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Saturday, 6 February 2010

The ultimate calypso at Skinner Park


THREE FORMER Calypso Monarchs are among the 35 semi-finalists taking part in tomorrow’s Calypso Fiesta at Skinner Park, San Fernando. The most popular calypso show of the Carnival season gets going at noon with thousands expected to crowd into the venue for the event.
Among those vying for a spot in next weekend’s National Calypso Monarch finals at Dimanche Gras and the chance to dethrone reigning Monarch Chalkdust (Dr Hollis Liverpool) are former titleholders Sugar Aloes, Gypsy and Singing Sandra.

Newly crowned National Calypso Queen Kizzie Ruiz is also among the contenders, as are seasoned campaigners Brother Valentino, Skatie, Brian London, Twiggy and Karene Asche.

Tomorrow’s event is likely to be a bitter sweet experience for Mr Chucky (Roderick Gordon) who is facing the judges just one week after the death of his father, well known cultural activist Roland Gordon.

The show is overshadowed by a controversy brewing over some of the calypsonians who did not make it into the semi-finals, notable among them a former Monarch, Cro Cro (Weston Rawlins), and the 2010 Young King, Kwesi Jeffers.

However, for calypso lovers around the country, Calypso Fiesta is the ultimate party and patrons will be packing their coolers and heading down to Skinner Park in droves in anticipation of an exciting blend of social and political commentaries and humour.

1. Tobago Chalkie (Alex Gift) - Cocoa Melee
2. Alicia Richards - Revisited
3. Twiggy (Ann Marie Kojo-Parks) - Give Thanks
4. Brother Valentino (Anthony Emrold Phillip) - No Replacement
5. All Rounder (Anthony Hendrickson) Female Life Guard
6. Anthony Johnson- Clean Heart
7. Brian London - A Calypsonian
8. Skatie (Carlos James) - A Cry For Life
9. Dee Diamond (Deneison Moses) - Gangsta Role Model
10. Devon Seales - De Sharer Strikes
11. The Stinger (Dexter Parsons) - Make Up Yuh Mind
12. Duane O’Connor - National Pride
13. Eric James - Justice Has Been Served
14. Heather Mac Intosh - Luta’s Advice
15. Jo-L (Joel Parsons) - Not Me Again
16. Karen Eccles - Last Call
17. Karene Asche - The Audacity of Hope
18. Ninja (Kenson Neptune) - My Company
19. Kizzie Ruiz - Aide Haiti
20. Kurt Allen - Too Bright
21. Lesley Ann Ellis - Land of Glory and Shame
22. Short Pants (Llewellyn Mac Intosh) - De Infidel
23. Protector (Michael Legerton) - My Vision
24. Sugar Aloes (Michael Osouna) - Soldier of Success
25. Michelle Henry - Wicked World
26. Nicole Greaves - Where the Lions Are
27. O.C (Oaklan Lashley) - Stones
28. Count Robin (Randolph Hillaire) - Criticism
29. Mr. Chucky (Roderick Gordon) - A People’s National Movement
30. Singing Sandra (Sandra Des Vignes Millington) - No Child Shall Be Left Behind
31. Sean Daniel - God is Love
32. Mistah Shak (Selvon Noel) - Rogue
33. Spicey (Tammico Moore) - Ah Want To Know
34. Gypsy (Winston Peters) - My Trinidad
35. The Original De Fosto Himself (Winston Scarborough) - In A Palace State of Mind
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