PHILIPSBURG--St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) said recently it is not a supporter of what it terms “overly suggestive” chants disguised as music and will ask the authorities to crack down on extreme sexually suggestive jamming by young people in particular.
The foundation was reacting to a number of songs with sexual overtones that have been released for the Carnival season, aimed at influencing revellers to perform suggestive dances on the road. Popularly known as “daggering” (a female bent over in front of a man), the dance has gotten out of control the past years and SCDF believes the music this year will only serve to increase this type of behaviour on the road.
SCDF is urging all bands and DJs to refrain from these types of chants and focus on real music.
“We already have an issue with young people carrying on too vulgar at times and while the majority of our revellers jam decently, the ‘daggering’ and such tend to get all the attention, and negative at that. It is not the image we want portrayed of Carnival and of our young people. We do not want to see young people on the ground simulating sex,” the SCDF board said.
“We want those artistes to understand that what they are producing is really not music and it doesn’t add anything to the Carnival product. We will be asking the authorities to tackle any lewd behaviour on the road spurred by these chants, as well as address the band and/or DJ directly.
“We love a good jam and we know the music catches you at times. But grinding on someone and ‘wukkin up’ are very different than what we are seeing these days.”