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Gypsy in Dimanche Gras finals

By Seeta Persad Monday, February 1 2016

IT was a sea of toilet paper for former Community Development Minister Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters as he received a resounding ‘boo’ from the huge crowd at Kaiso Fiesta in Skinner Park San Fernando on Saturday, but the former minister has earned a spot in the finals for the 2016 Dimanche Gras on Carnival Sunday.

Also making the finals was Carlos ‘Skatie’ James who had to take calypso governing body TUCO (Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation) to court in order to sing at this level of the competition.

James had been disqualified from continuing on in the competition for allegedly not paying the $100 registration fee. On Saturday, Justice Nadia Kangaloo ruled in favour of his injunction against the which paved the way for him to perform in position 41 at Saturday’s competition.

The other finalists include: Devon Seales; Dr Hollis Liverpool ‘The Mighty Chalkdust’; Heather Mac Intosh; Helon Francis; Lady Adana; Selvon Noel ‘Mr Shak’; Karene Asche; Victoria Cooper ‘Queen Victoria’ and Winston Rawlins ‘ Cro Cro’ with Brian London as a reserve.

The defending monarch is Roderick “Chucky” Gordon.

At Saturday’s show, despite the crowd’s negative reaction as he performed, Gypsy remained focused as he sang about the plight of young black children whom he says are raised by the courts and jails in TT.

He changed his final verse of his song to reply to the audience singing, “Too many toilet paper in here today, save it for yuh picknee and stop wasting toilet paper on me.” The chorus of his song echoed, “For the future, for the children sake we making too much of mistakes.” Former Monarch Weston ‘Cro Cro’ Rawlins received loud applause when he sang ‘Advice to the Boss’.

He advised Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to do everything opposite to that of former PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

James got a good response from the audience when he sang “When we thought the country was moving ahead, it was blind-folded instead so we send a signal on the 7th of September that we want to see something new on the agenda. And so we dip we finger to make sure of their demise. And to pave the way for Trinbagonians to really rise.

Now I see a brightness beyond the horizon, so we right up on track again.” His composition was titled ‘On Track Again’.

Saturday’s Kaiso Fiesta saw a large percentage of calypsonians slamming former PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Holding strong to political commentary was Victoria Cooper Rahim who sang, “The After Shock’. Known as Queen Victoria, and based in Kaiso Showkase in San Fernando, she too attacked the previous government.

Diva of Calypso, Heather Mc Intosh was again on the trail of blazing the Kamla Persad- Bissessar administration when she sang, ‘By Other Men’s Fault’.

South-based calypsonian Brian London, who has captured the south monarch on 12 occasions, was well received when he did the social commentary, “We Trinidad”, heaping praises on national icons such as ace cricketer Brian Lara.

Out of Kaiso Showcase was Lady Adana (Marsha Charles who did ‘A Murder a Day’.

She gave a dramatic account of the creams of curent state of crime and murders in TT.

Veteran Hollis Liverpool, who goes by the sobriquet Chalkdust took to the stage to do ‘Trini Get Vex’.

He took a shot at the former PM Helon Francis gave a soulful rendition in the song, ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’.

The song dealt with domestic violence affecting women all over the world.



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