Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 29th 2016 Contents Three of the best calyp-
soes I have heard this
year will not be per-
formed tomorrow at
Skinner Park, San Fer-
nando, when Trinbago Unified
Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco)
stages the Calypso Fiesta (Nation-
al Calypso Monarch) semi-final.
The songs are Collaboration,
sung by Sugar Aloes (Michael
Osouna); Marriage Advice by
Knobby of south s Kalypso
Showkase; and Trini Vibe by
Aloes, a two-time national
monarch and head of Kalypso
Revue, told Pulse this week: "I take
a rest from competition. I m not
lucky with them calypso judges. I
might have to kill somebody."
Ballantyne---who sings at the
Revue---and Knobby, were not
selected for tomorrow s semi-final.
Of the 40 semi-finalists selected,
eight (Gypsy, Cro Cro, Singing San-
dra, Luta, Chalkdust, Karene
Asche, Kurt Allen, Duanne O Con-
nor) are former national monarchs,
with Chalkdust having the most
wins in the annual competition.
Chalkdust and the Mighty Spar-
row, with eight titles each, have
the most wins in the National
Calypso Monarch competition.
With the soca genre apparently
having a lean season as far as good
songs are concerned, authentic
calypso has maintained its quality
I have not been able to visit all
the calypso tents but of the couple
I have been to, I have heard some
rather well-composed calypsoes,
with good music as well.
Coming immediately to mind is
Bring Back the Rainbow, sung by
young Bevon St Clair, a song that
is reminiscent of the late Mer-
chant s type of calypso and ren-
dered by a young man with a good
On the topic of good, young
calypsonians, just crowned 2016
Young Kings Monarch Helon Fran-
cis is in tomorrow s semi-final and
will sing Paradise.
Not included among the 40
singers is 2016 National Calypso
Queen Amrika Mutroo. I cited three
calypsoes at the opening of this
column, so let me add a few more
good songs I have heard.
US-based Xposer, singing at
Kaiso House in Port-of-Spain, has
been winning multiple encores
nightly for his ditty Too Old For
Dat, while Duanne O Connor of
the same tent, and a former
national monarch, is similarly witty
with his politically-infused Modern
Brother Mudada wins lots of
laughter singing Dog and Fries---
though he risks being accused of
"ethnic profiling." Three of the
better calypsoes I have also heard
are Canada-based Macomere Fifi
of Divas Calypso Cabaret Interna-
tional with Before You Gone, semi-
final debutante Stacey Sobers
singing One Love, and Skatie s Back
Many times a monarch finalist
but never a winner, unfortunately
Skatie has been disqualified from
the semi-final as Tuco claimed on
Wednesday that he had not paid
the registration fee to enter the
He has been replaced by first
reserve Joanne Foster of Kalypso
Showkase. Her song is Thou Art
Loosed. Though not a newcomer
to the monarch competition, for-
mer Young Kings Monarch Stephen
Marcelle has a good song in Shame
on You and is hoping that he
receives the judges nod this time
around to go to the Queen s Park
Savannah in the Carnival Sunday
Dimanche Gras final.
Calypso tents are not just about
good calypsoes but also about
entertaining patrons who must sit
through programmes lasting over
four hours, so the band, emcees
and chorus groups must also be
equally on point.
Of those I visited, the tents have
scored an A grade in each depart-
For comic relief, I Love Every-
body by Lord Have Mercy provides
this in abundance, as does Mr
Nature s Old Age Doh Cause Dat.
Whatever became of Rex West?
I miss him as I miss the late Lord
Fluke and Mighty Cypher.
Calypso icon Bill Trotman was
also excellent at creating much
humour in the calypso tent.
Skatie s seven Revue tent mates
are all strong, especially Alana Sin-
nette (Morons & Oxymorons),
Michelle Henry (Ask Yuhself) and
Chalkdust (When Trini Get Vex).
Heather MacIntosh (By Other
Men s Faults), Gypsy (Too Many),
Cro Cro (Advice to the Boss), Kizzie
Ruiz (The Magic Magnet), Brian
London (We Trinidad), Karene
Asche (Bring Back de Love), Luta
(Same Sex Marriages) and Singing
Sandra (All For You) know the
Skinner Park stage well and are
each imbued with perfect articu-
lation of song.
Good performances are expected
of them as well as from the Tobago
singers who have previously tra-
versed this road like Calypso
Prince, Happy and Lesley Ann Ellis.
One thing s for certain and that
is the judges are going to have a
very tough job to erase 29 of the
semi-finalists to chose just 11 to
face defending monarch Roderick
The monarch for the past two
years, Gordon is determined to
score a hat-trick in 2016.
Showtime tomorrow is noon and
musical accompaniment will be by
Errol Ince Music Makers.
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Netflix blocked by Indonesia in censorship row
A mammoth crowd is
expected to attend
tomorrow's Kaiso Fiesta
Monarch semi-final) at
Skinner Park, San
40 FACE THE JUDGES
Flood of good calypsoes at Skinner Park tomorrow...
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