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What is Calypso?  Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago from African and European roots. The roots of the genre lay in the arrival of enslaved Africans, who, not being allowed to speak to each other, communicated through song. This forged a sense of community among the Africans, who saw their colonial master’s change rapidly, bringing French, Spanish and British music styles to the island of Trinidad. The French brought Carnival to Trinidad, and calypso competitions at Carnival grew in popularity, especially after the abolition of slavery in 1834.  While most authorities stress the African roots of calypso, in his 1986 book, Calypso from France to Trinidad: 800 Years of History, that veteran calypsonian, The Roaring Lion (Rafael De Leon) asserted that calypso descends from the music of the medieval French troubadours.

History of Calypso The modern music history of Trinidad and Tobago reflects the ethnic groups which form the current culture—French, Spanish, British, the African and New World nations from which the African population derives, and subsequent immigration from Asia and India in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. A creole culture was formed, combining elements of hundreds of African ethnic groups, native inhabitants of the islands, Indian indentured labourers, and British, French and Spanish colonizers. French planters and their slaves emigrated to Trinidad during the French Revolution (1789) from Martinique, including a number of West Africans, and French creoles from Saint Vincent, Grenada, and Dominica, establishing a local community before Trinidad and Tobago were taken from Spain by the British. Carnival had arrived with the French, and the slaves, who could not take part in Carnival, formed their own, parallel celebration called canboulay. Stick fighting and African percussion music were banned in 1881, in response to the Canboulay Riots. They were replaced by bamboo sticks beaten together, which were themselves banned in turn. In 1937 they reappeared, transformed as an orchestra of frying pans, dustbin lids and oil drums. These steel-pans or pans are now a major part of the Trinidadian music scene and are a popular section of the Canboulay music contests. In 1941, the United States Navy arrived on Trinidad, and the pan-men, who were associated with lawlessness and violence, helped to popularize steel pan music among soldiers, which began its international popularization.

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Categories and Extempo Finalists 2016

January 27, 2016January 27, 2016
Tuesday 26th January, 2016 ALL MEDIA RELEASE The Trinbago Unified Calypsonias' Organisation {TUCO} wishes to announce the Categories and Extempo Finalists 2016.  The final round of these competitions will be held on Terriffic Thursday, The Night of Champions {KAISORAMA}, 4th February, at the Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah and will be commencing at 7:30 pm sharp.  The seven (7) Extempo finalists will be competing against the reigning Extempo Monarch, Joseph Vautor Laplaceliere {Lingo} in an attempt to dethrone him. SOCIAL COMMENTARY
NAME SOBRIQUET CALYPSO
1. BRIAN LONDON WE TRINIDAD
2. HELON FRANCIS PARADISE
3. KARENE ASCHE BRING BACK DE LOVE
POLITICAL COMMENTARY
NAME SOBRIQUET CALYPSO
1. DUANE O’CONNOR MODERN NURSERY RHYMES
2. RODERICK GORDON CHUCK GORDON FIXING TIME
3. WESTON RAWLINS CRO CRO ADVICE TO THE BOSS
EXTEMPO CHAMPIONSHIP
NAME SOBRIQUET
1. BRIAN LONDON
2. DION DIAZ  
3. LESLIE ANN BRISTOW LADY AFRICA
4. MYRON BRUCE THE INCREDIBLE MYRON B
5. NEIL BAPTISTE ABEBELE
6. PHILLIP MURRAY BLACK SAGE
7. WINSTON PETERS GYPSY
LONG LIVE CALYPSO!!! Yours in Calypso, Karega Mandela, Public Relations Officer    

Semifinalists for Calypso Monarch 2016

January 26, 2016January 26, 2016
Monday 25th January, 2016
ALL MEDIA RELEASE
Re: Semifinalist for Calypso Monarch 2016
 
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) wishes to announce the forty (40) semi-finalists as well as the two (2) reserves for the National Calypso Monarch Semi-Final.  
The showdown takes place on Saturday 30th September, 2016 at Skinner Park, San Fernando.
Show time - High Noon (12:00 PM)
In Alphabetical Order
NAME SOBRIQUET CALYPSO
1 ALANA SINNETTE KHAN ALANA SINNETTE MORONS AND OXYMORONS
2 ALICIA RICHARDS ELECTION CONDUCT
3 BRIAN LONDON WE TRINIDAD
4 CARLOS JAMES SKATIE BACK ON TRACK
5 DEVON SEALE RESPECT GOD'S VOICE
6 DIANNE HENDRICKSON LADY WONDER NATION BUILDING
7 DUANE O'CONNOR MODERN NURSERY RHYMES
8 EULITH WOODS MACOMERE FIFI BEFORE YOU GONE
9 GEORGIA MC INTYRE THE MESSENGER JUST ONE MILE
10 GIL;BERT O'CONNOR HAPPY DON'T BLUSH
11 HAMMOND BRUCE SLICK STRANGE FRUITS'
12 HEATHER MAC INTOSH BY OTHER MEN'S FAULT
13 HELON FRANCIS PARADISE
14 HENSON WRIGHT CALYPSO PRINCE BAPTISTE DONKEY
15 HOLLIS LIVERPOOL CHALKDUST WHEN TRINI GET VEX
16 IFE ALLEYNE CINDY ALLEYNE BROTHERLY SISTERLY LOVE
17 JOANNE ROWLEY TIGRESS FIRE AND JAWS
18 KAREN ECCLES THOMAS KAREN ECCLES PULL THAT TRIGGER
19 KARENE ASCHE BRING BACK DE LOVE
20 KERINE WILLIAMS FRUITS AIN'T RIPE YET
21 KIZZIE RUIZ THE MAGIC MAGNET
22 KURT ALLEN THE LAST BADJOHN OF KAISO POT OF GOLD
23 LESLIE ANN ELLIS THE SHOE THAT WERE MARY'S
24 MARSHA CLIFTON LADY ADANNA MURDER A DAY
25 MICHAEL LEGERTON PROTECTOR PORT OF PAIN
26 MICHELLE HENRY ASK YOURSELF
27 MOREL PETERS LUTA SAME SEX MARRIAGES
28 MYRON BRUCE THE INCREDIBLE MYRON B BOAT RIDE
29 SANDRA DES VIGNES SINGING SANDRA ALL FOR YOU
30 SEAN DANIEL THE PSALMIST RIGHT HERE
31 SELVON NOEL MISTAH SHAK GENERATION NEXT
32 STACEY SOBERS ABRAHAM STACEY SOBERS ONE LOVE
33 STEPHEN MARCELLE SHAME ON YOU
34 STEVE PASCALL RAS COMMANDA SHE NEVER WRITE MEH
35 TAMEKA DARIUS GLORY HALLEJELUJAH
36 TAMMICO MOORE SPICEY D'CHAMPION
37 VICTORIA COOPER-RAHIM QUEEN VICTORIA THE AFTER SHOCK
38 VIVIAN LOCKHART YOUNG POSER IN GOOD HANDS
39 WESTON RAWLINS CRO CRO ADVICE TO THE BOSS
40 WINSTON PETERS GYPSY TOO MANY
RESERVES
NAME SOBRIQUET CALYPSO
1 JAMEEKA MUNDY WHAT AH SEE
2 JOANNE FOSTER THOU ART LOOSE
 LONG LIVE CALYPSO!!!
Yours in Calypso
Mr. Karega Mandela  Public Relations Officer

Finalists for the Junior Calypso Monarch Competition 2016

January 25, 2016January 25, 2016
Monday 25th January, 2016.
ALL MEDIA RELEASE
 
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) is pleased to announce the fifteen (15) finalists for the National Junior Calypso Monarch Competition.  The final round of the competition will be held on Monday 01st February, 2016, at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain beginning at 10:00 AM.  These finalists will be competing in an attempt to dethrone the reigning Junior Calypso Monarch, Aaron Duncan.
 
Admission: Adults: $20.00  Children $10.00
NAME SCHOOL CALYPSO
1. Caryn Mc Carthy Arima Central Secondary Let’s All Hold Hands
2. Desle Julien St. Mary’s College Sweet 40
3. Duane Ta’zyah O’Connor St. Mary’s College Dear Doctor
4. Jeremiah Marlon James Holy Cross College Union Stron
5. Jerrisha Duncan Regis Elders’ Classes Daddy Pick Us Up
6. Jovanni Gibson Tacarigua Presbyterian School Change of Plans
7. Kevan Calliste St Benedict’s College Baddest Carnival
8. N’Janela Duncan Regis Eshe’s Learning Centre Parents Behave
9. Rae Ann Guerra UWI Don’t Be Misled
10. Ronaldo London Fyzabad Secondary True Patriots
11. Sharissa Camejo Holy Name Convent Our Blessed Land
12. She Ann Cunningham Bishops High When The Bow Breaks
13. Shervonne N.A. Rodney Arima Central Secondary Hustler
14. Stefan Camejo Sacred Heart Boys’ R.C. Tea Plate
15. Tsahai Corbin St Joseph Convent, P.O.S. Break Them
Long Live Kaiso!!!
Mr. Karega Mandela  Public Relations Officer

Calypso Tents Grand Opening 2016

January 23, 2016January 23, 2016
All Media Release The Trinbago Unified Calysonians' Organisation (TUCO) is pleased to inform you of the various Calypso Tents Opening for the Carnival Season, 2016.
DATE TENT VENUE TIME
Thursday 7th January Klassic Ruso City Hall, Port of Spain 8:00PM
Friday 8th January Kaiso Showkase Palm’s Club, San Fernando 8:00PM
Friday 8th January The Masters Kaiso Tent Fairfield Complex, Scarborough 8:00PM
Friday 8th January Magnificent Glow The Red Rock Ridge, Milford Road, Scarborough 8:00PM
Friday 8th January Kalypso Revue Arima Veledrome, Arima 8:00PM
Saturday 9th January Kaiso Karavan La Joya Complex, St Joseph 8:00PM
Tuesday 12th January DIVA’s Calypso Cabaret International De Nu Pub (formerly Mas Camp Pub), French Street, Woodbrook 8:00PM
Wednesday 13th January Kaiso House Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain 8:00PM
Thursday 14th January Icons Ambassador Hotel, Long Circular Road, St James 8:00PM
Yours in Calypso Karega Mandela, Public Relations Officer

National Calypso Monarch Judging Panel Visit Schedule

January 23, 2016
All Media Release The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) wishes to announce the dates on which the National Calypso Monarch Judging Panel would visit the various Calypso Tents throughout the Carnival Season 2016.
DATE TENT VENUE TIME
Tuesday 12th January Bacchanal Fairfield Complex, Scarborough 6:00PM
Tuesday 12th January D’Masters Fairfield Complex, Scarborough 9:00PM
Wednesday 13th January Tobago Preliminary Round Fairfield Complex, Scarborough 10:00PM
Wednesday 13th January Magnificent Glow Red Rock Ridge, Scarborough 8:00PM
Thursday 14th January Klassic Ruso City Hall, Port of Spain 8:00PM
Friday 15th January Kaiso Showkase Palm’s Club, San Fernando 8:00PM
Saturday 16th January Kalypso Revue SWWTU Hall, Port of Spain 8:00PM
Monday 18th January Kaiso House Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain 8:00PM
Tuesday 19th January Generation Next Communication Workers’ Union Hall, Henry Street, Port of Spain 7:00PM
Wednesday 20th January Icons Ambassador Hotel, Long Circular Road, St James 8:00PM
Thursday 21st January DIVA’s Calypso Cabaret International De Nu Pub (formerly Mas Camp Pub), French Street, Woodbrook 8:00PM
Friday 22nd January Kaiso Karavan La Joya Complex, St Joseph 8:00PM
Saturday 23rd January Trinidad Preliminary Round (North) NUGFW Henry Street, Port of Spain 9:00PM
Sunday 24th January Trinidad Preliminary Round (South) Creative Arts Centre, Circular Road, San Fernando 9:00PM
  Yours in Calypso Karega Mandela, Public Relations Officer

Second Call To the Tent

January 23, 2016
All Media Release The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) wishes to remind All Artistes who are not allocated to a Calypso Tent or those who may have performed a Calypso in the Tent and has another offering, that they would be adjudicated on Saturday 23rd January, at the NUGFW Henry Street, Port of Spain an on Sunday 24th January, 2016 at the Creative Arts Centre, Circular Road, San Fernando. Registration on both days are scheduled to begin at 9:00 AM Sharp!!! For further information or clarification you may contact any of the TUCO Offices.

Semifinalists for Calypso Fiesta 2016

January 23, 2016
Media Invitation
Re: Semifinalist for Calypso Monarch 2016
 
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) invites you to attend and cover the official release by the Adjudication Committee of the 40 Semifinalist for Calypso Fiesta 2016, at the  Kaiso House Tent, Queen’s Park Savannah on Monday 25th January @12.00pm.
 
Should you require additional information, please feel free to contact Mr. Karega Mandela, PRO of TUCO @ 627-9967.
 
We look forward to seeing you there.
 
Mr. Karega Mandela  Public Relations Officer