The Local Music Industry &
How It Affects the State of Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago
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In the wise words of American music legend Frank Zapa - “Music is always a commentary on society.” In Trinidad and Tobago the local music industry is in shambles and this has contributed towards a loss of culture and identity and a host of other issues that accompanies the degradation of the local music sector. The purpose of this speech is to identify clearly the link between “The State of the Local Music Industry and Problems facing Trinidad and Tobago”. My name is Ayinde Joseph Nurse and I have chosen this topic because I myself am a musician and am very passionate about this topic. Also as a secondary school student this is my part to pay in ensuring that the local music industry strives and that the culture of Trinidad and Tobago is preserved and kept available for the future generations of Trinbagonians that are yet to come.
The local media (Radio / Television) plays an important part in influencing the actions of the citizens and it does so through the content it displays. Local music, in particular Calypso carries messages which foster and develop core principles of morality and high levels of social awareness. Mungal Patasar a local born and worldwide renowned Sitarist in the article “Music in Trinidad & Tobago” makes the link between social development and local music, he quotes “Calypso, as an art has played and continues to play an important part in the development of the country”. The problem however lies in the fact that the aforementioned local music is not being given regular plays in local media outlets, rather we see the dominance of foreign music in particular that of Eastern Europe , America and Jamaica. Unlike our local music, many of the forms of music that come out of these countries carry negative core principles and condones the committing...