Monday, January 22, 2018

Some suggestions for ‘Mr TUCO’

 If I didn’t read it “in black and white” in your Opinion column in the Sunday Express, I would never have believed it. TUCO’s Brother Resistance (Lutalo Masimba) actually said “ We are hoping to tighten up the judging system and upgrade personnel through the holding of workshops”

Permit me Mr TUCO to suggest the following:

1. Do away with the present judging system and return to the former with five judges plus two alternates. It is really easier to find seven competent judges than 15. Also singers depend on presentation to get them ahead instead of rendition and good lyrics.

2. There is no way persons who say they love calypso can be taken off the streets and become good judges in one or two workshops. That takes several years of constant reviewing. One can know the world of music and not necessarily be a good calypso judge. There was a team of fine judges sometime ago, but one by one they were excused.

3. Don’t be afraid to call in personnel who know and have the experience of knowing what judging calypso is all about. I’m sure rather than sit by and see the art form decline, they would be willing to step in to lend a hand.

4. Just as important, stop this “eat ah food” nonsense by carrying 40 singers to Skinner Park for the semi-finals most of whom shouldn’t be there in the first place. Instead just 18 with two songs each and select nine to go against the reigning monarch.

These are just four changes which would make a lot of improvements to the art form. Come on TUCO you have a whole year to put things right.

On another subject, I respectfully ask media people to get the facts right before making statements that the public would accept as fact. The change from Calypso King to Calypso Monarch was made in 1976. The reason being, in 1975 there were three ladies in the competition and one of them, Singing Francine, nearly beat the eventual winner, The Grand Master, The Lord Kitchener. Secondly the last time Cro Cro (Weston Rawlins) won the Monarch was in 2007 with one of the all time great Dimanche Gras performances, Nobody eh go know and not in 2009 as stated.

Teddy Pinheiro