Every year during the month of October, special focus is placed on the key role that Calypso has played in the social, educational, economic, and certainly political development of Trinidad and Tobago.
Now in its 18th year, this year’s theme, ‘Calypso, Beyond Boundaries and Borders’, pays homage to calypso’s influence on cultures around the world and their deep-seated connection to Trinidad and Tobago.
Minister of Tourism, Randall Mitchell, said that this country is a historical and cultural melting pot and every race, creed, and class has been either influenced by or contributed to the development of the art form.
“The importance of this celebration has become even more significant in 2020 as every year we look to calypsonians as the storytellers and archivers of our history and our heritage.”
“Through calypsoes, we pay tribute to our pioneers and the resilience of our people. Through calypsoes our creativity and wit take centre stage and provide an important platform from which to tell the story of Trinidad and Tobago’s journey through time,” he said.
He added that, in the classroom of life in Trinidad and Tobago, the Calypsonians are certainly our teachers.
As the country celebrates Calypso History Month along with TUCO, Mitchell said, “let us take the time even in the face of the challenges that confront us to pay tribute to an art form that has taken us through Emancipation to Independence and beyond.”
He then wished the calypso fraternity, a successful Calypso History Month.