Award-wining Hip Co musical artist Takun J says he has been harrassed several times since releasing his latest hit singles, “Justice” and “They Lie To Us.” Althought both songs that have been well received by the public, “I’m sometimes harassed by security officers when driving and it is getting personal. I’m not frightened, and I am determined to continue informing the public about what is going on,” he added.“Music is my life. Through music, the voice of the people can be heard,” he stated. “With music, political and social change can take place in the life of any people.”Takun J said the people are tired of the many lies that there would be better living conditions; and so they need somebody to speak out for them.“ I decided to speak for them so their voices can be heard. I’m frowned upon by the authorities because the songs speak the truth,” he said with smile.The artist, also known as the King of Hip Co, noted that his inspiration for this song, “They Lie to Us,” came in the midst of the Ebola crisis, after he observed that “people where dying at the early stages without care, while authorities corrupted the funds they receiving. “They lied to us. I am speaking not only about this government alone, but also past governments that have cheated and mistreated us.”“They Lie To Us”, the current hottest single in Liberia, reflects the people’s frustration with the powers in government, as access to opportunities and better economic conditions continue to decline for the majority of people.In 2007, after releasing the hit controversial single, “Policeman,” a song that exposed police corruption, police officers arrested and jailed Takun J twice. The song “Justice” revealed an ordeal with Montserrado District 5 Representative Edwin M. Snowe in 2014, when an minor car accident between the two turned into a physical assault allegedly penetrated by the lawmaker. Takun J says he wrote the song because all legal means pursued to obtain justice for his grievance against the lawmaker failed.“It is not government alone that is practicing corruption on the daily basis. We ourselves are doing it also. I don’t think that corruption helps anybody; and if we continue this without a change, the worst may happen to Liberia,” he warned.He disclosed that because of lack of honesty among the authorities, the ordinary citizens languish in poverty. The only good thing that Liberia can boast of now is peace, whereas the citizens sleep with hunger and misery every day. “We Liberians need to be careful in the coming election or else it will be old wine in new bottle. “My way of life is that if I wrong you, let me be punished for it; it is now time that corrupt officials are disciplined,” he warned.Takun J stressed that if nothing is done about corruption, the next generation will suffer more and these are the messages the songs are preaching.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One of the biggest horse race meets ever to be staged in Guyana will be held today at The Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility at Alness Village on the Corentyne Coast in East Berbice.Part of the action in the annual Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club and Sports Facility Horse MeetThe races will be run in six categories, which are mentioned below. The H Class and Lower race would be the feature event of the meet. Carrying a top prize of $300,000, one can safely say this race is going to be a real thriller that will be long remembered.Fans will be awaiting the most anticipated clash of the day, as the in-form Seven Dust, hailing from the Habibullah Stables, is expected to prove a point to defending champion Lucky Star, hailing from the Pooran Stables, and veteran jockey May May will be on board Lucky Star.With both horses having titles to their names, the track is set to be on fire when the two equestrian heavyweights go head-to-head.Races will be run in these other categories: the L2 & Lower, which fetches a first prize of $70,000; L1 & Lower, with a prize of $100,000 for the winner; the J & Lower, the victor of which would cart off $160,000; the L3 race, with a first prize of 50,000; and the Two-Year Maiden, which has a first place prize of $100,000.Participating in the programme would be horses that also are expected to cause upsets, such as Orion, coming out of the Crawford Stables, and Not This Time, hailing from Sophia, which recently won the race for three-year-old Guyana-bred horses in the Guyana Cup 2018.Other entrants billed to compete include Chammaley, Party Time, Kentucky Woman, Mary-Ann, Gypsie Princess, Slim Shady and Baba Rosa. Among these might be many proverbial dark horses that can cause colossal upsets.With more than 40 entries already confirmed for the card, the day promises to be an exciting one.For further details, interested persons are kindly asked to contact President of the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club & Sports Facility on 678-5342, or the club’s organising secretary, Compton Sancho, on 691-1175.The sponsors on board for this event include Kanhai’s Electrical on Regent Street, Curtains and Drapery Designs, Stag Beer, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Candy Corner, and Attorney-at-Law Poonai.
The RCMP Musical Ride is set to take place July 11 at the newly built Horse Park with shows at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre or its online box office. As the opening act for the Musical Ride, the rancher will take his horse through an obstacle course that involves acts that are regularly unnatural for horses, like walking backwards, without them getting stressed or spooked. He will then get off his horse and run the obstacle with it again using hand signals, all while talking the crowd through it. “His horses do things that most horses won’t do because they’re scared, but Glen has built a wonderful trust up with his horses and it’s amazing to watch,” says Michelle LaBoucane, Coordinator of the Restorative Justice Society that will receive part of the proceeds of the event.She says Stewart’s ability to train and communicate with horses is unparalleled.- Advertisement -“What he can do with a horse is amazing, and so it was really just a really cool addition to the horsemanship we’re going to see with the RCMP Musical Ride,” she says.Following Stewart’s show, the three Peace Region Police Dog Services will also be putting on a demonstration using the same obstacle course. Advertisement