MUCH DESERVED: Minister of Community Development, Winston 'Gypsy' Peters, left, presents the country's oldest living calypsonian and an original member of the Revue cast Clifton Ryan 'The Mighty Bomber' with an award during the calypso tent's dinner and awards ceremony in commemoration of its 50th anniversary at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain on Friday. —Photo: GARY CARDINEZ

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Calypso Revue celebrates 50 years

By Gary Cardinez

The 50th anniversary of the Calypso Revue was celebrated at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain on Friday evening with a gala dinner and awards ceremony.

The event was well attended with guests who paid as much as $600 per ticket to be treated to performances by some of the top calypsonians in the industry.

Music for dining was provided by 90.1 Degrees and Tricia Hamilton while Lord Relator executed a musical interlude.

Denyse Plummer, Baron and Black Stalin also performed.

Awards were presented to members of the family of Lord Kitchener and, Jazzy Pantin and Sonny Woodley the men responsible for the success of the Revue.

Also receiving awards were Black Stalin, Government Minister Winston "Gypsy" Peters, Lord Superior and Clifton Ryan (mighty Bomber), two original members of the tent.

Sugar Aloes and Housing Minister Roodal Moonilal also received awards.

President of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) Lutalo Masimba (Brother Resistance) said it as a red letter day, a day of celebration as Calypso Revue had come a long way.

He called on the State to throw its support behind calypso and Carnival arts away from political patronage and "make direct investment opportunities so we can take our experience of the calypso tent and Carnival arts into the realm of industry and not just give the tent something so they can get by".

Resistance said: "The power and possibility of the business of calypso is real and TUCO stands behind the Revue and all tents, including the community tents. The Ministry of Trade and Industry must see calypso as a business as any other and give business concessions to help us take our business to another level.

"And further more we want to hear we self on the radio and we want to see we self on the TV. It is time for 50 per cent local content on all radio and TV station."

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