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Lady Gypsy: Politics kept me out

...angry at Calypso Monarch finals omission

By Innis Francis innis.francis@trinidadexpress.com  

Calypsonian Lynette "Lady Gypsy" Steele, whose brother is Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston "Gypsy" Peters and daughter is entertainer Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez, is angry that she didn't get into the finals of this year's Calypso Monarch competition.

Steele said political power was used to keep her out of the final, and a chance to win the $500,000 first prize, with her controversial song No Damn Respect.

She also said because of a "family feud" she had with Lyons-Alvarez several years ago, she has never seen her daughter's child, whose father is Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez.

Steele said there was a conspiracy at Saturday's Calypso Fiesta at Skinner Park, San Fernando, and she had no representation from her union, the Trinibago Unified Calypsonians Association, because of her decision to sing the song, that was critical of her family.

"For the season I did not make a dime. I ain't get no bookings. I just home. TUCO is supposed to be my union who should stand up and support me. But like they too are afraid of being victimised. What sense you in a union and they can't represent you? They are a waste of time."

TUCO's President Lutalo "Brother Resistance" Masimba denied the claims made by Steele.

Brother Resistance said, "That is ridiculous…I look out for her (Steele) as an artiste and a friend."    

Steele said she still stands a chance to win a competition.

She is carded to perform at the San Fernando Dimanche Gras tomorrow and the Chaguanas Calypso Monarch competition where she will defend her title in the vintage category.

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