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Newly-crowned National Calypso Monarch,
Roderick "Chucky" Gordon, yesterday admitted
to being shocked by claims that Sunday s
results were altered in his favour.
Gordon, the son of the late well-known musi-
cian, calypso judge and cultural activist Roland
Gordon, was particularly disturbed by an alle-
gation that his stepmother had something to
do with his victory.
He explained, "Norma Clarke, she was my
stepmother when I was very young. She and
my deceased father, they were together, and
that was a long time, when I was in primary
school, so I don t know, based on that, and the
fact that my father died several years ago, she
could still be considered my stepmother."
He said, however, that Clarke was not on the
judging panel when he won with his renditions
of Wey Yuh Think and Wedding of De Century,
so talk of her alleged involvement was just mali-
"At the end of the day, I would expect negative
comments from all circles. Is Trinidad and Toba-
go we living in, you know," he said.
"We living in a kind of disconnected society,
where people don t know all the facts. I don t
want to be the one to say I deserved to win,
but based on comments from others, that the
two songs were delivered over the two rounds
at a very high standard, but at the end of the
day you expect negativity."
Noel and others have also commented on
Gordon s Wedding of the Century, saying it was
not true calypso.
At the end of his delivery of the song depicting
a marriage between soca and chutney, Gordon
brought on stage three iconic representatives
of chutney, pan and soca in the form of Drupatee
Ramgoonai, Ray Holman and Super Blue.
"Calypso remains the root of everything we
try to celebrate, rapso, chutney, even the chutney
and soca Chucky sang about, and no disrespect
to Chucky or the song, but at a calypso com-
petition where the theme is 100 years of calypso
being recorded, for somebody to come and sing
about the marriage of chutney and soca and
you depict the chutney aspect of the thing more
than the soca aspect fo the thing, that is the
height of disrespect," Noel argued yesterday.
In defending the song, however, Gordon said,
"Oh my goodness. Oh Lord, oh God, this society
is something else.
"First and foremost, if they listened to the
song, listen to how the music was treated, listen
to the melody, you hear calypso, you hear the
elements of pan in it, you hear elements of the
tassa. Listen to how the verses are structured,
it s calypso in its original form. The tempo is
calypso. The song talks about a fusion, a mar-
riage of cultures, it s obvious you will have to
get all elements of our indigenous artform
He added, "So if I had sung a soca song,
would they have said I should not be judged.
If I had sung my popular song Blazing, would
they say I should not have been judged."
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Selvon "Mistah Shak" Noel,
who placed third in this year s
National Calypso Monarch com-
petition, is now calling for an
overhaul of the Trinbago Unified
(TUCO) judging system.
He made the call yesterday after
saying he was told a National Car-
nival Commission (NCC) official
indicated he was in front following
Sunday s Dimanche Gras show at
the Queen s Park Savannah, Port-
of-Spain, but eventually ended
up third, behind Roderick
"Chucky" Gordon and Kurt Allen,
after the results were doctored.
In an e-mail sent to undisclosed
recipients yesterday, the Siparia
bard said the NCC official told
one of his friends: "D judges orig-
inal scores really had yuh pardner
Mistah Shak winning de monarch
& Kurt 2nd!"
The e-mail went on to claim
that the NCC official said the fact
that Gordon s "stepmother" was
on the judging panel swayed the
results in his favour.
Noel sang Bois, one of the more
popular songs in the semifinal
and final, and Crime Round D
Clock, while Gordon sang Weh
Yuh Think and Wedding of De
Century before an appreciative
crowd on Sunday.
However, the result was still
being debated on the radio air-
waves and across social networks
yesterday, although there was still
a division on whether the results
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian, Noel said he was not
going to demand to see the score-
sheets as others in the past have
done, but said he was standing
by his claims.
"As far as I am concerned,
myself and all calypsonians and
anybody concerned about
calypso and culture, we need
to do something about the
transparency of calypso judg-
ing," an upset Noel said.
"They have done nothing to
me personally, but everybody with
a conscience, a brain and an
understanding could see what
really went on Sunday."
Time for transparency
However, he called for major
changes to bring about trans-
parency in the judging process.
In the first instance, he wants
the judges to produce the scores
immediately after calypsonians
perform, as they do for athletes
in the major events like the
"As soon as one singer sings
and moves on, all the scores from
all the judges should go up on a
huge screen so everybody can see
it," he said.
"In this way, there can be no
tampering with the scores after
the fact. For people who want to
do their own judging at home,
they can be more certain of the
transparency and keep better tabs
on what is happening."
The second proposal is for
calypsonians no longer competing
to be part of the process. Saying
he gave the claims validity because
he had heard of manipulation of
results in competitions before,
Noel said, "There is no reason
why you should take upwards of
45 minutes to an hour and a half
to tabulate results.
"If the calypsonian is given a
score as soon as they perform, it
is a simple case of calculating
numbers. I don t see what should
take so long, unless you leave right
thinking people to think you
cooking the books."
He said until such time as
major changes are made to the
judging process there would be
no integrity in the judging of
"Calypso has to have the belly
and the fortitude to take such a
courageous step and stop keeping
the judging of calypso in this
cloud of secrecy."
Lift shroud of secrecy
Mistah Shak on Calypso Monarch judging:
TUCO/NCC DENY CLAIM
In an immediate response yesterday, TUCO president Lutalo
"Brother Resistance" Masimba described the comments as
Saying he knew Noel and had utmost respect for him,
Masimba said, "It is unfortunate a competitor could make
such allegations and I am a little embarrassed by the
He also denied that the NCC had any involvement in the
judging of the competition.
"It is a TUCO run competition," he said
NCC chairman Allison Demas also denied any involvement
of her organisation in the process.
"As chairman of NCC, I have no involvement in the judging
process. I don't know who is the official being referred to. I
suggest you speak to TUCO, who is responsible for the
selection of the judges and the judging of the Calypso
by ridiculous claim
Selvon "Mistah Shak" Noel performing Bois on Sunday night.
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