Can you impersonate a vintage calypsonian?  The THA has created a competition just for you

Can you impersonate a vintage calypsonian? The THA has created a competition just for you

Do you have what it takes to embody and impersonate your favorite calypsonian?

Well the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) has created a new competition that calls for a singer to become the best impersonator that they can be.

In celebration of Calypso History Month, the THA Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation is hosting a Virtual Vintage Calypso Impersonation Competition.

Calypsonians are encouraged to assume the character and appearance of the person being impersonated and film their performance using the highest quality video possible.

Only songs pre-dating 1980 are eligible. The calypsoes must be 3-5 minutes long in MP4 format and filmed horizontally/landscape orientation.

The competition is open to all residents of Tobago, with the winner set to receive $5,000.
Second and third place will take home $4,000 and $3,500 respectively. Fourth to tenth will receive $2,000.

Entries can be e-mailed to [email protected] on or before October 24. All entries should include the name and sobriquet of participants, address and contact info, the name of the song and name of the calypsonian being impersonated.

Assistant Secretary in the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation Shomari Hector, said “Calypso music reflects who we are as a people. With roots that trace back to African and creole traditions of impromptu songs that have traditionally incited very useful and ruminating discussions, our calypsoes are melodic reflections of this country’s history, the pulse of our socio-political climate, and a glue of pride and patriotism amongst our citizens.”

Hector said “Changes in the entertainment environment and indeed the world have beckoned us to be innovative as we strive to preserve a genre which, for centuries, has been one of the best gems of our nation’s culture.

“The time has come for us to expand our thoughts beyond boundaries and borders. Ingenuity is required as we are now compelled to re-imagine the delivery of our cultural offerings. It is in this vein that I wish to express my commendation to TUCO for its persistence and tenacity in ensuring that the month is still recognised through the various virtual platforms.”

For more info call 639-2125 ext 2112.

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