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A calypso entitled Balisier,
which represents the emblem
of the People s National Move-
ment (PNM) has led to a recent
cuss out between two calypso-
nians as the 2015 Carnival sea-
son heats up.
The war of words took place
on December 14 between fiery
calypsonian Sugar Aloes (Michael
Osouna) and Andrew Fareira (Yel-
lows) during an audition at Mas
Camp Pub, Woodbrook.
Yellows is claiming that Sugar
Aloes, manager of the Kalypso
Revue tent, rejected Balisier
because it bestowed praises on
the PNM s achievements.
Yellows has since severed his
ties with the Revue and has
moved over to the Icons tent,
managed by calypsonian Cro Cro
Balisier tells how the PNM s
founder and country s first prime
minister, the late Dr Eric
Williams, created history and a
national vision with the balisier
flower, the PNM s emblem since
In his song, Yellows said the
insignia created a solid foundation
for the nation and paved a way
for T&T to become a model
Yellows, 50, a part-time secu-
rity officer, is optimistic that the
PNM will approach him to sing
Balisier on the political platform
for this year s general election.
Yellows: I will sing and vote
for the PNM in the general
"I will sing for the PNM and
vote for them, too. I talking bold
and brave, because a lot of stu-
pidness going on with this PP
Yellows admitted that in 2010
he voted for the UNC, but
became disenchanted after he
lost his job at the Ministry of
Works and Transport.
During a telephone conversa-
tion with Sugar Aloes in Decem-
ber, Yellows said he sang a few
verses of the song, but Aloes was
not pleased with the lyrics.
"Aloes suggested that I sing
about the Ebola virus instead."
At last month s audition, Yel-
lows said he was asked to sing
Balisier by calypsonian Skatie
(Carlos James) who was on the
"I told Skatie that it have peo-
ple who would not like the song."
Yellows said that as he started
singing, Sugar Aloes began spew-
ing foul language.
"Aloes said I doh like that f.....
song. He cuss me in front of
everybody, including my two
young sons," Yellow recalled.
Embarrassed by the turn of
events, Yellows said he told Aloes
"you cannot muzzle me, because
when you was singing all kind
of nasty things about Indian peo-
ple nobody muzzled you."
Yellows admitted he used
obscene language. "Yes, I cuss
him." Last year, Yellows said, his
calypso called Promises, which
bashed the PP Government, was
also turned down by Aloes at an
audition. "So this was the second
time he did this to me."
Last year, calypsonian Body-
guard (Roger Mohammed) was
blanked from performing at
Kalypso Revue over a song about
East Indians with false degrees,
which Aloes said was an attack
Aloes: It's a good
PNM campaign song
On Friday, Sugar Aloes
defended his position, stating
that "I never cuss Yellows," but
admitted that he used profanity
"If Yellows say that I did not
like the f.... song, that is a lie."
Last month, Sugar Aloes said,
Yellows telephoned and sang part
of Balisier for him.
would have gone to Keith Rowley
with that song because it is a
very good campaign song for the
PNM. I went further to tell him
that the kaiso would not put him
on the stage in Skinner Park."
Sugar Aloes said a week later,
Skatie visited his home and tele-
phoned Yellows to inform him
about the tent s audition date.
"Yellows was not aware that
Skatie had him on speaker phone
and I heard him saying.... you
see that f.....Aloes....I doh bound
to sing in he tent."
Sugar Aloes said he was not
part of the judges panel at the
audition. Before singing Balisier,
Sugar Aloes said, Yellows made
a comment that some people
held the view that it was a cam-
paign song. "At that time I was
coming through the door and
replied, man sing your f.... song
and stop throwing words for me.
Is I who say is a campaign song."
I speak two languages,
obscene and English
Aloes said after singing one
verse and chorus, Yellows started
using foul language.
"I asked him what causing
this. He told me that I cuss him.
I had to correct him. I told him
I did not cuss you, but used pro-
fanity while speaking. I didn t
tell him that I don t like the song
and don t want him in the tent."
Sugar Aloes said everybody
knows that he speaks two lan-
guages---"obscene and English."
He said Yellows was trying to
pull a Bodyguard on him.
"The people who come to the
tent would realise that I have
nothing against the PNM or
PNM singers and their songs."
Sugar Aloes who religiously
sang for the PNM stunned the
country in 2012 when he sere-
naded Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar at the PP s second
He also performed for the ILP.
Revue head, calypsonian Yellows in...
Cuss out over balisier song
Sugar Aloes broke down in tears
as he spoke about former prime
minister and People s National
Movement (PNM) leader Patrick
Manning being hounded out of
Balisier House by supporters
after the party faced defeat at the
Aloes (Michael Osouna) said on
Friday he would go to his grave
remembering how Manning was
chased by party supporters, who
once rallied behind him.
Aloes said not even the jeers
and public insults faced by the
public at Calypso Fiesta in San
Fernando in the last two years
"You know what hurt me? It
was May 24, 2010, when PNM
people ran Mr Manning out of
Balisier House. Their actions made
me cry. After that, I vowed not to
sing a political song again. These
are the people I had been educat-
ing for years with my songs...but
they never listened to my mes-
sages," said Aloes.
Aloes said he also realised that
singing politics got him no inter-
national or regional accolades.
He said entertainers like Bunji
and Machel Montano received
world-wide recognition not by
singing political commentaries,
but through music that was inter-
nationally accepted and loved. "If
I go America and sing a political
song few people would be able to
relate to what I am saying."
It was the first time Aloes had
broken his silence on the treat-
ment meted out to Manning by
people within the PNM camp.
As he recounted the incident,
Aloes became emotional and
started to weep. Bending his head
to hide his tears, Aloes said Man-
ning, who suffered a stroke in
2012, should not to re-enter pol-
itics. "I feel that will kill him."
Manning is out of the nomination
process for the San Fernando East
Aloes believes Manning was
given a raw deal by people within
the PNM prior to the 2010 general
Aloes said the rift between
Manning and PNM leader Keith
Rowley over Udecott and Calder
Hart would never heal."The rift
never quelled. If we think it
quelled we are just being naive."
Describing Manning as a peo-
ple s person, Aloes said "I have a
lot of compassion and respect for
Mr Manning. I know him for don-
key years. He always tried to help
you. He would always say to me
when I visit him, Sugars, I would
never forget what you have done
for us. "
Aloes said Manning was refer-
ring to his hard-hitting calypsoes
about the UNC which he sang on
the PNM platform while they were
in and out of power.
After Manning sought therapy
in Washington and returned home,
Aloes said "I spoke to the chief.
In our conversation Manning told
me, Boy, you know them people
vex with you. I told him I would
live with it."
Stating that Manning consid-
ered him tremendously, Aloes said
"I still love that man with a pas-
sion. And as far as I am con-
cerned, he will always be that spe-
cial someone to me...I know we
will never, ever get another like
Aloes said when it s fighting
time for the PNM, he often took
the frontline. "But when it s time
for work they don t look at me.
They don t call me for a job. This
has been happening even before
I sang on the UNC platform in
2012. When news got around
that I was going to sing on the
PP s stage, I got a call from a for-
mer female minister who told me
that my performance would kill
Manning. I gave the assurance that
I was just doing a job and had no
intention of joining the UNC."
Shortly after, Aloes said he was
offered a job to sing at the PNM s
family day at the eleventh hour.
"But it was a little too late for
that. I had to decline."
Aloes cries for Manning
...No more political songs, PNM people never listened to my message
Andrew Fareira (Yellows) outside 1 95FM Radio
before an interview last Thursday.
PHOTO: SEAN NERO
Calypsonian Sugar Aloes
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