We Jammin’ Still: Reflections of Trinbago Society


What most of Trinidad and Tobago citizens feel as a result of the most recent murder of another young woman

As the song begins you’re drawn in by the sound of a drum set crashing a ridiculous solo followed by a vibration of sounds all mixing together to produce what many would agree to be the song of the season. Maximus Dan going by the sobriquet of MX Prime is charted to stamp his name into the Carnival history books as a clear favourite for this year’s Road March, and quite possibly Soca Monarch as well. More recently a pore raising rendition of the “We doh business” refrain has been performed by the “Silver Stars” steel band for the Panorama Prelims at the band’s pan-yard. In front of an enthused crowd of steelpan lovers, well wishers, and all throughout Social Media for many to experience some of our culture. One particular video garnering 4000 views in 3 hours and at least 205 shares. As I, along with the rest of Trinidad and Tobago, The Caribbean and by extension the world anxiously anticipate the “Greatest Show on Earth” I think we have been missing the point and a greater message that has been encoded into the lyrics of the song. Every time it plays, it reminds us that we, as a people really ‘doh business’.

Recession doh bother we…. Promote a fete, and you will see…. The treasury could bun down…. We Jammin’ Still’…. Economy could fall down we Jammin’ Still’…. The city, could bun down…. We Jammin’Still!! The building, could fall down…. We Jammin’…

As I begin and continue to write the current murder toll for Trinidad and Tobago has moved from 50 to 60 persons in only 35 days for the year 2017. More alarming is the crimes that have been committed against women in the country, in what can only be seen as the plot of a taken movie. There has been talk that the presence of a kidnapping/organ harvesting ring has emerged here in this country and even though it is hard to take seriously, the constant disappearances of persons and no closure makes it easy to believe. Supporting this is the close proximity Trinidad has with other Latin American countries mostly known to be involved in the illegal gun and drug trade, as well as where hardship has become a daily reality Venezuela being a prime example:

“Kidneys make up 75% of the global illicit trade in organs, Noel estimates. Rising rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems are causing demand for kidneys to far outstrip supply. Data from the WHO shows that of the 106,879 solid organs known to have been transplanted in 95 member states in 2010 (legally and illegally), about 73,179 (68.5%) were kidneys. But those 106,879 operations satisfied just 10% of the global need, the WHO said.”

With porous borders and a lack of a serious approach towards the Drug-Trade/Transhipment hub that Trinidad and Tobago provides, it only leads to a drastic increase in criminal activity in the crudest of nature. What also continues however, is the blame game that each passing and current government administration plays, all in an effort to gain political points towards their next agenda, be it either positive or negative.Screenshot_20170131-094853.png

Statements such as these, made by the former prime minister of the country is tantamount to inciting a riot, violence and vigilantism especially as the population becomes more desperate and demand a solution to the problem of crime and criminality from the powers that be, and with good reason. A new study done by the IDB [Inter-American Development Bank] shines a floodlight on the financial support that the country pledged towards its crime fighting initiatives. And quite frankly it’s a waste of taxpayers money with poor detection rates and lenient sentences for extreme crimes many are disappointed, disgusted and frustrated with the state of affairs in the country. But say what….. We Jammin’ Still’