How Many Sons Has Father Crab?
Submitted by Mario Herbert – GoWEB Caribbean
The minibus situation in Barbados has grown unbearable for some of us. Recorded music is not supposed to be played in these PSV’s (Public Service Vehicles), only the live radio stations. However, there are several Dance-hall CD’s in circulation featuring Father Crab, who shouts profanity and vulgarly throughout the entire CD. Passengers are subjected to hearing Father Crab “large off” all of the men who carry their own gun, and cannot be told what to do, while playing songs like “Press Trigger”. This not only promotes violence, but rebellion against authority too.
On one occasion, while Father Crab was encouraging this type of rebellious behaviour, a male passenger on the bus threatened to assault a female passenger, and when the conductor and driver forced him to disembark, he tried to break the window next to the aforementioned female passenger. When the conductor expressed concern about the window, he proceeded to brandish a knife, telling the conductor that he was prepared to kill him. I found all of this ironic, because the male passenger was simply acting out the music which was being blasted in the bus throughout this incident.
Female passengers are also subjected to hearing Father Crab explicitly talk about their private parts. This is not only degrading to self respecting women, but unhealthy for the children that ride on these vehicles.
What really puzzles me though, is how come just about any PSV I board, plays these Father Crab CD’s? Do all PSV operators have a pre-disposition to Dance-hall music, irrespective of age? And even so, why the profane Father Crab CD’s, laced with curse-words and vulgarity? Father Crab seems to have many sons. How many sons has Father Crab? I am NOT one of them. Are you?