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Winston McKenzie: 'I want to duet with Ukip Calypso singer Mike Read'

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WINSTON McKenzie wants to team up with former radio 1 DJ Mike Read for a duet because he thinks his 'Ukip Calypso' song is "fantastic".

The track, recorded by Read in a faux Caribbean accent, praises the party's leader Nigel Farage and decries immigration, but has come in for criticism by some twitter users who have branded it "racist".

In a car-crash interview on the BBC's Newsnight last night (Monday), McKenzie, the party's prospective candidate for Croydon North and Commonwealth spokesman, defended the song.

"From ever since the beginning of time, the Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, they have always taken up the black man's music," he said.

"Now when I heard this song for the very first time I thought to myself, a white boy singing calypso? Fantastic.

"I'm just hoping he can do a duo with me now, man. I can sing the white song, he can sing the black song."

You can watch Winston's appearance on Newsnight below and hear Mike Read's 'Ukip Calypso' here.

The song, which contains the lyrics, "leaders committed a cardinal sin, open the borders let them all come in, illegal immigrants in every town, stand up and be counted Blair and Brown", has even been backed by party leader Nigel Farage. 

BBC Asian Network DJ Nihal, who appeared alongside McKenzie, said Mike Read's ditty "made my ears vomit" and added Ukip had some work to do to convince the station's listeners the party was not racist.

When pressed by presenter Evan Davies on whether the party contained racists, McKenzie replied "why would I be involved with racists?"

"What he's [Mike Read] done is fantastic and I believe the PC brigade need to grow up and get with it.

"The guy has made a song, its a fantastic song. I don't know if he's trying to promote the party, I haven't got a clue, but what he is doing, he's trying to sing Calypso, good luck to him."

If he was to team up with Mike Read, it wouldn't be McKenzie's first encounter with calypso music. In May, a Ukip carnival held in Croydon town centre descended into farce after party leader Nigel Farage failed to show and the steel band booked by McKenzie played for just minutes before leaving, saying they had not been told it was a Ukip event.

Winston McKenzie: 'I want to duet with Ukip Calypso singer Mike Read'


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