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Kaiso ramajays at Tuco’s Calypso Month launch

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Lord Relator entertainers guests at the launch of Calypso Month with some old favourites.

Vintage kaiso fans had something to sing about on September 18 at De Nu Pub, Woordbrook, as Tuco hosted the launch of Calypso Month. Part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of vocal calypso recordings, the event featured musical performances by Black Sage and Lord Relator. 

Tuco president Lutalo “Bro Resistance” Masimba welcomed patrons and MC Short Pants kept the show flowing with jokes and song, despite seeming a bit out humour himself. At one point he complained via extempo verse that he felt he should have been paid more for his appearance on the night. 

Former Extempo Monarch Black Sage (Phillip Murray) promised love songs and did not fail to deliver many gems on various aspects of the subject, such as I Take My Pillow for You, Growling Tiger’s Take Me Down to Los Iros, Voodoo Man by Brigo, and Sparrow’s Good Morning Mr Walker. 

Black Sage was backed up admirably by Vestor Campbell, who played guitar and added some nice vocal harmonies. The audience was receptive and more than willing to sing the chorus. 

He interspersed his performance with jokes, asserting that when it comes to infidelity in relationships, “calypsonians can take butt.” He illustrated his point with Lion’s Where You Been Last Night, Caroline?, and Sparrow’s Maria. He followed with Blakie’s Maria for good measure. 

Off the topic of matters of the heart, he also performed a couple of Melody classics, commenting that American singer Harry Belafonte had made lots of money off the late calypsonian’s music. He gave a sensitive rendition of Jonah, as well as Mama Look a Booboo Dey and Belmont Jackass. 

Black Sage sang a brief tribute to Lord Executor and showed a bit of his extempo skill before taking his leave. 

Former Calypso Monarch Lord Relator announced: “It’s sing-along time” as he commenced then second half of the show with a medley that included a slew of old-time favourites like Ah Had a Little Monkey, Sly Mongoose, Federation, This is My Land, Steel Band Clash, Pan Talent and Hold the Pussy Cat. His performance was a masterful display of calypso knowledge as he moved seamlessly from one oldie to the next, continuing with Mas In Madison Square Garden, Mas In May, Fever, My Pussin, The Road Make To Walk, Peddlers, Graf Zeppelin, Russian Satellite and Lovely Penny. 

His set would not have been complete without some of his own hits. To this end he performed Gavaskar, China Syndrome and Food Prices as the audience lapped it up. 

He returned to sing-along mode with Any Time is Trinidad Time Sixty-Seven, Rastaman be Careful, After Carnival Support Pan Musicians, Winston Spree, If the Priest Could Play, Miss Tourist, Royal Jail, Sparrow let me go Theresa, I Was Soft Before and Portrait of Trinidad. 

For Calypso lovers it was a night of reviving old favourites, and a true celebration of the art form.

Tuco’s celebration of Calypso Month continues with various activities including Extemporama 2014 on November 1, at NAPA South in San Fernando. The show will feature an inter-zonal clash between the likes of Black Sage, Contender, Wendell Ettiene, (north); Lady Africa, Lingo, (east); Gypsy, Brian London, Short Pants, Ababele (south) and more. Lord Relator will be a guest performer at the event which is in tribute to Lord Superior, who is celebrating 60 years in calypso.

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