"A calypsonian singing a verse about a politician or asking an audience to vote for him does not tarnish our image; but a violent response resulting in the beating of the calypsonian and going as far as threatening to drown him in a pool can do untold damage to our reputation as a people."
Papa Vader in his rationalisation of the Blotje debacle which took place in Choiseul village last weekend reminded me of former Dominican pace bowler, the late Grayson Shillingford who (it is said) destroyed the cricketing career of arguably St. Lucia’s most graceful and "correct" batsman. Perhaps, St. lucia knows that when it comes to calypso, Papa Vader is equally good in “pace” and “spin” versions of the art form. And it is in this context I am trying to determine the speed of the delivery he pitched up to Gilo which once again exposed this graceful cricketer’s vulnerability.
|GILO: FORMER NATIONAL CRICKETER & POLE-VAULTER|
|PAPA VADER IN FULL FLIGHT|
|ACADEMIC OR POLITICAL AWARDS AT GERTRINE|