Is Nirmal “Massive” Gosine in trouble with his controversial 2018 song, “Rowley Mudda Count”?
Is he going to withdraw that song for the 2018 Carnival season?
Would he keep the song and take his chances before audiences in the next two months?
Would he be allowed to compete in competitions for the Carnival season?
What has been the response of the general public to his song?
Well, one promoter is already saying that Gosine will not be allowed in his competition.
Promoter of the annual Chutney Soca Monarch competition, George Singh, described the song as downright distasteful. Singh’s competition has been sponsored for years by the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB). Should Singh allow Gosine into his competition with that song, he can lose the $1.5 million sponsorship cheque.
Singh said he has listened to Gosine’s song and it was decided that it will not be a contender in the 2018 Chutney Soca Monarch competition.
Singh said he has already informed the singer about its being in poor taste. “I have already indicated to Massive Gosine that he should not count on this song being in the Chutney Soca Monarch. While the double entendre is funny, this song is downright distasteful.”
Singh added, “I know for a fact that the Indo radio stations are not playing this song. I do not think one should use the art form to lash out in such a way, especially when it comes to a person’s mother.”
Singh said his competition had received heavy blows in the past for songs with poor lyrical content, but there has been vast improvement in recent times, with composers and singers putting out fewer rum songs.”
Singh said Gosine has taken it too low and it is not good for public consumption.
General Secretary of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha, Sat Maharaj, objected to all forms of obscenity. Maharaj added, “Whether it takes the form of songs, calypsoes, speeches, or whether it takes the form of obscene dances at Carnival time, obscenity is wrong.”
He said it was hypocritical for the PNM Women’s League to raise objections when it had remained silent when other people’s mothers were being maligned in political speeches.
Maharaj added, “They are all poor role models for our children and we are seeing the effects of it now in violence and misbehaviour across the land.”
President of the National Chutney Foundation, Dr Vijay Ramlal, described the song’s ostensible reference to the prime minister’s mother as an abuse of the musical art form and utter disrespect.
Gosine has been a finalist on numerous occasions in both the Chutney Soca Monarch and the National Chutney Foundation competitions.
The producers of these national events receive millions of dollars from the government, some of which goes into generous prizes.
Ramlal said Gosine had in the past entered the annual competition sponsored by the foundation. But in this song, he said, there is obvious reference to a curse word and he is firm in his belief that the singer has disrespected all mothers. Ramlal said he had known the Prime Minister’s late mother and the song was very irreverent to her.
He added, “Rowley’s mother is no part of anything, as I know her selling in the Breakfast Shed. We are supposed to set a standard where local compositions are concerned.”
The other big Chutney Event is Chutney Brass, promoted by Randy Glasgow.
NIRMAL “MASSIVE” GOSINE
DR VIJAY RAMLAL