National Security Ministry launches ‘Call to Order’ song contest

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National Security Ministry launches ‘Call to Order’ song contest

As T&T continues to grapple with surging crime, the Government has decided to try a new tactic and has partnered with local reggae artistes to launch an anti-crime initiative which will use music and social media to steer youth away from crime while spreading a positive message.

The’Call to Order’ project, under the Ministry of National Security, was launched yesterday, at City Hall.

The initiative was inspired by The Call, a locally produced reggae song which went viral after its launch three months ago.

In the song, a collaboration by Isasha, Mr King, Ziggy Ranking, Prophet Benjamin and King David, the artistes proclaim to be “fed up” as they call for an end to the wave of gang violence sweeping TT.

Call to Order, a three-month-long competition, will see youth between the ages of 10 and 24 record videos of them singing their own lyrics using the instrumental for The Call.

The videos can be no more than two minutes long and must be uploaded to Instagram Reels with the hashtag #calltoorder.

The contestants will be grouped into three age categories 10-12, 13-19 and 20-24 and the winners will be those who receive the most likes and shares.

The winner of each age group will receive $10,000 and a professional music video recording.

Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox, who was at the launch, pledged to also sponsor a dance aspect of the competition after she was “moved” by the artistes’ performance of The Call.

Speaking at the launch, Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds described the project as “another instalment in our efforts to respond as a society to crime and criminality.”

He said the initiative began when he saw the video on social media.

“Once I saw what they were doing, it inspired me that in the midst of all the madness, and in the midst of all the negativity, here were a few young talented brothers coming together to speak almost like a voice in the wilderness against that mayhem and madness.”

He said the initiative would target people in the age brackets most susceptible to the lures of gang life.