MOST WINS: San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein, right, congratulates Wendy Kalicharan at City Hall in San Fernando yesterday, after her Carnival band Beats copped the Band of the Year title for the 21st time. Looking on is band leader Ivan Kalicharan. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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21st time around for Kalicharan

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

IVAN Kalicharan Masqueraders Beats has retained the Band of the Year title in San Fernando.

The band has won the title 21 times in San Fernando — and seven consecutive times.

The results were announced by San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein during a news conference at City Hall, Harris Promenade, yesterday.

Fireworks Promotions Mysteries Beneath placed second, while Lionel Jagessar and Associates Smoke Signal came in third.

The bandleaders were present when the results were announced.

Band of the Year title in the medium band category went to Southern Mas Associates A Native Shindig. D Jammerz International’s presentation Special Forces placed second, while Legall and Friends’ presentation Paradisedae took third place.

In the small band category, Pan Mas Tradition’s Up, Up and Away placed first. Jennings Mas Associates East, West, North and South took second spot, while Roger Mohammed Production Tribal Fantasy placed third.

Hosein said he was pleased with the mas production in San Fernando. And although he was concerned about vulgarity in Carnival, Hosein said San Fernando’s Carnival celebrations were about costumes. 

Ivan Kalicharan said he was satisfied that his team’s hard work was rewarded but he was saddened that bandleaders were not being treated fairly.

Kalicharan said, “I feel if the Government is giving calypsonians and steelbands so much they should assist bandleaders. There are many bandleaders in San Fernando who still operate in a little space blocked with galvanise sheets and cardboard. We need mas camps. This year makes it 21 years since I have been winning band of the year titles. No other band has won so many times.”

Kalicharan also called for prizes to be reviewed. “I am not satisfied with the prizes. $100,000 cannot pay for the hard work we do all year round. And when that is shared among the workers, we don’t make anything,” he said.

Kalicharan said he was pleased with the mayor’s suggestion to create a hub along the Rienzi Kirton Highway. “But we need to prepare the area properly. Set up bleachers and fix the place before, so people will know about it,” he added.

Montano and Friends has also retained first place among traditional bands in Jouvert celebrations. The band presented Breaking New, portrayals of issues affecting Trinidad and Tobago. D Blue Boys placed second, while D Play Boyz came in third.

Tyrone Nanan’s presentation of Bass Back on D Saddle won him first place in the Jouvert Individuals category.

The King of Jouvert title went to David Sammy who portrayed “Ah Loss Meh State Board Wuk because ah false papers” while Seeah Jackman-Deonanan’s “Oh Gosh Kamla” won her Queen of Jouvert.

The mayor said prizes would be paid at the month’s end. He said the prize structure would be completed by next week.

 

Results

Band of the Year (Large)

1st - Ivan Kalicharan Masqueraders - Beats

2nd - Fireworks Promotions - Mysteries Beneath

3rd - Lionel Jagessar & Associates -Smoke Signal

 

Band of the Year (Medium)

1st - Southern Mas Associates - A Native Shindig

2nd - D Jammerz International - Special Forces

3rd - Legall and Friends - Paradisedae

 

Band of the Year (Small)

1st - Pan Mas Tradition - Up,up and away

2nd - Jennings Mas Associates - East, West, North and South

3rd - Roger Mohammed Productions - Tribal Fantasy

 

Jouvert - Traditional Mas Bands

1st - Montano and Friends Breaking New

2nd - D Blue Boys Anthicks in T&T

3rd - D Play Boyz All is not Green

 

Jouvert - Individuals

1st - Tyrone Nanan - “Bass Back on d Saddle”

2nd - John Dick Lewis - “The Big Cocaine Buss in the US”

3rd - Ramir Brian Hosein - “Ah Gone Green”

 

Jouvert - Couples 

1st - Faszudeen Jahoor and Saliza Jahoor - “Coke in Juice Can”

 

Jouvert Steelband Competition

1st - Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra

2nd - Old Tech Steel Orchestra

3rd - Southern Marines

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