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PETER RAY BLOOD
There were no formalities
or speeches when Kaiso House
hosted its Port-of-Spain open-
ing on Monday night.
Held at the huge, well-
appointed tent on the southern
perimeter of the Queen s Park
Savannah, the opening attracted
a large audience and was
attended by new National Car-
nival Commission (NCC) chair-
man Lorraine Pouchet, former
chairman Allison Demas and
National Carnival Bands Asso-
ciation (NCBA) chairman David
Several calypsonians from
other tents, including Sugar
Aloes, Skatie, All Rounder, Brian
London, Contender, Devon
Seale and Karega Mandela, sup-
ported the tent s opening night.
The programme commenced
at 8 pm, emceed by Pelf and
with Cummings & D Wailers
providing musical accompani-
The first performer, veteran
dance choreographer cum
calypsonian Gene Toney, started
proceedings on a high note as
he got an encore for his song
My Name is Calypso.
A well-composed number,
Toney had the articulation of a
seasoned and experienced
singer. He was followed by De
Guru who sang Journey of Life
Another encore followed
Guru, won by the immaculately
attired Bro Musa singing Wake
Up and Smell the Coffee. If a
prize was up for grabs for "one
of the best-dressed performers"
in any calypso tent Musa would
be among the top three.
Perennial crowd-pleaser Lady
Aiesha won an encore for her
humorous Plus Size Lover. She
opened the way for the tent s
co-host Tommy Joseph who
was at his comical best.
One of last year s most enter-
taining calypsonians when he
sang Soil Technician, Allan
Welch won a well-deserved
encore for his clever and well-
composed Confused Global
Warming. He had patrons
singing the song s refrain, "Gone
cold," even as he exited the stage
after his encore.
The programme s first half
fielded 20 singers and among
those also receiving encores
were Black Sage (Banditism);
Snakey (Cyah Rhyme); Gypsy
(Black Man You Crazy); Duane
O Connor (Stand Strong);
Bunny B (Multi Crisis); Mr
Chucky (The Rose); Bro Valenti-
no (Queen of the Carnival);
Karene Asche (Every Knee Shall
Bow) and Lani K (Engine
Of the lot, 2011 national
calypso monarch Asche seems
to be well-poised to a second
title with a well-composed ditty.
She was encored three times.
Gypsy (Community Develop-
ment Minister Winston Peters),
resplendent in a silk, floral-
embossed jacket, held the audi-
ence captive with his perfect
pitch and diction and com-
manding stage presence
throughout his thought-pro-
He won a double encore and
in each extempored on the two
NCC chairmen in attendance.
Snakey, who thrilled last year
with Dhoti Too Short, was again
engaging and also won a double
Intermission was taken after
a very energetic performance
by young Lani K (Jalani Kojo),
son of Tuco trustee Annmarie
The programme resumed at
11.30 pm and listed to perform
in its second half were Dee Dia-
mond, Calypso Kerr, Brown Boy,
Mistah Shak, Genelle Bharat,
Wolde Dawit and Bro Lasana.
Kaiso House is home-based
nightly for the remainder of this
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians
Organisation (Tuco) has launched
stamps to commemorate 100 years of
the first calypso vocal recording in
The launch was held on Wednesday
at the VIP Lounge, Queen s Park Savan-
Some of the calypsonians featured
on the stamps include Roaring Lion,
Lord Kitchener, Calypso Rose and Spar-
President of Tuco, Lutalo Masimba,
better known as Brother Resistance,
said it was important to commemorate
and preserve the history of the calypso
He said through calypso many stories
were told and it was important to con-
tinue the expression.
The stamp collection is part of cel-
ebrating the industry s recorded history.
Masimba said more must be invested
into the creative industries.
Four moko jumbies from San Fer-
nando and Point Fortin will be flying
the T&T flag in the United States over
the next 11 months as they take on
the role of cultural ambassadors.
The four---Tekel Sylvan, 19, Adrian
Young and Ashorn Alexander, both 22,
and Kino Fleary, 24---left T&T on
Wednesday to take up a one-year con-
tract with the UniverSoul Circus in the
US.Sylvan, Young and Fleary are mem-
bers of the Kaisoca Moko Jumbies,
which is part of the San Fernando
School of the Arts and Culture, man-
aged by Junior Bisnath. Alexander is a
member of the Real Moko s of Point
Bisnath said for the past 12 years a
contingent from T&T, including moko
jumbies, limbo and other dancers, has
been representing the country at the
circus. He said his moko jumbies were
selected after a local audition at his
school in San Fernando before scouts
representing the circus.
"Right now, they are the best stilt
walkers in Trinidad. They will be occu-
pying a space called Caribbean Heat in
the circus. However, if the circus could
find better stilt walkers than them, they
will have to come back home."
Bisnath said he was happy for the
opportunity being offered to those
young men who come from vulnerable
communities to create a bright future
"These young men have been training
with me since they were four and five
years old. Some of them who come
from what we call ghetto areas in San
Fernando, from single-family homes,
have grown up with me and the art of
stilt walking have offered an alternative
life to crime."
Bisnath said in addition to having
the skill to walk on stilts as high as
eight feet, the students must be well-
behaved and have good academic
For Fleary, this is his third trip to
work with the circus. Young too, has
experienced working with the circus.
Fleary said he came back home last
November after a hectic year touring
many cities and states in the USA.
"It s a nice experience and I am
happy to be going back."
However, it will be a first-time expe-
rience for Sylvan and Alexander. Sylvan
said this would also be his first trip
abroad and was very excited.
One setback "is that I will miss Car-
nival, but I am doing this for country.
I will be going out there to fly the flag
of T&T real high."
Encores at Kaiso
Community Development Minister, Winston "Gypsy" Peters per-
forms his calypso Black Man You Crazy at the opening of Kaiso
House, Queen's Park Savannah, on Monday night.
PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
T&T moko jumbies to
star in US circus act
calypso vocal stamp
Acting CEO National Carnival Commission (NCC) Stephen Sogren, left, Lorraine
Pouchet, NCC chairman Lutalo "Brother Resistance" Masimba, Tuco president
and Wayne Mc Donald, Tuco executive member, at the unveiling of the 100th
year commemorative stamp (celebrating 100 years of the first vocal recording)
at the VIP Lounge, Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, yesterday.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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