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Gypsy retains extempo crown
Former minister of the arts and
culture Winston "Gypsy" Peters
retained his National Extempo
Monarch crown,beating his main
rival Phillip "Black Sage" Murray
at the National Academy of the
Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain
on Thursday night.
He captured the first prize of
$200,000 in the extempo category of
TUCO's Kaisorama competition which
saw the finals of three categories be-
ing contested in addition to extempo:
political, social commentary and Hu-
It was Gypsy's 12th extempo win, a
feat no one else has accomplished in
the history of the competition.
Hours after his victory, Gypsy ad-
mitted that it pained his heart to see
what Carnival had become.
"It totally pains my heart because I
am from the old school. I am not ac-
customed to this kind of thing at all,"
the 65-year-old bard said, in reference
to the legal action commenced by con-
testants in Dimanche Gras.
"There were many times that the
judges left me out of competitions and
I believed I should have been there. But
I didn't go and make anything about
it. The only time I would complain is
if they have 12 contestants and they
put me 13th."
Stating that bacchanal rhymed with
Carnival, Gypsy admitted that the
Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Or-
ganisation (TUCO) had rules to adhere
to, some of which may be ambiguous,
but which were now being raised.
He said Thursday's decision by
Justice Frank Seepersad in the court
to allow St Vincent-born Lornette
"Fya Empress" Nedd-Reid back into
the final of the Calypso Monarch
competition would now set a prece-
dent that would have to be followed
in future competitions.
"I don't like the direction in which
the squabble is heading. It seems that
all 43 semifinalists want to be in the
finals. It seems that doh matter who
you put in the final they want to find
a fine point why they should be there,"
The entertainer also called for an
audit into NCC, TUCO, NCBA, and
Pan Trinbago which manages Carni-
"I think that is going to keep people
honest, accountable and the organi-
sations' credibility intact," said Gypsy,
who resigned from Kamla Persad-Bis-
sessar's People's Partnership govern-
ment in 2015.
The former Mayaro MP said he was
well-received by the crowd, which was
no different to the reception he got at
Skinner Park, San Fernando, where
he performed as a semifinalist for the
Calypso Monarch competition.
Gypsy said the toilet paper that pa-
trons were waving was not for him but
for his political association.
"It was not like they were vex. There
was no hostility in what they were do-
ing. They were putting up that toilet
paper so I could extempo on them and
I knew that."
Basking in the glory of his success,
Gypsy, a finalist in tomorrow's Calypso
Monarch competition said he wanted
to make it a double victory for the 2017
"I am going for the second crown,"
he joked yesterday.
Seven contestants---Brian London,
Hezekiah Joseph, Lingo, Lady Africa,
The Incredible Myron B, Abebele and
Black Sage were listed to perform in
the first round of the competition, one
of whom would have taken on Gypsy,
the defending champion, in the final.
London, however, failed to show
when his name was called to draw for
a position in the Extempo first round.
Barefoot Fya Empress competes
Earlier in the day, London was in
the Second Civil Court, San Fernando,
challenging the the decision by TUCO
to deduct four points from his score
sheet in the semifinals of the Calypso
Monarch competitons because he ex-
ceeded the nine-minute time restraint.
He was unsuccessful in his bid and will
not be able to perform in the compe-
tition on Sunday.
London said he suffered two defeats
in one day, as his application to get into
the final was turned down and he could
not square off against his challengers.
However, minutes after Nedd-Reid
emerged victorious in court, she en-
tered the social commentary segment
of Kaisorama to prove to the public that
she was no pushover.
"It was one of my worst perfor-
mances. I wanted to prove to T&T that
no matter what situation you are in you
should never give up. I was distressed
for two days. I performed in the same
clothes I attended court in. My face was
filled with pimples and I was barefoot.
could do it on my own."
Nedd-Reid who sang Guilty came
third. Terri Lyons took home the title,
while Sasha Moses placed second.
In the political commentary compe-
tition, Maria Bhola La Caille won the
judges' nod. Capturing second place
was Victoria Cooper and third was
Selvon Noel (Mistah Shak).
The Humourous Category saw My-
ron Bruce (Myron B) taking the crown
with Heather Mac Intosh taking second
and Haven Charles (Snakey) claiming
Winston 'Gypsy' Peters, left, and Phillip 'Black Sage' Murray during the
finals of the extempo category of Tuco's Kaisorama 2017 at the National
Academy for the Perfoming Arts in Port-of-Spain on Thursday.
PHOTOS ANISTO ALVES
Maria Bhola La Caille, winner in the
political category with her song My
Terri Lyons performs her song The Phrase, which earned her first place in
the social commentary category.
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