Even in the face of disciplinary action by the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) for his recent obscene outburst against a citizen last month, calypsonian Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins stayed true to his indomitable nature at the opening of his Icon’s Calypso Tent on Friday night.
In his usual crude and vehement style of performance before a full house at the Sanderson Heritage Park in Fyzabad, Cro Cro debuted a song titled Recurring Decimal, which spoke explored the recent altercation with the passenger of a vehicle along a highway.
A video of the incident, which went viral, showed Cro Cro, a regional coordinator at CEPEP, driving a company vehicle when the passenger chastised him for driving while speaking on the phone.
The video did not show when Cro Cro was on the phone but when he proceeded to curse the passenger, asking him if he was the police. The video has brought heavy criticism against Cro Cro, with a call for his dismissal by Princes Town MP Barry Padarath. However, CEPEP chairman Ashton
Ford has so far defended the company’s decision to suspend Cro Cro while the matter is being investigated. Ford has also labelled Cro Cro as a good worker while the man who released the video has not come forward.
But it has also been a source of comedy for social media users, some who even agreed with him.
So popular was the altercation that it has been a source of memes that have made their way onto T-Shirts that are currently for sale.
On Friday, Cro Cro entered the stage to a hearty welcome from the audience and a smooth and swinging melody from the band. In his song, he said racism was ripe and that he was not “taking no kind of racial talk from nobody in Trinidad.” Cro Cro said he knew how some people suffered and are still suffering today. He then went about relating his account of the altercation on the highway.
“He call me a stupid n--ga
He raise my pressure,
He call me a stupid n--ga
Agonise meh anger
He call me a stupid n--ga
Then he drive up fast
Ah meet him in de traffic,
wind down meh glass
and buss some cuss in he a--.”
He also sang that when Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar labelled Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as an Oreo, it was left to die easily. And for his critics Dale Enoch and Barry Padarath, he sang: “So when Padarath and Dale making a big fuss, but the thing that they doing wuss.”
The CEPEP investigation into Cro Cro’s conduct was supposed to be completed last week and a report submitted to the company’s board of directors.
Contacted yesterday, Cro Cro said was not worried about his performance influencing the CEPEP probe. He said firstly he was a calypsonian and calypso was made to express things that were happening in the country.
“I think the investigator must want to hear my opinion of what happened. The man made a video and put me up for the world to see. Now he doesn’t want to come forward so I’m telling my part of the story,” Cro Cro said.
“I dealt with Padarath and them who called for my dismissal. I told them I am not a priest. I ain’t no beast, but I was not ordained as a priest. What he told me was worse than that cuss because he was targeting a whole race. I know the Lord and I pray. I feel I am one of the best so I had to answer back in song.”
The tent was not without its mishaps as after an hour and a half, when Hayden Joseph was about to perform his Too Much Snacks there was a power outage in parts of Fyzabad and Santa Flora. During the 45-minute break, some patrons became restless and left.
“Tell Cro Cro to put on the lights on his 350 Benz,” one woman shouted out.
“We want back we money. We staying here until 8 o’clock in the morning,” another hurled.
Visually-impaired calypsonian Joseph “Mighty Lingo” La Placeliere entertained in the dark, telling the audience that he could not see and now they understand how it felt for him.
But once restarted, fans revelled in the musical tales brought to the stage by calypsonians such as Impulse, Daddy Chinee, Patches and others.