Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 15th 2015 Contents A11
February 15, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Calypsonian Devon Seale has come out of
his shell, bashing the People s Partnership
Government for their missteps, mistakes and
misdemeanours in the last five years. It s a
side the public has never seen before in 2015
Calypso Monarch finalist.
Last week Saturday, at the semis of the
Calypso Monarch competition in Skinner Park,
San Fernando, Seale energised the crowd with
his hard-hitting and powerful political com-
mentary My Humble Plea, where he called on
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
her Government to "go now."
In his ditty, which earned him the highest
points in the contest and a spot in the finals
of the 2015 Calypso Monarch at the Dimanche
Gras, Queen s Park Savannah tonight, Seale is
hoping to capture the $1 million first prize and
the coveted title.
Describing the Government as crooked,
wicked, underhand, untrustworthy and "ten
times worse than the deadly Ebola virus" in
his song, Seale said he had to speak out because
they have been going down a path of destruc-
tion, much to the detriment of the country.
Throngs of patrons also joined Seale, 38, urging
the Government to step down, months before
the country s general election is due. He said
Persad-Bissessar s Cabinet was setting a bad
example for the populace and before her Gov-
ernment empties the treasury, they should "go
On Tuesday, in a face-to-face interview at
his mother s home in Arouca, Seale said the
straw that broke the camel s back was the recent
resignation of Anand Ramlogan as attorney
general, which brought the country s third high-
est office into disrepute, the firing of Gary Grif-
fith as national security minister, and a fourth
"From the constant commess we ain t get
no recess. Before things fall apart and the riot
start, they must go," Seale sang a line of his
song, as he relaxed on his family s sofa.
"They have more tricks than Houdini," he
'Bridge between poor
and rich widening'
Seale said apart from the PM not being
assertive with her ministers, she lacks leadership
Seale made it abundantly clear that he has
nothing against the PP, but was fed up of their
blunders and missteps since assuming office
His mother, Lorraine Seale, said when her
son goes to the poll to vote, he never reveals
which party he supports.
"I am disenchanted with the way the country
is being run. What has angered me is the cor-
ruption, commess, poor healthcare, the murders,
and contracts going to only one set of people.
Like me, many citizens...especially the grassroots
are seeing the same thing. You had the expec-
tation that the gap between the rich and the
poor would have closed when they were voted
in. This has not happened."
Instead, Seale said, many were profiting from
kickbacks and were lying through their teeth.
While a Commission of Enquiry has been
launched into the Las Alturas housing project,
Seale said matters involving emailgate, pris-
ongate, Life Sport and members on state boards
who obtained false qualifications, have gone
cold or died naturally.
In the last 57 months, Seale said, the missteps,
mistakes and misdemeanours have been too
much for the public to digest. "They are the
worst Government in the country s history,"
Seale said the public barely gets time to
absorb and understand one issue when another
"It was for this reason I asked composer
Marlon Rondon to pen a song about their
actions and wrongdoings."
In 2007 and 2010, Seale said, he did not
spare the People s National Movement (PNM)
as they too felt the wrath of his tongue. "That
is why patrons appreciate my level of objectivity.
I would never say like some calypsonians that
you compare the PNM to the PP Government,
they are chalk and cheese."
Seale said when he performed My Humble
Plea at the opening of the Kalypso Revue tent
in January, he was bowled over by the patrons
response, since people connected with the song.
"When I sang in Skinner Park the reaction
of the crowd did not come as a surprise," said
Seale, who speaks fluent Portuguese and Span-
'I am not the type to cry and fuss'
A holder of a Bachelor of Science in computer
science, Seale admitted that he has grown out
of his shell and people are seeing him as fiery
Having graced the stage as a finalist numerous
times, Seale feels 2015 is his year to shine.
The closest he came to winning the Calypso
Monarch was in 2007 when he placed third.
"A new Devon has emerged."
Singing calypso for the past 19 years, Seale
said last week Saturday s performance was his
best and the greatest reception he had ever
In the last two weeks, Seale said, his fan base
has grown by leaps and bounds, to the point
where people have starting betting on him as
the hot favourite.
"People have been telling me that they are
going to bet money on me because they see
me as one of the strongest contenders, which
sometime put pressure on you. You would not
want to disappoint them. I am going all out.
I am going there to do my best and give people
a good show."
Seale s second song of choice is Soul Judges.
If he does not walk away with the title, Seale
said "whatever happens I would just have to
live with it. I am not the type to cry and fuss.
I will bounce back. Life goes on."
Seale comes out of his shell
...now fiery and vocal calypsonian tells PP Govt to 'go now'
Kurt Allen has broken his silence
on not being selected as a finalist
in the 2015 Calypso Monarch com-
Allen, also known as the Last
Badjohn of Calypso, said he wants
to believe that people within the
calypso fraternity were instrumental
in having him not placed as a final-
"It must be somebody in the fra-
ternity in terms of who has access
to calypso in that way. It would not
be someone from the rock and roll
sector. It has to be one of my col-
leagues...one of my brothers or sis-
ters, to put it that way."
The 2010 Calypso Monarch was
one of 41 semifinalists who vied for
a spot in tonight s Calypso Monarch
finals at the Dimanche Gras show,
Queen s Park Savannah.
However, Allen was not one of
the 11 finalists chosen to come up
against reigning champ Chucky
Allen said he was looking forward
to competing in the finals to bring
awareness to calypso music.
He said as far as he knows, he
did nothing wrong in the eyes of
the judges, having performed his
best last week Saturday at the semis
at Skinner Park, San Fernando.
"I am not blaming the judges. I
am saying this based on my personal
knowledge of other events that led
up to my omission that it had noth-
ing to do with the judges or my
ability. I am sure about that."
While many have expressed
"shock and outrage" by his omis-
sion, Allen said "the normal
response to these things is to get
angry, to protest and quarrel. But
you would not get that from me. A
lot of people saying that I should
protest and shut down the show. I
would not do anything like that.
The show will go on."
At the end of the day, Allen said
he has to respect the judges deci-
The calypsonian said whoever is
crowned the 2015 Calypso Monarch
winner "they ain t no monarch until
they beat the Badjohn."
Allen, who heads the recently
launched Barrack Yard Tent Expe-
rience (Byte) tent, has entered the
Calypso Monarch competition nine
times. Allen said he has been the
most consistent calypsonian, having
placed second on three consecutive
Blanked for 2015 Calypso Monarch finals...
Allen claims 'conspiracy' in the fraternity
Calypsonian Devon Seale plays a piano at his mother's home in Arouca, during an interview last
week. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Links Archive February 14th 2015 February 16th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page