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Watch that packaging, Denyse

I know that money is a problem, but when an artiste of the stature of Denyse Plummer releases a beautiful ten-song compilation without a proper presentation, I feel bewildered.
Friday, January 13, 2012


I know that money is a problem, but when an artiste of the stature of Denyse Plummer releases a beautiful ten-song compilation without a proper presentation, I feel bewildered. 
Artistes must always come out well-dressed, not only in fantastic costuming, but with their CDs as well.  Let’s get one thing clear here, I love Denyse like cooked food, but I think a sleeve with a brief bio of Denyse is appropriate. She is no fly-by-night performer and, as a national award holder for her sterling contribution to calypso, she cannot drop the baton. 
Denyse has survived the racial baptism of fire as well, and the humiliation of toilet paper in Skinner Park, San Fernando years ago, but has stood strong. However, go out and buy this ten-song compilation as it is worth every cent. You’ll get favourites like Nah Leaving, Carnival Killer, Together Right Here, Carnival Come and others. My favourites are the two medleys, Party and Old Time Calypso and A Nation Forges On. Maybe, just maybe, Denyse might want to improve on the packaging in the future.
KIPA calls for order in soca country
It’s a song which, if disc jockeys give a fair roll of the dice, could go places. I am talking about the single Order by Kiana “KIPA” Patrice. Order is a fast-paced social commentary that’s sweet and rich like a chocolate smoothie. Following on the heels of his debut 2010 single, Suck The Cane, Order is much more in order than the debut song that deejays found offensive. Now KIPA is hoping DJs give Order the airplay it deserves, but he isn’t counting on it. It seems that only two singers are rotated like crazy on the radio, Kees Dieffenthaller and Machel Montano; and that shouldn’t be. “Soca music is not about two singers,” says KIPA.
Bally makes soca switch
Errol “Bally” Ballantyne has gone after the soca dollars. Mr Muzik is forced to think that way as Party Fever is devoid of Bally’s usual political and social commentary. This catchy and jumpy song is designed to appeal to the soca crowd, and it will. Mainstream calypso has no home, except apparently on Calypso Cafe hosted by Llewellyn “Shortpants” McIntosh. 
I can’t blame Bally, a clever songwriter and political satirist, for making the change. Party Fever is arranged by Junior “IBO” Joseph.
Rapso’s soldier Jones delivers his songs
He’s normally behind rapso artistes playing his double seconds with great ease. Now Benny Jones has ventured out of his shell to deliver a great rapso song. Congratulations Benny. I am hoping to hear more from this young rapso artiste, a member of the Network Riddum Band. I like his two-track CD called Rapso Music. Benny should feel proud of this rhythmic and catchy song he has written. Two names figure prominently Gregg Assing and Martin “Mice” Raymond. Background vocals are by Abroneka, with percussion by Wayne “Lion” Osuna completing the package. The normally laid-back Benny has dedicated this CD to his family, Stretch, Mandela Resistance and the Network Riddum Band. With his trade mark smile, Benny is truly one of the gentlemen of rapso.



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