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Toilet paper for Gypsy at Calypso Fiesta
Calypso Fiesta at Skinner Park was as dull as the
rainy weather which pervaded yesterday afternoon
in San Fernando.
There was excellent delivery from Terri Lyons who sang
"The Phrase" and satire and humour from Heather Mc
Intosh who sang "Games," but the sting and tongue-lash-
ing, the baptism of fire reserved for politicians were sadly
The majority of the 41 calypsonians steered clear of
bashing the Government. Even when there was criticism,
it was so masked that anyone could have easily missed it.
The theme was more nation-building by contenders
who demonstrated their patriotism by wearing the na-
tional colours for their performances.
Even two-time monarch, Roderick "Chucky" Gor-
don, deviated from the biting commentary fans came
expecting from him. Four-time king, Weston Rawlins,
"Cro Cro," a known supporter of the current adminis-
tration chose to do a tribute to the late prime minister
Lady Gypsy, whose real name is Lynette Steele sang
in position number three before a sparse audience. She
delved deeply into the way die-hard supporters of the
ruling party were being treated. Outfitted in a red body
suit with matching red boots and long, gold plaits, she
rang her bell, summoning past leaders to change the
behaviour of its current leadership.
Even though he resigned from the United National
Congress and realigned himself to the People's National
Movement, the Skinner Park crowd, which had grown by
late evening, was still unforgiving of Winston "Gypsy"
Singing in position number 31, the toilet paper came
out for him as he delivered "Angry Land."
At the end of his performance, Gypsy noted the toilet
paper which he addressed extempore style.
Spotted in the crowd was public relations officer of
the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation, Ras
Kommanda, who cheered on while Joanne "Tigress"
Kurt Allen put a satirical spin on the state of the country
with "My Corn Tree" in which he, as a farmer, sought
answers as to who was "forking up" his corn tree as soon
as it started to produce good fruit.
Selvon Noel, aka Mistah Shak, singing in position
number two, put a new twist on the social ills plaguing
the country and the world, believing that we were living
in a "Twilight Zone," the name of his composition, based
on the strange happenings internationally.
Tobagonian contestant Lady Baynes, sang "Tighten
Yuh Belt Is Guava Season." Dressed as a farmer with
branches of guava laden with leaves stuck in her clothes,
she gave a good delivery of the recession the country
But what could not be missed was the recrimination
levelled at the Head of State, President Anthony Car-
mona. From his breach of protocol in addressing his wife
as Her Excellency, to the Presidential Wine controversy,
housing allowance and his "powers you think I have"
speech, came in for blows.
Maria Bhola dressed as the President, walked her First
Lady on stage, surrounded by a strong showing of se-
curity guards, to gave a stinging criticism of his breach
of protocol at the official funeral for the late Patrick
Manning when he gave salvation to his wife Reema, in
her contribution My First Lady.
"I want to know who is the know it all who say that I
breach protocol," she sang, as she gave his explanation,
that who want to vex could vex, that he does not want
to be compared with his predecessor as in protocol and
fashion they are in a different class.
"Public life is temporary, marriage for me is permanent,
who trying to make problem with diplomacy cause me
long term strife. Four words I live by is happy wife, happy
life," she sang to the delight of the crowd under umbrellas.
Rondell Donawa performing "Lip Service" during the
National Calypso Monarch Semifinal, Calypso Fiesta,
at Skinner Park, San Fernando, yesterday.
Terri Lyons performing "The Phrase" at the National Calypso Monarch Semifinal,
Calypso Fiesta, at Skinner Park, San Fernando, yesterday. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
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