This post is long overdue!
I have Kamla to thank for this one.
On May 24th there was a snap election, and in a history making vote – Kamla Persad-Bissessar became the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. She is also the first female Commonwealth Chairperson-in-Office.
Over time I’ve become jaded about politics in general (and most politicians), but even still – I have high hopes for Kamla. My hopes didn’t come about purely because of her gender. It’s because of her character and her diligence.
Kamla is ardent about education, promises to take on corruption, and promises to bring about some much needed change in Trinidad and Tobago. And as a Trinidadian emigrant who has at times found herself alarmed by the increase in violent crime back home, I must admit even a little glimmer of hope that things might improve feels good. I want to hold on to that hope.
Everything I’ve read and heard about Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar has indicated great things about her ambition and capabilities. And for the past month or so – since the election pretty much, this song has been buzzing around my head.
Woman Is Boss is a calypso composed by legendary Trinidadian artist and steelpan arranger Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. It was a huge hit for calypsonian Denyse Plummer in 1988, and the legendary Phase II Pan Groove performed it at Panorama that year. If you’re a steelpan lover, you’ll remember this with fond appreciation. If you’re not familiar with the majesty and grandeur of a steel orchestra at its peak capabilities – sit back, drink this in, and I believe you’ll be amazed.
If you want to hear more of this kind of thing, check out the YouTube channel of Is De Pan In Me. Here’s to the sounds of steel, here’s to Trinidad’s first female Prime Minister, and here’s to change. Here’s to beautiful, meaningful things.