Songwriter and former Calypsonian, Mc Stephen Aubertin has asserted that when calypsonians sing ‘biting’ renditions against politicians, it does not indicate that they are against the politicians.
Aubertin, whose is known as ‘Lord Help Me’, explained that he sees no issue regarding the current crop of calypsoes.
“This is not something new – that has been going on for decades where calypsonians, who are supposed to be the voice of the people, write based on how they see things in the country, socially, politically and otherwise” he stated.
The former calypsonian recalled that he had made the calypso finals every year during a ten year stretch, and declared that he was no ‘lil boy’ when it came to the art form.
He observed that during his time, he wrote about all politicians, including the late Sir John Compton and the late Romanus Lansiquot.
Aubertin noted that Sir John, whom he respected as a politician, never commented on the ‘biting’ calypsoes.
“At the time he was doing certain things that were not right and I wrote about it, ” he told reporters.
Aubertin said some people would be surprised to learn that he has written songs against the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) which he supports.
“So it is not a question of persons being against politicians, it is just that the writers write about what they see happening in the country at the time – and that’s how it’s supposed to be,” the former calypsonian declared.
His comments follow media reports that Castries South East MP Guy Joseph, who is also Economic Development Minister, had pushed back at this year’s political commentary from numerous calypsonians.
According to the reports, the minister on Tuesday raised questions about the songwriters and suggested that the lyrical content should be more ‘uplifting’.
“Mr. Guy Joseph can say what he wants – it is his right to talk,” Aubertin said in response.
“If Mr. Joseph wants to come on the radio and allow the songs to get more popularity, he can do that.”
Nvertheless, Aubertin made it clear that personal attacks against politicians and members of their families should be off limits.