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‘Dhoti dance’ and ‘Bois’ move Fiesta crowd

By SEETA PERSAD Sunday, February 23 2014

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Haven Charles, singing as Snakey, performs his song, 'Yuh Dhoti Short' at Calypso Fiesta, Skinner Park, San Fernando yesterday. ...
Haven Charles, singing as Snakey, performs his song, 'Yuh Dhoti Short' at Calypso Fiesta, Skinner Park, San Fernando yesterday. ...

High winds and the cool breeze lent itself to the creation of a beautiful day for kaiso in south Trinidad yesterday as fans flocked to Skinner Park, San Fernando for Calypso Fiesta 2014, the semi-finals of the National Calypso Monarch competition.

The show saw veterans battle it out with newcomers and others with just a few years’ experience behind their belts. Out of 40 contestants in yesterday’s semi-finals, 11 will be selected to go on to the Finals against defending champion, Pink Panther (Eric Taylor).

Moving the crowd was first perfomer, Heaven Charles (Snakey) performing ‘Yuh Dhoti Short’, complete with version of an Indian dance.

The show moved briskly along with Hollis Liverpool, (Chalkdust) performing a ‘Tribute to the Bards’ of calypso, singing in the style of calypso stalwarts such as Spoiler, Duke, Kitchener and Zandolie.

He sang: “Politician getting away cause the younger calypsonians eh have the skills/politicians drinking champagne as it eh have no more good calypsonians again.”

Liverpool started singing calypso in 1967 and has taken the National Calypso Monarch crown a record eight times through the years.

Roger ‘Bodyguard’ Mohammed, singing “False Papers” was followed by practising attorney. Councillor Ronald Donawa, in fourth position on stage singing, ‘Follow Me’ and, Morel Peters (Luta) with his song ‘No Guns No Weapon’.

Heather Mc Intosh was her usual best, delivering her song, ‘Nothing Ain’t Good’ , but Tobago-based Giselle Fraser Washington (GG), taking a while to get onstage, found herself being heckled by southerners for her delay.

Dressed in the national colours of red, black and white, to sing ‘Save the Land’, Washington was nevertheless applauded as she sang ‘ Government come and government go, but we have to solve our own situation/We have to fight tooth and nail to save the land of Trinidad and Tobago.”

Now considered a regular at Kaiso Fiesta, Karren Eccles Thomas came on stage dressed as an angel to sing, ‘Values of Life’

First-timer at Skinner Park, schoolteacher Amrika Mutroo sang ‘Doh Jugde Me’, a Christophe Grant composition, in which she called on the nation to never judge her by her looks. She was followed by another popular act of the show — Salvon Noel, known as Mister Shak from the tent Kaiso Showcase, rendered his latest song, ‘Bois’. Creating a scene from Best Village, Shak wearing red, black and white sang:

“Tell the PP, in this gayelle they eh getting no mercy/I will gi them calypso ‘Bois’.”

The 2011 Calypso Monarch, Karene Ache came in to sing, ‘Malice in Wonderland’, followed by All Rounder (Anthony Hendrickson) who sang ‘Just Passing Through’.

Erphaan Alves makes his first appearace on the Calypso Fiesta stage sang his well received “Piano Man Unplug.”

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