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‘Ras Kommanda’ has a great feast on Clico

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Ras Kommanda


Steve “Ras Kommanda” Pascall has ranked the Clico fiasco as one of the more significant events to have hit this country’s economy in recent times. Saying that the fallout from Clico has severely affected the investments and savings of the middle and lower class, Pascall admits that this is what prompted him to compose The Great Feast. “I felt people were not really conscious of the implications, we as a people need to be more conscious of what is going on around us and how it affects us.” The Great Feast is a craftily written calypso, with sound lyrics and a story line that is well constructed. The music is done in the traditional style of calypso and Ras Kommanda uses satire to liken the activities of Clico to that of the traditional feast usually associated with the Baptist or Orisa religions. A feast which Ras Kommanda says is being supervised by Mt Clico’s leader and is a time of great festivity and much giving. In the song Ras Kommanda notes, however, that though the majority of the membership are offered a variety of eats and drinks, a mere pittance in light of the sacrifice they have made to build the Mt Clico, the leader, elders and mother receive millions of dollars in US currency and declares “they could eat all they want but leave mih money!”  The refrain “Feast in Mt Clico! Ah want to go feast in Mt Clico! How you eh know? Ah big money church here in Trinbago,” is catchy and manages to express desire and wonder at the same time. One of the headline acts at south’s Kaiso Showkase tent, Ras Kommanda, has been singing calypso for quite a number of years and has become known for his sound lyrical content.  “Hopefully I might be able to raise the level of awareness among persons,” Ras Kommanda said, adding that he preferred to address real issues affecting our society. Ras Kommanda’s other offering this year, Nothing Wrong, is a social commentary encouraging racial integration as a means of fostering greater race relations between the two major races in T&T.


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