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Tuesday 9th August, 2016

ALL MEDIA RELEASE

The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) celebrates the life of Makandal Daaga, who through his massive contributions has significantly elevated and ennobled every single citizen of Trinidad and Tobago within our recent history.

An illustrious warrior, Daaga stood up with the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) and courageously demanded justice and equality against a pervasive system and culture that reeked of injustice and inequity.  Daaga proved a formidable foe to oppression and tyranny.  It was under his guidance and leadership, NJAC brought many a wall of privilege, advantage and racism down, opening up opportunities for a people who had been stridently denied access.  A singular consequence of opening this door of self-discovery was that it freed succeeding generations constrained by limitations of miserably unbalanced society to create an enduring legacy that paved a new path for Trinidad and Tobago.  It was Earl Lovelace who said: “Our history is not of colonialism and slavery.  Our history is our struggle against enslavement and colonialism.”  Makandal Daaga is one of the soldiers that stood predominate in that struggle and his memory will forever be etched in our national imagination.

Daaga’s involvement and contribution to our cultural landscape must be highlighted.  He saw culture as integral to the development of the soul, spirit and mind of our nation and consistently worked towards maintaining that Calypso retained a significant place in our social order.  Under his direction, NJAC promoted a number of public events and competitions throughout the years and in so doing helped to create a space for many artistes to thrive especially outside of the Carnival.  This is especially so with our youths who are from an early age afforded a space and are fostered with a sense of belonging in our cultural milieu.

TUCO recognized the work of the Chief Servant Makandal Daaga during our Calypso History Month Celebrations in 2004 with the “Chantuelle Award” for long and distinguished service to the promotion of the Calypso art form.

On our journey of development TUCO is thankful to the Chief Servant for the pivotal role he has played and for his substantial vision that Trinidad and Tobago and the world has profited from.  TUCO extends condolences to his wife and family and as his spirit returns to the Land of our Ancestors, we bid him a fond farewell.

Those we love don’t go away…They walk beside us every day!!!

Yours in Calypso,

Wayne Mc Donald, General Secretary

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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