Calypsonian Samuel “Mighty Pat” Ferdinand has released two new songs, “I Can’t Breathe,” in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests to end police brutality, and “Coronavirus,” to encourage reflection of the global and local COVID-19 pandemic.
Pat said he wrote the lyrics to “I Can’t Breathe” two years ago.
“Because the words related so closely to the murder of George Floyd, I added the phrase, ‘I can’t breathe’ to the song and released it with ‘Coronavirus’ and now both songs have a copyright,” the singer said.
Born in Conaree Village on St. Kitts, Pat has been singing and performing since he was a very young boy. Although recognized as a Calypsonian, the versatile Pat has crossed over several genres, including reggae, ballads, blues, gospel and rap.
Pat completed school on St. Kitts at age 15 and served in the St. Kitts and Nevis Defense Force for three years. His father was employed by Hess Oil Co. and the family migrated to St. Croix. Pat joined them in 1972.
“I Can’t Breathe”