Darkie responds to Scholar

One of Grenada’s oldest singing calypsonian, Leonard Charles, known in the business as “Darkie”, has taken offence with comments made against him by seven times Calypso King, Findlay “Scholar” Jeffery.

Darkie is prepared to take the fight to Scholar

Darkie is prepared to take the fight to Scholar

Darkie waked into the city office of THE NEW TODAY newspaper last week to respond to a story published by this newspaper in the July 17 edition.

The veteran calypsonian who has been involved in the music industry since the early 1950s had earlier threw stones at Scholar in one of his songs, which touched on remarks he made after loosing the 2013 Calypso Monarch title to Keturah George.

Darkie had launched another attack on Scholar this year in one of his songs alleging that the Chantimelle bard is singing songs primarily about Prime Minster Dr. Keith Mitchell.

Scholar told this newspaper in the article that he allowed the remarks to slide in 2013 because as far as he is concerned Darkie “is not very important.”

However, he said this year he is taking the attack personally and referred to the elderly statesman in the calypso arena as “an old calypsonian,” who is attacking him because he sings songs criticising the Prime Minister.

Darkie, who is an ex-police officer hit back at Scholar’s statements labeling him as being “weak” for complaining about the two songs written about him.

He said, while he has “nothing personal against Scholar,” he “figured that if he (the former monarch) could jump on a stage and say things about people, he too has to learn to take it when his turn comes around.”

“What goes around comes around…I want to find out what age has to do with culture…if he (Scholar) has sense – as a teacher, I expect him to know that age has nothing to do with culture,” Darkie said.




“I want Scholar to know that he might be making a few dollars now, but I am one of the ‘fellahs’ who paved the way for he and many others to get whatever they are getting now…I did a lot for Calypso here, myself, Melody, Papitette and a bunch of other guys…and we went around the country bringing Calypso to the people…” he added.

Scholar – is very dismissive of the veteran calypsonian

Scholar – is very dismissive of the veteran calypsonian

Darkie, who has also served as President of the calypso association and represented Grenada in the Calypso arena on several regional platforms in his prime days believes that Scholar is focusing too much on the Prime Minister.

“Scholar, (has been) singing about Dr. Mitchell for eight years and he (Dr. Mitchell) is not responding…because he (is) bigger than that and I just come and hit him (Scholar) with two little thing for two years and he crying”, he remarked.

Darkie urged the multiple monarch winner to “keep up the momentum and counter attack” him instead of “crying”.

“…If I hit you two years and you hit me one year I am going to counter attack. That is Calypso,” he added.

Darkie said he has been listening to his colleague calypsonian over the years and is fed up with him advancing “negative” messages in his songs about the Prime Minister of the country.

“I am saying, hey man change your topic, change your direction, give us something else…you have to remember…the world is hearing it and it is kind of degrading…”, he said.

“…I understand that he said he is going to come back at me and counter punch – I love that, because as long as there is health and strength in me he is going to get a fight for his life,” he added.

Scholar has made it into the finals of this year’s national calypso monarch competition to be held on August 9 at the national stadium at Queen’s Park, St. George’s while Darkie was eliminated in the preliminary rounds.

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