Thursday, March 7, 2013

Carnival Temptress Playlist...Indian Gyal by Machel and Drupatee

I'll be posting songs that inspired the story writing process and motivated the characters on their journey.

The first song is by Machel Montano and Drupatee Ramgoonai called Indian Gyal. Machel Montano is a long time Trinidadian soca singer, record producer, and songwriter. Drupatee is also Trinidadian and is known for her chutney soca and chutney songs, which blends Hindi and English in the uptempo Calypso-soca beat.

The ladies in my Carnival Temptress are dancing and listening to this song, as they try to persuade out-of-work Maya Lindsey to join them at Trinidad Carnival. The bandleader of these ladies, Asha Jaikaran, an indo Trinidadian, considers this song her personal anthem.


For those who can't follow the accent--LOL--Here's Indian Gyal

Well this indian gyal cyah come
and wok she waist
Take over the street
Make ah bacchanal in the place

Drop to the gound and
Shake all around
Push up on a speaker
Break it like ah indian drum

Calling it Mr Lotala
This gyal she popular
She known from all over
She come from India
But she is my sister
My one only sister
If you coming over come
and meet me by the bar

So you can
Wok up the Larki
Wok up the LArki
Wok up the LArki
Yuh want meh
Wok up the Larki
Wok up the LArki
Wok up the LArki
All come and
Wok up the Larki
Wok up the LArki
Wok up the LArki
Yuh wah me
Wok up the Larki
Wok up the LArki
Wok up the LArki

Calling it Mr Lotala
This gyal she popular
She known from all over
She come from India
But she is my sister
My one only sister
If you coming over come
and meet me by the bar