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Over three years ago, I was introduced
through a mutual friend to a man online
that was to help me get into the exclu-
sive Bliss band for a Carnival costume.
Little did I know that man would turn out
to be the love of my life.
My Carnival love story started online
and made its way to a real-life love story.
After months of chatting by e-mail
strictly about Carnival 2012, we decided
to connect at Tribe's annual fete. It was,
to say the least, an amazing night and
what followed was an amazing Carnival.
He took me to my first lime on the track
to listen to pan and it was from that mo-
ment I knew we would be connected.
We were inseparable for most of that
Carnival, playing J'Ouvert and mas with
Bliss and every Carnival since then. Al-
though our lives couldn't be more differ-
ent, he lives here in Trinidad and I live in
Miami, we share a love for family, music
and all things Carnival.
As love stories go, ours is still in
progress: we recently got engaged and
plan to get married and start a blissful
life together. Bliss brought us together,
Carnival keeps us enjoying life and we
plan to keep this Carnival love story
going. Happy Carnival!
After listening to the results
of this year s Panorama large
bands finals, I have come to
the conclusion that the finals
should be contested by only
two bands---All Stars and
Phase 11. They should com-
pete against themselves
because there are no other
bands than can dethrone or
even split them. At least it
This is a travesty. Since
Bradley and Jit Samaroo have
left the arena, Boogsie and
Smooth have a monopoly on
the Panorama. I believe that
the other bands should be
doing something about this
instead of just be complain-
ing about the results.
I am not making excuses or
looking for sentiments for the
other bands. My policy is
may the best band win.
Phase 11 and All Stars can be
considered to be among the
best Panorama bands at
present. It does not matter
how good or how bad their
music is, they will always be
1-2 or 2-1 when the results
For the last four years it s
been either All Stars, Phase
11; or Phase 11, All Stars.
Don t expect this to change
any time soon. This is the
reason that I say that they
alone should be playing in
the Panorama finals.
In a year when the compe-
tition was very competitive
and close, so close that three
bands tied for third, the offi-
cials still put them out of the
reach of the other bands, and
this is not fair.
Let fairness and integrity
be the watch word of the
Panorama competition. Don t
kill a good thing.
Brooklyn New York
After watching the Calypso
Monarch show, enjoying the few cre-
ative and witty performers and cring-
ing at the more frequent, blatant
anti-PP pro PNM performances, I was
deeply disappointed to see that the
winners were mostly the witless ones
with blatant political agendas.
The more creative and witty were
not honoured and their songs, full of
clever picong in the kaiso tradition,
were discouraged. What are we en-
couraging? Political agenda instead of
Music and performance are art
forms, please do not let it be stifled
(for reasons I really cannot under-
stand). Most of us are not for any po-
litical party; the undecideds outweigh
support for either/any political party,
because most Trinis know politics
"has a morality of its own" and is cer-
tainly not people-first.
I suggest this can be addressed by
including in the marking system a
people's vote and creativity score.
Maybe one-call, one-vote; the results
need to be more representative of the
Creativity is certainly something to
be encouraged, it spurs intelligence
and development. In my view Mistah
Shak won, Chucky second, and Myron
B and Bunny for third, with special
mention to Tigress and Heather Mac-
Please let us seriously consider
what we endorse and allow to be en-
dorsed, not to mention what calypso
began as, and is supposed to be---the
voice of the people against those who
use and abuse.
Our calypsonians are supposed to
free us, not sell us to a new massa.
ONLY TWO BANDS
Dethroned Panorama champions Phase 11 Pan Groove performs Saturday night on the big stage. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
2015 Panorama champions Massy Trinidad All Stars in full flight. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Creativity disregarded in Calypso Monarch
FEELING THE RHYTHM
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