9. Plant de Land – Lord Shorty

Garfield Blackman (1941-2000), more known as Lord Shorty or Ras Shorty, was a Trinidadian, Calysonian and soca musician. He is most known as the Father of Soca and Love Man. Shorty experimented with fusing calypso and Indian-inspired music to create soca music. He is the grandfather of a contemporary popular soca star, Nailah Blackman.

Teaching Point

This song can be used as a teaching tool for Agriculture, Economics and Social Studies. The teacher can discuss a number of topics with the students, such as eating local produce, farming, home gardening, poverty, and diversification. Primary school students can discuss the song during World Food Day (October 16). The teacher can ask the students to name some local foods they enjoy.

Song – Plant de Land