Sir Ruel vows to fight on

Calypsonian, Chad Sir Ruel Bowen, is at a loss why his two social commentary offerings for Crop Over 2017Can’t Get My Vote and Run Fuh Cover — have been banned by the radio stations of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Starcom Network Inc.

Sir Ruel confirmed in an interview with Bajan Vibes that the songs had been pulled from the airwaves by both VOB 92.9 and Q100.7 and he was not treated to the common courtesy of an explanation. After he had submitted Run Fuh Cover, Sir Ruel acknowledged it had received airplay on both stations for a few days before it was removed.

However, what was most disrespectful for the young calypsonian, a former Junior Monarch, was finding out about the ban just before he was scheduled to perform at CBC’s Q in the Community. He reported:  “I had to hear from someone that works at CBC that the song got banned because they were given orders for me not to sing that song.”

Sir Ruel told Bajan Vibes he believed the move was political since CBC is state-owned and may have a problem with songs that are seen as critical of the Government. He is upset about what he calls the disrespectful behaviour, saying at least he deserved the common courtesy of a call.

Sir Ruel said banning the song was defeating the whole purpose of social commentary. “The purpose of social commentary is to discuss social issues,” he said.

“The listening audience, they depend on social commentators because social commentary is supposed to be the voice of the people. So when you can’t sing certain things, it dilutes the commentary.”

He also rejected any claims that the song was targetting any political party, saying that was not reflected in the lyrics which say:

“I don’t want no politicians to call me, I don’t want not one of them by my door, I don’t want the messing with the psyche, Not one of them jokers I voting for, The upcoming elections around the corner,

I could see clear as the light of day, Don’t come with old talk, Grantley’s and roast pork, I know the game that wanna does play.”

Despite the ban, Sir Ruel reported good public response to the song. He said the people were enjoying it and watching it on YouTube. Both songs were launched over two weeks ago and have so far garnered over 5,000 views on YouTube without using promoters.

Undaunted by the setback, Sir Ruel intends to press forward with plans to enter Can’t Get My Vote and a new song entitled Printers in the Pic O De Crop competition. He is hoping that politics would not play a further part, heading towards the semifinals and even the finals.

39 Responses to Sir Ruel vows to fight on

  1. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm


    • Leisha Layne
      Leisha Layne June 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      if its politics who owns starcom networks inc

    • Kim Smith
      Kim Smith June 29, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      The connections to politics

    • Kim Smith
      Kim Smith June 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      Cuss me I waiting.his aunty back Steve last election and you should be shame #Steve gone

    • Veroniva Boyce
      Veroniva Boyce June 29, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      DEMs ain’t got a clue about Politics.

  2. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte June 29, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Veronica Price

    • Veronica Price
      Veronica Price June 29, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, at least VOB told him why, CBC just banned them . . . and FIRST!!

  3. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore June 29, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Young man save for your retirement the battle is not yours.

  4. Tristan John
    Tristan John June 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    “Sir Ruel told Bajan Vibes he believed the move was political since CBC is state-owned and may have a problem with songs that are seen as critical of the Government.”

    So then what is VOB’s reasoning for banning the songs? Because last time I checked they are owned by Trinidadians……

    • Troy Worrell
      Troy Worrell June 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      You don’t bite the hand that feeds, any broadcasting co. Make it’s money through advertising and sponsorship/donations for, guess who is one of their biggest?

    • Margaret Blenman
      Margaret Blenman June 29, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      Dont worry wid DEM Sir Ruel. Pure politics is what it bout. Thats why DEM got alotta noise and confusion among them party. Thats why Estwick and de rest wanna throw over Froons.

    • Ksmart June 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Well there’s a saying the true can hurt or even kill .. I love theses songs .. The so call educated adults in barbados dont like and cant handle the truth

  5. Leisha Layne
    Leisha Layne June 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    is banning songs only start with with him stupess

    • Kim Smith
      Kim Smith June 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      See why I done with you ppl , this one is one of you all my God ,leisha I hope you don’t ask he to vote for Steve again #waiting good

    • Leisha Layne
      Leisha Layne June 29, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      kim i dont have time to waste with u u sounds like of bitter woman after a break up #FACTS

  6. Darren Garrett
    Darren Garrett June 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Keep going Sir Ruel

  7. Marlissa Matthias
    Marlissa Matthias June 29, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Ruel dont worry with them all now they running fuh cover lol….love that song

  8. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton June 29, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Two very good songs. Not just lyrically.

  9. Alicia G. Burton
    Alicia G. Burton June 29, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Can’t let calypsonians give ppl ideas about Voting against the current party ya know. Tis the season to distract, how dare Sir Ruel.

  10. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace June 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    your songs got banned because CBC believes that you are against the DLP and your songs will help the BLP defeat them in the upcoming election,but songs or no songs they are in for a landslide defeat by the BLP, captain de ship is sinking. This is a clear case of political victimisation.

  11. Kim Smith
    Kim Smith June 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    You will make it,you are a very nice young man.them ppl can’t handle the truth.

  12. Mencea Crookendale
    Mencea Crookendale June 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    dont change any of the banned songs

  13. Patsy Yearwood
    Patsy Yearwood June 29, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I agree with you Marlissa

  14. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Of course its political CBC state own and Starcom Network Inc got to tow de line in case CBC get sold they will probably want to acquire that too.

  15. Tessa Kerr
    Tessa Kerr June 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Your music is so much better than much of what’s being played! Furthermore, nothing in your lyrics is untrue!

  16. Chris Kinkaid
    Chris Kinkaid June 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    He’s not the first Calypsonian to have a song banned. Songs were banned under both administrations, the radio stations have to protect themselves from legal action.
    If ya’ll feel so strongly about it, why don’t ya’ll go and expose yourselves to legal action by writing and performing litigious music on stage?

  17. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata June 29, 2017 at 3:26 pm


  18. Gie b June 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Put them on youtube and promote on social media

  19. Duane Foster
    Duane Foster June 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Push on bro don’t let them get you down I love those songs

  20. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann June 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    You are obviously doing something right to garner such reactions. This is what true social commentary songs are at their core. They speak for the people, the times, the truth.. in satire and showmanship, penmanship, the “hardcoreness” of it, the freedom of speech “ness” of it. Both good tunes. In a year of “nuff” bashment soca :-), its a refreshing listen. Well done. Keep on keeping on!

  21. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews June 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    this is not an open society , no freedom to speak about your government , nor can we complain without being called a yard fowl

  22. Jackie Griffith
    Jackie Griffith June 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Don’t let them make you run fa cover. We know the part politics plays.

  23. Scarfeeze Millan
    Scarfeeze Millan June 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I suspect this was indeed a low blow cause this is a competition where calypsonians fight tooth and nail just to take home that trophy, car and crown I don’t know but I suspect that this is just the beginning so I think all who is in your camp needs to keep a very tight lip from now on, I’d rehearse in total seclusion and the night of the show if your not either telling me that I’m up next on stage then talk to me after blow them away finals night

  24. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee June 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Sir Ruel , don’t be daunted ,, continue with your good work ,, we have been following you from Scotia Bank Junior Monarch ,, , be strong ,,,

  25. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe June 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    No freedom off speech in Barbabados

  26. Roger Headley June 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Never you mind, I telling evuhbody to watch them on You tube

  27. Mudday Sally July 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm



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