Sean Paul set to hit the Gaiety
Sean Paul Henriques, one of
the biggest crossover success stories of the dancehall world, will
perform in St Lucia October 19 at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay.
BET and MTV have been playing the video of Paul’s smash hit “Gimme
the Light” directed by Little X, who has worked regularly with major
The exposure is paying off and Paul is getting
added to the playlists of urban stations throughout the United
States and beginning to rise in Europe as well.
“I remember being
a bathtub singer. You know, the type that sings and everybody’s
like, ‘Shut up,’ ” says Paul, whose parents were swimmers on the
Jamaican national team in the 1960s.
These days Paul, who also
swam in his fair share of water polo and swim competitions as a
teen, still has everybody talking with a mix of reggae DJing and
singing that Jamaicans have dubbed “sing-jay”.
“The words I use
in this song, we don’t usually use those terms in Jamaica— ‘Gimme
the light, pass the dro,’ ” he said of his surprise hit “Gimme the
Light” and its lyrics. “I did it so [American] heads can pick up on
it. It’s a party song. I’m glad people take that in that context.
I’m not telling kids to go do this [smoke].”
As a youth in
Kingston, music that filtered in from the US was one of Paul’s
Paul’s aspiration to follow in the paw
prints of rap/reggae hybrid expert Supercat wouldn’t come to
fruition for a few years— he had to get the blessing of his mother
“I begged my mama,” Paul remembered. “I had them buy me a
keyboard, and that’s where my whole music genesis came from.”
But even with the equipment supplied by his parents, Paul still
had to convince his mom that the money he was bringing in as a chef
and a bank teller would be nothing compared to his dream profession
as DJ extraordinaire.
“I said to her, this is what I want to do,”
said Paul, a graduate of Kingston’s UTECH University. “Let me try to
do this. Give me a year after school.”
He didn’t even need that
long. His first try at putting out a song, “Baby Girl,” became a
radio hit in Jamaica. Two years later he started to flood the
Caribbean with smashes like “Infiltrate” and “Deport Them,” both of
which made it onto his US debut, Stage One (2000).
With the US
market being difficult for many reggae artist to break into, Stage
One suffered from meager sales, even though “Deport Them” became a
club staple. Paul, who can be caught on upcoming albums by Mya and
Beenie Man as well as the Clipse’s remix to “Grindin’,” said he’s
studied and found the perfect formula for his follow-up, Dutty Rock.
“With this album, I’m trying to show growth where my music is
spread out to more than just the dancehall riddims,” he said.
“Sometimes in the biz you have to do things different from that
mainstream and just make your music the way it feels.
doing some different things,” he continued. “Doing some of my songs
in Spanish. I don’t really speak Spanish, but I was taught by this
dude that’s from Cuba. I’m trying to stick out in different ways.”
Despite all the hype surrounding Sean Paul, the DJ remains
modest—“It humbles me to know that I can get through as a DJ because
I had the opportunity in life to do the bank thing. Some people
can’t get them life there. So me haffa give thanks for what I have
and I try not to make anyone feel negative at all, because even the
slightest thing can make someone feel negative. And positivity is
something that always drives me and the music I create.”
for the Sean Paul show can be purchased at Anthony’s Jewelers,
Steve’s Barber Shop and Sunshine Bookstore.
|By Nicole Mc Donald|
From left: Goretti Johannie, Melissa Joseph,
Prisca Victorin, (Back Row) Silvina Augustin, Velma St
Catherine and Siana Jean
it or not, the police men and women patrolling our streets are not
all akin to Robocop. To prove it they will take to the stage on
October 20 in a beauty and talent pageant.
The pageant, which
will incorporate men and women, is part of Police Week celebrations
being held under the theme “Police and the community working
together for a brighter future”.
According to organisers, the
purpose of Police Week is to reinforce the message that the public
and police need to work together to ensure a crime free
One of the pageant contestants, Linus George is well
placed to know how the public reacts to the police. He has been with
one of the most talked about police divisions, the Criminal
Investigations Department (CID), for ten years.
“It has been a
challenging ten years for me,” said George. “With fighting crime, a
lot of things happen to you. You tend to lose a lot of your friends.
They do not see that you are actually working for them. The public
often believe the police are working against them.”
He said that
working in the department which gets the most flack from the public
boosts his confidence. “It does not break my spirit, actually it
builds me up. When we go out there as police officers we are there
to do a job,” he said.
“The CID is the department responsible
for fighting crime and any time a crime happens we are the ones who
respond. We approach every scene in a very professional manner and
we just do our best. We hope that the public sees that.”
added that he was all set to make a difference. “We want to let the
public know that we are working for them and we are ready to
Twenty-five-year-old Corporal Prisca Victorin
representing the precinct of La Caye, Dennery said that what people
don’t know is that the Force helps build character. “The Force has
helped me build my self-confidence, communication skills and my
character,” she said. “Sometimes it is very challenging, especially
as a woman. I have learnt to accept myself as an individual.”
the contestants seemed to echo the same sentiments: Joining the
Force changed their lives.
The show will be held at the Gaiety
on Rodney Bay. Tickets for the show can be bought at police stations
throughout St Lucia.
Also on the cards for Police Week are a
police debate, a calypso competition, an open day, inter-divisional
games and athletic meets with participants from regional forces.
How sad to hear that St Lucia is being seduced by
the lure of captive dolphins by the promoters of Dolphin Fantaseas.
Dolphin Fantaseas says its goal is to teach respect for all living
creatures and the environment.
It might want to start by
returning the six dolphins they captured in Cuban waters to stock
their two facilities in Anguilla and Antigua. These dolphins were
removed traumatically and without knowing what impact this had on
the wild dolphins they left behind.
Dolphin Fantaseas professes
their love of dolphins, however, it is “love” utterly devoid of
respect. In order to capture dolphins, high speed boats chase them
to the point of exhaustion. Isn’t this called
Dolphins are often injured by boat propellers and
capture nets. Those that are injured are dumped back into the ocean
with no regard for their injuries. Calves who are still associated
with their mothers are often the target due to their aesthetic
beauty. It is not uncommon for dolphins to have heart attacks and
die from a capture.
Does this sound like a company that cares
about the conservation of the species?
As for the educational
value of captive dolphins, I see none. What are we learning about
the true nature of dolphins when we force them to eat dead fish,
house them in small sea enclosures and force them to interact with
humans every day? These behaviours are completely contrary to how a
dolphin behaves in the wild. What Dolphin Fantaseas is really giving
the public is a prefabbed, prepackaged, counterfeit dolphin
We must learn to respect dolphins for who and what
they are, not what we’d like them to be.
|By Jeanine Toussaint|
UWP leader Dr Vaughan Lewis: Prepared to
awaken the party from its
Ever since the United Workers Party’s highly publicised city
protest in July, the opposition has remained relatively
But last Friday, party leader Dr Vaughan Lewis, alongside
his deputy Lenard Montoute and Arsene James, attempted to break that
stretch of silence.
What has the UWP been up to? Dr Lewis made
it clear that members were “back in the field,” preparing for an
upcoming “substantial” national council meeting.
“We have been
on the road in the meantime—not as publicly as we were in relation
to Soufriere,” Dr Lewis explained, “but we have been trying to
reconsolidate and reconnect with our supporters.”
And as for the
once-touted demand for a Soufriere by-election, it appears that
flame has been doused. Although Dr Lewis said it was the
government’s privilege to call elections—not the opposition’s—he
still upheld his party’s belief.
“We believe the position we took
was sound. Now that the Integrity in Public Life Bill has been
implemented and the Integrity Commission established, the person
involved—Mr François—should make his report to that Commission and
that should be done with dispatch,” Dr Lewis said. “That Commission,
for example, makes specific provision for the acquisition of assets
Taking time out to comment on the newly
established National Economic Council, Dr Lewis said it was good to
see that the government had acceded. Over the last few years, he
noted, the UWP had called on the government to re-establish such a
But there was a sore point. Lewis said he was
disappointed that the connection between the past and present had
not been made. As far as he was concerned, a thorough review of the
previous economic council was crucial.
“What we would wish to
see is the agenda and priorities set out by that the council, and
like the prime minister, we would hope the NEC is not simply at the
behest of priorities set for it by government,” Lewis declared.
“It’s hopefully not a case of problems the government finds
difficult or inconvenient to deal with that it shuffles onto the
But it didn’t end there, Lewis turned his attention to the
“This government falsely privatised and said to
the industry: ‘Don’t come back to us, we’ve lifted the debt,’” Lewis
“But I believe they’re coming to their senses now
that we are in the depths of a recession that we never really
shouldn’t have got into particularly in relation to banana
production,” Lewis said. “When everything is sorted out we will see
that our options are not that many and that much of what was done in
the past could have been retained and amended to suit the
Micoud MP Arsene James spoke on the plight of the
banana farmers and the blow they’d been dealt by Tropical Storm
“The UWP hopes that government will move quickly to
allocate the assistance that is necessary to ensure quick recovery
of banana production,” James explained. “Such assistance must also
be forthcoming before government makes any effort to force farmers
to start making payments to WINCROP.”
Since 1996, James said, the
banana industry had been in decline. He said it experienced its
lowest ebb five years later.
“We know the government is saying
that there was some recovery prior to Lili but what we know is that
many of our small farmers have been marginalised. They’re no longer
producing bananas because they can’t afford the costs.”
the Peter Josie-led Farmer’s Union, James said he would support any
organisation working in the farmers’ benefit. His only contention
was that it was a bit late for a union.
Was the industry safer
in state hands?
“It’s hard to tell because right now there is not
one private company. And we have seen that the farmers have not
fared very well under these companies,” James said. “With one
association and government input farmers felt better because there
was a credit system, an assured market and regulations in place.
Sometimes when things got bad, government subsidised the
Lenard Montoute expressed concern over the manner in
which minimum standards for taxi drivers were established.
we recognise that efforts must continually be made to upgrade
standards, it is necessary to ensure that the Ministry for Tourism
provides adequate insight and explanation regarding its proposals,”
Montoute said. “In the true spirit of transparency, the Ministry and
the National Taxi Council should immediately set about allaying the
fears and anxieties of taxi drivers—making clear what the training
and certificate programme entails.”
He continued: “The Ministry’s
suggestion of limiting an individual to a single vehicle for use as
a taxi, unless he or she forms a company, is as ill-advised as it is
in direct contravention to free enterprise principles.”
Montoute said more innovative measures could be found to accommodate
taxi drivers who weren’t as academically inclined, he failed to
On Wednesday, a young Bagatelle mother, Zena
Gilbert, appeared before Justice Adrian Saunders at the High Court
Zena had originally been charged with the murder of her
then live-in boyfriend Vincent Clifford on March 21, 2002 in an
alleged domestic dispute.
Since the incident, the young mother
had been remanded in custody pending trial. However, after reviewing
the case, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions reduced
the charge to manslaughter last week.
Lawyer Lorne Theophilus,
acting for Gilbert, explained to Justice Saunders that his client
had been in prison for the last 18 months on a murder charge and was
applying for bail.
“If you are minded to grant bail it should be
in the form of a suitable surety because her family is of simple
means,” pleaded Theophilus.
Acting Director of Public
Prosecutions Victoria Charles objected on the grounds that the
defendant she said would be returning to her relatives who were in
the main prosecution witnesses.
“My concern,” said Charles, “in
objecting to bail is that they may be influenced one way or the
other by her presence in the same household.”
ruled that Gilbert was to remain in custody until bail conditions
could be worked out between the legal parties in
Contacted for comment later that day, Theophilus said:
“Bail was granted in the sum of $5,000 cash or suitable surety.
Asked why it had taken the prosecution so long to reduce the
charge of murder to manslaughter, he said: “Incompetence.” Adding:
“In my view this was a clear cut case from the start, of
manslaughter and not of murder.”