In the lead up to Calypso Fiesta, the semi finals of the national calypso monarch competition , to be held this Saturday at guanaco park, many Calypso bards were up in arms about information reaching them about new rules related to their performances which restricted them from adding new verses or lyrics to their Calypsoes. Veteran Calypsonian the Mighty Chalkdust, Dr. Hollis Liverpool, who has won the calypso Monarch competition on several occasions responded to this suggested new rule as not in the best interest of the art form, which he says relied heavily on artists creativity and freedom to creatively come uo with topical additions to their compositions , in some instances ‘extempo’ style to remain topical and relevant. Chalkdust was speaking on an interview on the Power Breakfast Show on Power 102 FM this morning.
In response Brother Resistance , Lutalo Masimba, president of TUCO, the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization said that he was unaware of any new rule that restricted participants from adding lyrics or verses. He said there is an agreed rule by the majority of the membership that only registered and pre-approved songs can be performed at the semi finals and finals, but nothing to his knowledge restricts the performers ability to add lyrics of verses contrary to the misinformation circulating in the public domain.