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Tammico Moore was recently
showcased at the annual National
Women s Action Committee
(NWAC), Calypso Queen compe-
tition where she placed ninth,
singing D Advice. Despite her plac-
ing, she caught the T&T Guardian s
attention with the catchy lyrics of
the composition which focused on
the breakdown of relationships.
Her placing was a real disappoint-
ment for the mother of two and
grandmother of one, but she chose
to be positive about it.
"It is not encouraging at all," said
Moore. "But I will continue entering
the competition nonetheless."
She believes she brings a different
vibe to the competition and the
stage. Her songs speak directly to the
masses on social issues; content and
delivery are not long and dreary, but
hot and spicy (pun intended).
She has been a contender in the
competition for some time now, deliv-
ering pieces such as: The Whip, I Want
to Know You and Man In Dat, which
won her fourth place in the competition
"I write just as I would talk to you.
I know the big words too, but I don t
feel you have to be an Aristotle to your
fans. Calypso must also be entertaining.
Listen to the patrons after a show, they
don t want no long boring song. They
want action from start to finish," said
The former teacher who originally
hailed from Marabella goes by the
sobriquet SpiceY, a nickname she
attracted from peppery performances
during her early days at the Kaiso
Showcase tent in San Fernando.
"I coulda real wine," she says, through
It all began for the 38-year-old at
Williamsville Junior Secondary school
when she entered a calypso competi-
tion. Singing a social commentary titled
Be Grateful, penned by her mother
Maria Moore, the then teenager placed
first in the competition, winning over
12 other contestants.
"I went home the night before the
competition and told my mom I needed
her to write a song for me to sing
tomorrow and she wrote it. I learned
it and the next day I walked away the
winner of the competition."
Moore kept competing, but now she
also tried her hand at writing.
"We had a group assignment at
school in which we had to research
calypsos from long ago to present. We
did the research and I decided I wanted
to sing about it," said Moore.
A teacher who heard her vocal ability
and was impressed by her writing skills
advised her to sing professionally. But
Moore shied away from the idea. Even-
tually she got the courage and respond-
ed to an audition call by Kaiso Show-
But even before Moore began to per-
form professionally, she recalls growing
up in a family where calypso music
was highly celebrated.
"My grandparents never missed a
semi-finals at Skinner s Park, so I was
always in it. Up to today, my grandpa
is my number one supporter," she
She also grew up amongst a lot of
rastafarians, including Leroy "Black
Stalin" Calliste who lived just a stone s
throw away from the Moore house.
"My family were big supporters of
Stalin who is also the godfather of my
Moore, a rastafarian herself, wearing
butt-length locks, said Calliste, Ras
Shorty I and the Love Circle were her
most prominent influences.
Taking it up a notch
After spending eight years with the
tent, Moore decided it was time to intro-
duce herself as an artiste to Port-of-
Spain. She debuted at Kaiso House
singing Leggo, written by Frank
"DeLamo" Lambkin. Lambkin, a calyp-
sonian himself, had previously written
political and social commentary for
Moore. But Leggo, a real wining tune,
was the song that sold her grand intro-
"I remember people staying until the
end of the show. I used to close the show
so people would stay to the end. Up to
now Kaiso House still need somebody
to close the show since I stop wining,"
she says playfully.
Today Moore has performed all over
the world through singing on a cruise
"I worked part time on a cruise ship
for 12 years where I performed with a
Caribbean band. We went everywhere
and the feedback was always awesome."
Apart from her cruise ship stint, Moore
also taught art and business studies at
Prestige Secondary in Chaguanas. Cur-
rently, she is completing a bachelors of
fine arts (BFA) at UTT, with the intention
to teach thereafter.
"I chose to go back to school because
I don t intend to go back on the cruise
ship. I also cannot just depend on singing
here in Trinidad, because ah go dead.
That alone cannot pay the bills," said a
Moore has also dabbled in the Soca
Monarch, National Calypso Monarch
and Humourous Monarch competitions,
placing second and third respectively in
"This year I plan to be the first woman
to win the Humourous Monarch," she
As the wife of Sharlan Bailey, who is
the son of veteran calypsonian Winston
"Shadow" Bailey, the two make a great
team working their musical magic
"He produces and arranges all my
songs. And we have also written songs
together. It is just good to have someone
in your corner who understands your
passion and drive for your craft."
She revealed they are also working on
an album together due to be released
later this year.
Of her future plans, she intends to
continue writing, singing and spreading
her messages through song.
Asked what advice she had for women
in the calypso arena, Moore says: "Raise
your head and close your leg."
Tammico Moore puts
the spice in calypso
"I went home the night
before the competition and
told my mom I needed her to
write a song for me to sing
tomorrow and she wrote it.
I learned it and the next day
I walked away the winner of
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