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Saturday, January 20, 2018
As it enters its 25th year of being
an organisation this year, the Trin-
bago Uni ied Calypsonians Organ-
isation (Tuco), in recent times,
have been blamed for misuse and
mismanagement of funds.
However, this year of i-
cials are intent in "making it
right" in a bid to show more
accountability for its revenue.
This, according to Tuco's man-
aging director Lennox London,
who was speaking at yesterday's
launch of its two flagship produc-
tions--- Kaisocarama and Calypso
Fiesta. The launch, in collabora-
tion with the National Lotteries
Control Board (NLCB), took place
at the Phyllis Alfred Suite, Queen's
Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.
London explained that this
year, there will be no printing
of complimentary tickets and all
ticket sales will strictly be con-
ducted via NLCB booths through-
"Every year, the people will say
the park full, it overflowing and
Tuco always never have money,
meaning Tuco thieving...the pres-
ident, the secretary, everybody...
dey illing dey pocket but today,
no evidence has been shown
where the money going if it is in
Tuco pocket," London said.
"However, we decided that in
managing the show, one of the
areas of haemorrhaging is dealing
with tickets so this year we will be
partnering with the NLCB to en-
sure all tickets sales for the two
major events," he added.
London reiterated that Tuco
will not be producing any hard
tickets and that the NLCB will be
reporting to Tuco on a 24-basis on
the tracking of ticket sales.
"At the end of the season we will
be able to report to stakeholders---
a pro it or loss," London said.
He also made it clear that corpo-
rate bodies wanting to organise
packages will have to do so with
Tuco and passes with codes will
be issued thereafter.
Kaisocarama is the rebrand-
ing of Kaisorama and the new
production features leading
artistes competing in two cat-
egories---Extempo and Soca.
The Extempo category will fea-
ture 12 top Extempo proponents
in linguistic battle in the semi i-
nals on February 1; with seven
winners going forward to the
February 8 inals.
The Soca category of the show
presents 20 of the season's soca
artistes competing for eight posi-
tions in the inal.
A thrilling new feature of the
show is that the crowd also be-
comes the judges and the artiste
receiving the loudest cheer from
the audience during his perfor-
mance, will receive a grand prize
Second place winner will re-
ceive $75,000; third $50,000;
fourth place $40,000 and 5th
to 8th place will go home with
Calypso Fiesta will see the top
40 acts of the season on February
3 at Skinner's Park in San Fer-
nando with 15 moving on to meet
the reigning champion on Diman-
che Gras on February 11.
Veteran Calypsonian Winston "Gypsy" Peters, centre, pokes fun at Soca
artiste Sekon Sta (Nesta Boxhill), left, during the Trinbago Unified
Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco) launch of Calypso Fiesta and Kaisocarama
at Queen's Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. At left is Tuco president
Lutalo Masimba (Brother Resistance)
PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Tuco moves to show accountability of revenue:
PETER RAY BLOOD
Although last Thursday night was
Ladies Night at Kalypso Revue and
it was the Port-of-Spain premiere
of the calypso tent at its home
base, SWWTU Hall, patrons were
few. In fact, just over 50 people
attended what turned out to be a
very entertaining programme.
Visibly upset by the poor turn-
out, manager Michael Osouna
(Sugar Aloes) said he intends
holding a media conference on
Tuesday at 5 pm at the tent to an-
nounce whether he will bring the
tent's 2018 season to a premature
climax next week. Should the tent
be closed down it will mean no
employment for reigning National
Calypso Monarch Chalkdust,
National Calypso Queen Sasha
Moses, former national calypso
monarchs Devon Seale, Pink Pan-
ther and Aloes himself.
With nightly general admission
tickets priced at $150, Thurs-
day's opening night's attraction
was two patrons being admitted
on one ticket, a norm on Ladies
Night at calypso tents.
"Kalypso Revue has never had
a Ladies Night offer on a Thurs-
day-night opening at the tent,"
said Sugar Aloes yesterday.
"Normally, after our traditional
opening in Arima, our irst night
in the north would be a media,
sponsors and dignitaries event.
We would invite 200 special
guests and entertain and cater for
them. Given our extremely tight
budget this year, we were not able
to do that this year."
Unable to say exactly what it
costs management to produce
nightly shows, Aloes said the
tent's overall budget for a carnival
season is $900,000.
What was in abundance on
opening night at Kalypso Revue
were encores as almost every
singer was called back by the
small but appreciative audience.
With resident MC Dennis "Spran-
galang" Hall seated backstage,
newcomer Marcus Baptiste of
Wack 90.1FM opened proceedings
introducing Maze, singing Going
Non Stop, and Warrior Princess
rendering Ease She Up.
Many of the night's composi-
tions focused on the country's
economic situation, crime, do-
mestic abuse and politics.
The programme's irst half,
which included 18 calypsoni-
ans, lasted three hours. Stand
out singers in this half, and their
songs, were Sexy Suzie (It Done
Start Over); Michelle Henry (Play-
ing With Fire); Marlon Edwards
(Let Dem Go); Sasha Moses (Save
a Life); Tamika Darius (Some
Anti-Crime Questions); Devon
Seale (Not Red no Yellow); and,
Alana "Lady Watchman" Sinnette
Sugar Aloes ended the irst
half in an up-tempo way singing
Finally, a well researched and in-
fectious tribute to late founder of
the Revue, Lord Kitchener. For
this ditty, MC Baptiste donned an-
other hat, skilfully accompanying
Aloes and the band on tenor pan.
Of the irst half, the one bit of
humorous double entendre came
from debutante Smurf the Jockey
singing his impish Mih Bone Stay-
Thursday night's Kalypso Revue
programme ended at 12.15 am
and singers occupying the second
half included Malaika Ballantyne,
Falco, Makeda Darius, Pink Pan-
ther, Chalkdust, Bally, Baron and
Wendell Goodridge sings Old is the
Lady Watchman (Alana Sinnette) is
getting encores for Dead Beat.
Poor attendance at Kalypso Revue
No free tickets for Kaisocarama, Calypso Fiesta
Ninja performs Do It For You at
Kalypso Revue. PICTURES DARREN
Son of past Road March champ
Poser, Young Poser sings Oil Money
at Kalypso Revue.
Fete With the Saints, St Mary's
College Grounds, Serpentine Road,
St Clair, 5 pm.
Chinese Steel Ensemble hosts Steel
Pan Vintage Evening, Chaconia
Hotel, Saddle Road, Maraval, 7 pm
Opening the Kaiso
Tent, Globe Cinema,
Opening of Central
Calypso Tent, We
I Love Choka, Centre of Excellence,
Macoya, 9 pm
Fun Seekers United---Yorke 2018,
The University Inn, St Augustine, 5
PREStige 2018---Elev8, Presentation
College, San Fernando, 5 pm-11 pm.
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