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Brothers place 1st and 2nd

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Saturday, February 15 2014

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THE CHAMP: Rivaldo London with his trophy after he won the San Fernando Carnival Committee's junior calypso competition held yesterday at City Hall. ...
THE CHAMP: Rivaldo London with his trophy after he won the San Fernando Carnival Committee's junior calypso competition held yesterday at City Hall. ...

RELATIVES of two veteran calypsonians yesterday placed first, second and third in the San Fernando Carnival Committee’s junior calypso competition, proving that even in calypso, the apple does not fall far from the musical tree.

Brothers Rivaldo and Ronaldo London — nephews of calypsonian Brian London — placed first and second respectively. Trailing not too far behind in third place, was Kevan Calliste, grandson of Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste, of “Black Man Feeling to Party” fame. The competition took place at San Fernando City Corporation’s auditorium at Harris Promenade. Singing in position number 12, the second-to-last contestant of the competition, it was evident Rivaldo, 12, was a favourite.

In his song, “My Trini-dad”, the Form One pupil of Iere High School in Siparia, reminisced about “ole-time calypsos and powerful messages associated with these songs.

The song which was penned by his uncle Brian, earned Rivaldo first place with 449 points.

Speaking with Newsday yesterday, Rivaldo said he was not expecting the results. “I was a bit scared when I began singing, but started to gain in confidence as I went into the song. This was a good practise and warm up for me going into the TUCO semi-finals tomorrow (today) in Port-of- Spain,” Rivaldo said.

Yesterday’s win was his second and came after he won the title two years ago. Seven points separated Rivaldo from his brother Ronaldo, the latter placing second. Elder brother Ronaldo,16, of Fyzabad Secondary School wowed the crowd with his song, ‘Hear Me Cry’ which was about the rape and murder of several children. Ronaldo noted in his song that the country cannot afford to lose any more children in such violent manner. “The time is now, we cannot wait because for many it is already too late. Let us rally together and play our part,” he urged in his song. Like Rivaldo, this song too was penned by Ronaldo’s uncle Brian.

Kevan, 14 of St Benedict’s College in La Romaine placed third with his song, “No Name” which warned persons of the dangers of contracting AIDS. “I am begging you to be wise and don’t throw your life down the drain. I am begging you to abstain... In the end you will pay one price and that price is your life,” Calliste said. He received 435 points for his effort.

Calliste’s cousin Mickyle Calliste, 13, a pupil of San Fernando Central Secondary School, performed, “This is a call”, in the competition before the panel of seven judges. Sisters Aliyah, Ashley and Ariel Webb, ages 11, eight and six respectively, competed separately in the event. The sisters of Princes Town are students of San Fernando Girls’ Government Primary School.

Singing about last December’s oil spill in La Brea, Ariel noted it seemed they wanted to “oil down” the community.

“Too much oil in the coil...what a mess, the people living in distress. Their livelihood down the drain and everybody living in pain,” Ariel sang. Jerod Griffith, of Presentation College in Chaguanas sang “Sticks with Holistics” while Alysa Miller, of St Gabriel Girls’ RC School, sang “Iron and Steel”.

Other artistes included Joshua and Caleb Hinds of Mon Repos RC School and Dejhaugn Williams and Jodel Francois of San Fernando Boys’ RC School.

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