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“Lives R Not Games:” Pupa Curly’s song for our times

Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 2:45 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Despite having been produced a year ago for his now-postponed album Edutainment, “Lives R Not Games” from Belizean-American Pupa Curly seems word for word a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – but he insists it is not.

“No! However, many of the inequities in the system that came boiling to the surface; e.g. (the illusion of so-called middle class, the challenges with the lack of universal healthcare, and systemic discrimination) certainly match the song with the time,” he informed in an overnight conversation.

Curly’s lyrics indict the ruling class (“the isms and schisms of the current administration in Washington DC,” as he put it to us) for not caring about their inferiors, drawing comparison to competition in the sporting arena – except, he warns, decisions can cost lives.

Curly acknowledges that with some of his earlier songs (‘Crack is a Killa’, ‘Dis Da fi We’ and others), “I was chronicling current events like a reporter. Today with a few years, and books behind me, I find myself being more analytical with regards to the social issues of the day. Trying to address the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ if you will.”

Curly collaborated with Carl McGregor of Diamond Mine Studios, California, and the single and accompanying music video is on the Tuff Kruffy Entertainment label. He also acknowledges Dangriga’s own Junie Mar, producer of the first single “Wake Up Mama” featuring “The General” Supa G, Lensford Martinez, and fellow Belizean-American punta superstar Aziatic.

With the album currently shelved, Curly tells us a few more singles will be released, but he has put on hold a recording visit to Mali, West Africa with the two-time Grammy Award-winning Master Kora player Toumani Diabati.

He plans a reunion with Junie Mar and with former producer Michael ‘Hydie’ Hyde who was behind his earlier hits like “I Rememba”, “Dem Say Dem Free Mandela”, “Sweet Belizean Girls”, etc.

A link to the music video on Youtube can be found here.


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