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Any truths in anti-govt
"Our calypsonians need to understand
that when they "bad talk" our government
on Dimanche Gras night for the whole
world to see, they make our country look
bad," my friend lamented in a telephone
My own belief is that if we were able to
translate all that was being shouted by
people during the Arab Spring which
brought down more than one leader in the
Middle East, or the continuing protest in
Kiev this last week, I am sure that we
would hear the same level of anti-govern-
ment sentiment and the intention to deliver
"bois" by Mr Shak.
I listened recently to CNN's Christiane
Amanpour interviewing a member of the
opposition in Venezuela about the intended
outcome of protests. Apparently, some of
our neighbouring protestors had used the
social media to indicate that they were
adopting the example of protestors in Kiev
not intending to leave the streets of Cara-
cas until there is a new government and
I am sure that at this present moment
the leaders in Kiev and Venezuela would
prefer to be listening to anti-government
calypsoes, instead of having to explain or
justify to the world why they have not lis-
tened to the voice of their people.
While what the 2014 calypso finalists
sang on Dimanche Gras night may have
been hard to hear and accept regardless of
one's political leaning, are there any truths
which should be addressed?
My two cents.
Lennise Baptiste, PhD,
Protect your hearing over
The Speech Language Audiology Asso-
ciation of T&T (SLAATT) wishes to advise
the public to use hearing protection over
the Carnival period. Music sound levels are
such that exposure will cause typically a
gradual hearing loss and or tinnitus (ring-
ing in the ears) as a result of damage to
the delicate cells in the inner ear.
In addition, music sound levels today
are higher than in previous years due to
advances in stereo equipment. There is no
medical cure to repair these damaged cells
which can lead to permanent ringing and
or hearing loss.
Disposable ear plugs are available at
many local pharmacies. Please read the in-
structions for insertion carefully. For
proper insertion pull up and back on the
ear before inserting the plug into the ear
canal. Cotton, toilet paper etc are not suit-
able forms of hearing protection as these
items are not dense enough to decrease
sound to a safer level.
Enjoy your Carnival safely.
Doctor of Audiology,
Why is that tenth title
Firstly, congratulations to Phase 11 for
getting the judges' nod of approval for the
coveted title. Boogsie is a boss whose cre-
dentials cannot be questioned.
However, I am questioning Renegades
third place placing as I believe it should
have been higher.
Why is that tenth title so elusive? What
again needs to be done to win another
title? Were the winners given the title as a
damage control measure because of their
sponsors alleged mishap? A make-up? A
public relations measure or gesture?
South bands are sucking salt. Gone are
the days of Hatters.
Carnival is bacchanal. It is apparent that
pan in danger.
If I may quote another calypsonian "They
thief! They thief!"
Uncouth behaviour must
not be tolerated
I agree with Paolo Kernahan's article
headlined The Death of Decency, dated
March 1, 2014, but would like to know what
can anyone do to correct a situation that
has got out of hand?
"Spare the rod to spoil the child" seems
to be what happened in Trinidad long ago,
and is showing up in the behaviour of
young adults in the workplace today.
The Government is talking about
tourism becoming an Industry, but if we
allow uncouth behaviour in the people
serving the public, we will be wasting our
time and money. Where do we go from
Mrs Patricia Blades,
I recall calypsonian the Lord Supe-
rior telling me in a radio interview on
the then NBS Radio 610 in the 1970s
that he was one of three calypsonians
who started singing professionally in
the calypso tents at Carnival in 1954.
The others were the late Lord Blakie
and the Mighty Sparrow.
Blakie died in 2005; but, if this infor-
mation holds still, this Carnival makes
it 60 years for Superior and Sparrow,
and I offer my congratulations to both
However, Sparrow is in T&T for Car-
nival 2014 and has fulfilled a series of
engagements, but I am yet to hear
mention being made of his (and Supe-
rior's) 60th anniversary of profes-
This is a milestone and, given Spar-
row's recent medical challenges, we
should all be proud that he can still
grace a stage and give a sterling per-
formance whenever he does.
Please let the records show that we
have recognised this year as the man's
diamond jubilee in calypso. We should
tag Superior's name to the kudos also.
For the record: Blakie would have
been 21 years old at Carnival 1954;
Sparrow was an 18-year-old and Su-
perior was not quite 17.
On another note, there is an error in
the calypso records that is being per-
petuated but needs to be corrected:
The Mighty Chalkdust is listed in al-
most every record of calypso mon-
archs as having sung Three Blind Mice
along with Ah Put On Meh Guns
Again to give him the monarch title in
1976. Chalkdust never sang Three
Blind Mice. His other calypso was No
Smut For Me.
In order to corroborate this, one has
simply to ask Chalkdust or visit the
Archives Library in Port-of-Spain and
ask the attendants to check the
judges' score sheets for the 1976 Di-
manche Gras calypso competition.
Vernon A Allick,
CELEBRATE DIAMOND IN CALYPSO
A stickfighting scene from Canboulay titled "Kambule: The Street Pageant" is portrayed on Piccadilly
Greens, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
BOIS FUH SO!
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