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Francine - some female soca artistes singing smut

Francine - some female soca artistes singing smut

 

BARBADIAN BORN CALYPSONIAN Singing Francine says her song Run Away is just as relevant now as when she first released it in the late 1970’s.

Speaking to cropoverbarbados.com after her Friday night performance at Solidarity House as a guest of the Cave Shepherd All Stars, she said, “[It is] still strong as a matter of fact it’s stronger because it got worse now and it goes both ways, you have mental torture that’s worse than lashing somebody,” she said.

Francine who has lived in Trinidad all her adult life said her music has wide appeal, “I attract all ages, ‘cause if you notice I sing for the young the old and the in-between…I do groovy soca, I didn’t get a chance to sing all tonight …but I do music for everybody, music is international you’re supposed to draw everybody together and that’s what I do, so I attract all types of people.”

Still with a rich clear crystal voice even now in her ‘6o’s Francine said good diction is one of the hallmarks of a great calypsonian and she suggests it may be missing from the new crop of artistes.

“Why can’t we be more explicit and let the people understand what we are saying. I am not saying everybody may have a voice like Francine, or Baron or Sparrow, whatever you do it should be clear, people should be able to understand you.”

Though pleased with the strides of female calypsonians regionally she is concerned about the lyrics of some of the female soca artistes. 

“You know I detest that, because what I stand for is clean, you got to be clean at all times, you can be a little humorous but you don’t have to be smutty and nasty and tell the men how to do yuh this and do yuh that and do yuh that, because this is something that I’ve been fighting against all my life and just what I’ve been telling the men, begging them not to do – is what some of the women  in calypso come now and tell the men to do them that. I don’t like that,” she said passionately.

Like Singing Sandra who was last week’s guest performer, Francine wants to see more women in the Caribbean win calypso crowns. “I salute women all over the world, I sing for women, of course we want to see them do much better. I don’t care who woman it is as long as you are a winner I happy for you. That’s the way I am,” she ended with a laugh.

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