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If you’re picking up this paper as you make your way
home covered in mud and paint...or in the highly unlikely
event you are unable to walk straight, the rhythm of bottle
and spoon, music trucks and pan must still be beating in
your head as you return from the bacchanal that is J’Ouvert
Even if you were trying to sleep through the noise, on the
beach with your family or in the chaotic crowds attempting
to flee to Tobago, we welcome you officially to Carnival
Monday in Trinidad & Tobago.
A world where chaos is created with glee, some of it en-
joyed legally for a few days, where long weekends are still
used by some for rest and a place where in spite of the eco-
nomic doom some project, our people remember there is
always good reason to forget whatever reality we face.
Regardless of faith or what you personally believe about
Carnival, this melting pot we live in should be an example
of what we should still represent.
The watchwords of our country are discipline, tolerance
and production. Let’s be honest, we’re not that great at
two out of the three, but when it comes to tolerance, we
are still able to demonstrate something special during Car-
Whether we are ever able to monetise it properly or doc-
ument it effectively, is another story altogether.
But for today and tomorrow, Guardian Media wishes you
a safe, enjoyable Carnival 2018 weekend.
The Rosalind Gabriel Standard
Special thanks to the woman tough as nails, defiant as
the most determined warrior and creative enough to fight
to keep the spirit of Kiddies Carnival alive with an inten-
tional focus on local design.
Rosalind Gabriel is no Jane-come-lately. She is neither
perfect nor a pushover, but she is the person who for dec-
ades, fought for people to understand why the tradition of
Kiddies Carnival needs to be kept alive, budget cuts, bad
blood, misunderstandings or not.
What she and ALL of her colleague bandleaders did
yesterday in the face of what police believe were credible
threats of terrorism, was a lesson to our children not just in
creativity, but in how to develop a spine of steel...and have
a good time while doing so.
Panorama and Soca Magic
Congratulations to Duvone Stewart, arranger who led the
bpTT Renegades to its tenth large band category victory.
Year of Love by Aaron “Voice” St Louis’, was a treat few
St Louis himself was announced the 2018 International
Soca Monarch. St Louis’ team, like many others who have
made it to the top say it’s about hard work. It also has to be
about enjoying what you do, and being good at it.
Welcome to Bacchanal
One rule of calypso
judged fit for the Savannah final I
have already forgotten, or barely
remember. With a one-song com-
petition, there was no need to
listen to suffer them all again last
night. It’s the case year after year
in Skinner’s Park—as it is renamed
each Fiesta—a series of unmemo-
rable laments about social pathol-
ogy and governance.
I will remember the brands of
SpiceY’s grooming tools. I’ll re-
member Vicky Boodram’s fond-
ness for ship. Most Hendrickson
family performances you want
desperately to forget: but I will
remember Shirlaine’s as the only
smut to make Fiesta. I will re-
member the crassness of Sting-
er’s resort to ridiculing Chinese
diction in 2018: Toi-yet Pei-pah for
him! I’ll remember Duane O’Con-
nor’s swipe at the CJ. I remember
swaying with Stacy Sobers, and
not a word she sang.
The judgment of a calypso
should be: was it memorable—
whether lyrically, musically, or its
performance. Don’t bother and
tell me who the judges picked.
Whether he’s crowned or not,
years from now, I’ll be singing
Year for Love (and remembering
Renegades’ Duvonne Stewart ar-
rangement of it).
est care for modern production
values, where the torture is part
of the sacrament, I cannot resist
consuming the entire thing—from
the comfort of my home.
All the cherished points of
pointlessness. The slipshod
MCing with the canned jokes. The
delayed entrances and missed
cues. The hammy dramatisations
and ole mas placards. Counting
the tempo for the band. Still,
faithfully, the sagaboy outfits. The
geles of lament.
The soaring rolls of Fay.
This year, I began for a second
to take the whole thing far too
seriously and Facebook my own
scores for the calypsonians. Not
only did it ruin most of the fun.
But it brought home how point-
less that other Carnival fetish is—
judging. Assigning points across
40 performances on five scales
with up to 30 points of difference
is just not something that seems
meaningful. Objective scoring of
a calypso isn’t something I ever
want to try again.
realise that, unlike Mikey
Hamit, I fearlessly have just
one, simple rule for a good ca-
lypso: I should remember it.
Half of the 15 Skinner Park songs
y now Voice should be ca-
lypso monarch, ushered
into last night’s Savannah
final by Skinner Park’s wave
of voices, despite an audio catastro-
phe of a Kaiso Fiesta performance,
with a punctuated vocal rendition
more suited to a fete crowd than a
I tuned in simultaneously to the
hour-delayed video broadcast on
government television and which-
ever of the four or so simulcasting
radio stations’ audio signal hadn’t
As I have for much of the last dec-
ade, I took to social media to judge
the calypsoes, with posts of picong
“Third World” technology remains
a predictable hallmark of the semifi-
nal broadcast—and, Voice can testify,
a reliable gremlin in the stage ampli-
fication itself. Interrupting a perfor-
mance in progress to broadcast Play
Whe is a rule of thumb, so much that
CTV honoured the tradition even in
its delayed broadcast.
Commentator misfit is another sa-
cred convention: broadcasters must
pick people based on their capacity
and commitment to wilfully display
ignorance and share misinforma-
tion. And their chatter must run into
Beyond the broadcast, the Skinner
Park home of Fiesta demonstrates
as powerfully as the Calypso Revue
tent’s balance sheet, our neglect and
visionlessness for calypso.
The eight-hour ritual of bringing
my own chair to eat dust-seasoned
oildown in hotsun has never worked
was further from the point of the
show than everyone else.
But, like so many of our other
Carnival shows without the slight-
JUNIOR D’ TUNER: Pan tuner Junior “Blue Boy” Peters tunes a tenor pan for Curepe Scherzando before the National Panorama
Medium band category at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Saturday. The band placed 6th in the final.
PICTURE ROBERTO CODALLO
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