Darkie launches another attack on Scholar

“Darkie” is not happy with the political commentaries of Scholar

“Darkie” is not happy with the political commentaries of Scholar

Veteran calypsonian, Leonnard “Darkie” Charles has accused seven times calypso monarch, Finley “Scholar” Jeffrey of having political aspirations and one day will be in frontline politics.

The US-based Darkie used the platform of a radio programme hosted by a government member in the Senate to launch his verbal assault on Scholar.

The war of words started when Darkie attacked Scholar for only singing songs about current Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, stating that once “Scholar opens his mouth to sing, it is on Keith Mitchell.”

Darkie said instead of Scholar counteracting him in song, he ran to the newspaper “crying.”

Scholar told THE NEW TODAY that he was forced to continue in competition this year by Darkie whom he said sang on him last because he lost the Calypso Monarch in 2013 to Keturah, and has come back this year, in another song which is called “You Would Not Listen” in which he once again attacked him.

The veteran Calypsonian said he is not attacking his fellow Calypsonian physically but through the music.

“I will be attacking you on melody, I will be attacking you on lyrics, and my lyrics going to be true,” he remarked.

Darkie said he is not being paid by NNP to sing on Scholar.

“They can’t pay me to sing a calypso, but I say if you could beat Keith Mitchell for eight years, I want to take you on for eight years. If I live to see eight years, I will be here every day, every year attacking you,” he added.

Darkie claimed that Scholar is being groomed to become a politician.

“He is one of the ‘fellars’ preparing to run for elections soon, he and Black Wizard,” he remarked.

Black Wizard is one of the three Assistant General Secretaries of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).

Darkie charged that these two Calypsonians are playing a part “to make it look like the government is bad.”

He also told the programme host that it is the people of Grenada who are creating the problems and not the politicians.

He backed his statement by saying that on two occasions people spoke of attacking him physically.

“My life has been threatened twice. A couple years ago when the NDC… lost their position, mine you I’m not a politician, I don’t have side with politicians… and I sang a calypso simply and I said the NDC Leader… build two mansions in two years, and I asked where he get that money to build that, and just because I sing that, a Minister of the past government, the NDC, tell me Darkie you ain’t too old for people to beat you up,” he claimed.

Darkie said in the other incident while traveling on a bus his song on Scholar this year was being played and some people told him Scholar would have to get someone to shoot him.

Darkie also dropped hints of investigating why he has been left out of the Calypso competition and a non-national is in the line-up for the National Calypso Monarch title.

He said he grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, became a citizen of the Twin-Island Republic and sang with the late Lord Kitchen’s Calypso Review Calypso Tent.

He said no one could have come to Trinidad, as a non-national, and sing in a national competition.

“I am looking at something here in this competition coming up, and I’m going to find the truth about it, and if it’s not what it is supposed to be, it got to be taken care (of) immediately,” he said.

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