history,” Lyons added.

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