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It's Your Write
Maybe 'elite' will lead
mas back to streets
Errol Hill's seminal work, Trinidad
Carnival, tells us that our Carnival came
from the Europeans and evolved to be-
come it's own form. We are the great
imitators and we have made our Carni-
val into a unique experience.
In the olden days people played mas
for the portrayals' sake. They revelled
in the streets with the tamboo bam-
boo, steelband and calypso. There was
That is why I like the idea the new
non-competitive venue at the Jean
Pierre Complex. It's a return to the days
when mas roamed the streets, al-
though in a now mutated form. It came
from the elite and maybe the elite will
lead us back to the origins...in time.
As an ardent supporter of traditional
mas and for many years a player of
devil mas with Burrokeets on Carnival
Tuesday (yes) and subsequently Tico
Skinner's devils band, I can almost hear
Tico saying "We going down dey, dey
can't stop we."
retired Director of Culture
TUCO's call for increased prize
money compels us to collectively re-
flect and perhaps radically review the
Perhaps our economists and social
scientists can better determine the
merits/demerits of the million-dollar
prizes that are awarded to winners (ca-
lypso, chutney, steelbands, stick fight-
ers and monarchs/costumes).
I believe this practice is counterpro-
ductive and leads inexorably to escalat-
ing expenditure that is totally
unrelated to returns (both monetary
and socially). At best these expendi-
tures cannot be sustained.
There is urgent need for a broad-
based review that also includes how
public recognition and national awards
There are numerous monuments
and named public places and spaces
etc, that pay tribute to our cultural
icons. By way of contrast, there are not
many of these dedicated to the mem-
ory of our prominent men and women
in the other areas of society (sciences,
mathematics, inventors, business etc).
Aren't we unwittingly and mind-
lessly influencing our children in a par-
ticular direction? The fundamental
question is: Is this really the kind of so-
ciety we wish to create?
Samuel B Howard,
Time to privatise
It is upsetting to see TUCO once
again complaining about parity with
the Chutney Soca Monarch competi-
tion and the quantum of the prize
This perennial whining about which
group gets what has become the tradi-
tion, as each interest group viz calypso-
nians, steelband, media and
masqueraders try to carve out a por-
tion of the Carnival to suit their finan-
cial interest, first and foremost.
These Carnival mercenaries who try
to plunder the Carnival as they try to
make as much money as they can, get
up on the eve of the celebration and
threaten to shut it down, to disfigure
the mas, and to deprive the nation of
the festivity and revellery.
So whether its TUCO, COTT or Ray-
mond Ramnarine, its all about the
money. Imagine singing a calypso and
winning one million dollars! I don't
know why TUCO doesn't follow George
Singh and William Munroe and fund
the extra one million if they care so
much about calypso.
Maybe its time to privatise the Car-
nival; divest it in blocks to the interest
groups and let them fund it from gate
receipts, endorsements and royalties.
This would ensure that each group
gets the return they work for.
It amuses me when Trinis
of a lighter hue are practi-
cally accused of not being "trini
to de bone." They are the same
as the rest of us, they laugh,
they cry and they die. They
play mas, they support the var-
ious children Carnival bands
and dress their children in elab-
orate and expensive costumes.
But the white planter class
has not existed for several gen-
erations. Through intermarriage
we now have many biscuit-
coloured Trini families. Out
there "in foreign" they are just
other coloured immigrants.
Today the "privileged Trini" is
the one who can afford to get a
bank loan to pay for the expen-
sive costume and the roll on
roll off car. Race and colour
have taken a back seat where
real financial privilege is con-
So, four Carnival bands of the
"favoured few" wish to display
feathers and beads far from the
crowded city streets where they
are forced to stand for many
hours waiting to go for compe-
Those who wish to see them
parade will no doubt follow in
their wake. I doubt it will spoil
the Carnival. The white tourists
will not notice and may even
smile that the lighter "natives"
might think themselves superi-
Those who will care about
this extended route have already
expressed fears of urine on their
walls and unmentionables
thrown into their gardens. The
only redress is to lock your
doors and windows and do not
come outside to see them pass
by. But we are all Trini to de
bone and they are not going to
care if you don t want to
What the burgesses of Wood-
brook and environs need to do
is get real about the fact that
they are part of the business
area and are living in houses
doomed for conversion to office
buildings and restaurants. Ari-
apita Avenue is the new Freder-
This is Carnival 2014. Get
ready for the road.
PLANTER CLASS DOESN'T
EXIST HERE ANYMORE
A masked woman carries a child in a Batman costume during the Boitata block party, a pre-Carnival
celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. People gathered for one of the many parades before the
official start of Carnival on Friday. AP PHOTO
LeRoy Clarke must
back up his claim
Can LeRoy Clarke confirm his statements of homo-
sexuality's equation with criminal behaviour with any
scientific statistics or research? If so, I would like some
references so I can study them. I cannot find any.
For him to have made such a statement reduces his
claim of "Elder of the tribe" to silly posturing. Is this the
message that he imparts when he is invited to speak to
students? If so, he is dangerous.
As if homosexuals do not suffer enough pain and dis-
crimination already, he now adds the ridiculous claim of
gun-related criminality to their description.
Has he even read the biographies of the the greatest
artists over the centuries and not realised what a large
proportion were homosexual? The creators of such
beauty were by his definition, gun slingers.
I think his analogy would be better suited to the Na-
tional Rifle Assosciation of the US.
Shame on you, Leroy.
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