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pleasant memories this season were Machel Montano s
flawless Machel Monday; Lime all-inclusive at the
Hyatt Regency; and, Lingo s overwhelming win at
the National Extempore Monarch final on Carnival
Also high up there is Chucky s performance in the
second round of National Calypso Monarch singing
I Believe. After his performance, Chucky was unbeat-
able and went on to win the 2015 National Calypso
Monarch title, beating out two previous monarchs
(Karene Asche and Duane O Connor), and pre-com-
petition favourite Devon Seale, in the process.
Chucky is only the sixth calypsonian to register
back-to-back victories in this competition, the others
being Atilla the Hun, Striker, Duke, Sparrow and
Chalkdust. I rank Chucky s I Believe, written by Fazad
Shageer, Ray Holman and Chucky, and produced by
Junior "Ibo" Joseph, right there amongst the better
composed calypsoes through the years.
Other memorable moments include Olatunji s per-
formance of Ola in the Digicel International Groovy
Soca Monarch final; Stephanie Kanhai s performance
of The Sweet Waters of Africa, on ten-foot-tall stilts
to earn the Queen of Carnival title; and, Yannick
Holdip s energetic performance of When You Say
Africa...I Say Shaka to cop the Junior King of Carnival
One regret I had though was that one of the sweet-
est songs for Panorama this year wasn t played by
any large conventional steel orchestra. I m referring
to Lucy, performed by Destra.
I must also compliment the T&T Police Service
and members of the protective services for maintaining
law and order and ensuring that Carnival 2015 was
one of the safest ever, though marred by one murder
on Ariapita Avenue on Tuesday night.
Looking forward to next year s Carnival, the Nation-
al Carnival Commission (NCC) and its Special Interest
Groups have less than 12 months to improve on some
of their shortcomings this year. At the top of my
head is a need for Trinbago Unified Calypsonians
Organisation (Tuco) to take another look at its judging
process and its production of competitions.
I feel that selecting 40 calypsonians for the semi-
final in Skinner Park, San Fernando is much too
many, especially with the wishy-washy songs selected
by what I feel is flawed judging process.
I also feel that Tuco needs to revert to
days of yore and make the singing of two
selections at the semi-final a requisite for
qualifiers. The poor calypsoes performed
on Carnival Sunday night at the Queen s
Park Savannah final ought to be ample
proof of that.
Pan Trinbago also has to pull up its socks
as no competition/show should last 12
hours. The steelband body needs to also
take another look at these competitions
and maybe find some other formula to
accommodate the medium-sized steel
orchestras on a night apart from the com-
petition for large bands.
The National Carnival Bands Association
(NCBA) should not stage its junior Carnival
on the same day as the staging of the
National Panorama final.
This year, after the junior mas, minutes
before the start of the Panorama final,
cleaners were hastily trying to clean the
premises for incoming patrons, made to
stand in a long line at the Savannah for
over two hours. Staff were also observed
in a frenzy stencilling letters of the alphabet
on the floor for row seating, as well as
affixing chair numbers. One idea would be
to move the junior competition away from
the Savannah all together and stage it at
the South Quay venue?
I feel that Pan Trinbago should make it
mandatory that no large conventional band
be allowed to play a calypso from yesteryear.
Enough new music is composed each year
for bands to resort to vintage songs as their
tune of choice. Retro calypsoes should only
be played by bands in the smaller categories
as it is good to hear the arrangements of
the old calypsoes, especially of songs that
were never performed in Panorama, like
Duvonne Stewart s winning arrangement
of Bally s Party Time for Pan Elders.
With thousands of satisfied visitors leav-
ing our shores it s waiting time again for
Carnival 2016, scheduled for February 8-
9. With Carnival being even earlier next
year, the first fetes may very well be held
There is precious little time to fix the
ills, especially with the World Panorama
competition being scheduled for August.
The exuberance of Sagicor's Exodus during their performance in the Panorama finals at
the Queen's Park Savannah last Saturday is another memorable moment of Carnival 2015.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
A memorable moment of Carnival 2015 was Yannick
Holdip's portrayal of When you say Africa...I Say
Shaka to win the Junior King of Carnival title on the
Queen's Park Savannah stage last Friday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Congrats to police service on job well done
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