Motorcyclists who engage in reckless stunts on the nation’s roads, putting other road users at risk in the process, represent a major source of concern to calypsonian, Honesty.
So much so that the 22-year-old performer, whose real name is Charice Walrond, has made it the subject of a 2017 calypso called De Road Is Not De Place. It speaks about a personal life-threatening experience that changed her views about stunts being done on the road by these daredevil motorcyclists.
Recounting the experience, Honesty said she and her daughter were on upper Broad Street by the stoplights. As they were proceeding along the pedestrian crossing, some cyclists rode up performing stunts and hurt a tourist who was also crossing the road.
Honesty and her three year old daughter were lucky to escape injury.
“There were about eight of them and basically two of them went right over the line and circle and wheeling around the tourist and I was telling myself ‘this is bear foolishness’.”
She went on: “I didn’t know what to do or think. While one of the guys was actually wheeling, he flopped it and the bike actually came at me and my daughter. We moved but I was very upset.”
She said she did not hide her displeasure but the biker responded “that people like me real foolish and that he should have killed me and my daughter, that we have no sense and we don’t know what the art of biking is”.
Honesty admitted that before this incident took place back earlier this year, she had been approached to do the song but was reluctant to sing it because she actually liked seeing the cyclists. However, after her ordeal, she said the song would be a rallying call for the lawlessness to stop.
“I don’t mind these guys doing these stunts, but the road is a serious place to practice this thing. You are targetting other people of all age categories and as far as I am concerned, they are selfish, not studying other people. So my opinion is to stop it before the law has to come to a point where they have to implement other rules” she said.
Honesty said her experience added new meaning to the song and she would be singing it with vigour. “I am telling you bikers straight to yuh face the dangerous wheelie and stunts bout there, the road is not the place, no way, no time, no day . . . ” the lyrics say.