Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 7th 2016 Contents Skatie: Leaving
everything in God's hands
Carlos James, popularly known
as Skatie, thinks 2016 will be his
Skatie will sing Back on Track
and Jus Come Chinee.
Selected 14 times as a finalist,
Skatie said he does not see anyone
as a challenger.
"I don t think about anyone
when I go out to perform. My
mission is to deliver to the people
"And what the judges do they
do. I don t think about challenges.
This year will be very strong for
me because I think I have two
good songs. I am leaving every-
thing in the hands of God."
Gypsy: I am back as
a full-time entertainer
Former Ortoire/Mayaro MP
and minister of culture Winston
Gypsy Peters is back in the Savan-
nah. In 1997, Gypsy was adjudged
winner of the Calypso Monarch
with his famous Little Black Boy
Gypsy said he refrained from
entering competitions while he
served as a government minis-
"I never gave up singing in the
tent even as a government min-
ister. I sang in the tent every year."
Ship of State and Too Many
will be Gypsy s choice of songs.
" I am not singling out anyone
as my toughest challenger.
"I have always identified myself
as a calypsonian. That is what I
am...that is what I will always be.
"Everything that I have in life
calypso gave it to me...including
being a minister of government.
I started singing when I was four
years old. I don t know anything
"I am back as a full-time enter-
Gypsy said he has already been
booked for gigs outside of T&T.
$1.2m to host
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That s the cost to host tonight s
Dimanche Gras show at the Queen s
Park Savannah. This figure excludes
the $1 million that will be awarded
to the Calypso Monarch.
Confirmation came from chair-
man of the National Carnival Com-
mission (NCC) Kenny De Silva.
NCC is Carnival s governing body.
"I am happy to report that we did
not exceed the budget for the show,"
De Silva said.
Speaking on Thursday while
examining final touches to the big
stage at the Savannah, De Silva said
he hoped T&T would have two days
of crime-free and enjoyable Car-
"We are hopeful and optimistic
that we will have a smooth Carnival.
Everything is in place for the greatest
show on Earth," De Silva said.
Of the 4,500 Dimanche Gras
tickets printed, De Silva said 50 per
cent had already been sold.
"Sales have been going steady
and we are expecting a sell-out
crowd on Sunday."
Reserved tickets are priced at
$400 while general admission costs
The theme for this year s show
is Unforgettable---The time line of
On Friday, producer of the show,
Carl Beaver Henderson, gave some
insight into the packed programme,
which begins with a pre-show at
The show gets started at 7 pm
with steelband group Pure playing
an array of tunes. The 2016 Junior
Calypso Monarch, Sharissa Camejo
will open with a rendition of Our
Blessed Land. Henderson said this
would be followed by the 11 Calypso
Monarch finalists and reigning
champ Roderick "Chucky" Gordon
each singing their first calypso as
they vie for the prestigious title.
Patrons would then be treated to
a comedy from Errol Fabien, Learie
Joseph, Nikki Crosby, Pennelope
Spencer, George Gonzales and
He said approximately 60 Car-
nival characters, comprising gorillas,
feathered Indians, Jab Jabs, moko
jumbies, midnight robbers and mas-
queraders would grace the stage,
while the lyrics of Kerwin Du Bois
Unforgettable would be played in
the background to entertain the
"We are also negotiating with
calypsonian Super Blue to be a guest
performer. But we are still awaiting
word," Henderson said.
Henderson said competing calyp-
sonians would then do their second
The programme is expected to
come to an end at 11.45 pm.
Henderson said he expected the
results to be announced by mid-
"We don t want to go beyond
midnight with the performances.
We intend to keep the show as tight
as possible," he added.
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...NCC expecting a sell-out crowd
May the best win---Chalkdust
• Marsha Clifton
• Dr Hollis Liverpool
• Karene Asche
• Winston Peters
• Carlos James
• Selvon Noel
• Weston Rawlins
• Devon Seale
• Heather Mac Intosh
• Helon Francis
• Roderick Gordon
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