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Angry calypsonians storm TUCO

JOAN RAMPERSAD Monday, March 20 2017

A handful of calypsonians stormed the offices of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) Friday, to protest a number of ills plaguing them as members of the organisation Most vocal was Alana Sinnette who told Newsday that she registered two calypsoes, one for the Political Monarch entitled: “No White Colour Criminal.” She said when she got her scores she realised the song was judged in the wrong category.

Following that, she said she sent for her registration form but it was not given to her brother, who cheekily took a picture of it with his phone.

With the registration form verifying what she believed all along she had her lawyer send TUCO a pre-action protocol letter that she said was never acknowledged by TUCO. Sinnette said the scores that were given out didn’t match the comments of the judges, and complained that TUCO does not know how to communicate with people.

She also stated that it was a conflict of interest for TUCO to be running tents when they are supposed to represent all calypsonians. Impulse (Wayne Modeste), who was also at the protest held up a placard that read: “25 Years, We Renting Still”, while Lady Gypsy (Lynette Steele), held another stating: “Who is the Ali Baba”.

Sinnette said Impulse sang before judges but there were no judging scores for him, and he was not alone in that situation.

Other placards read: “Save the Outlaws”, “We Want Judges’ Scores Not TUCO Scores”, “Constitution Reform”, “Fairness”, “Credibility” and “Transparency”.

Sinnette said the group has real issues with the management of TUCO and would like to see the present executive moved. When asked why since TUCO recently held its election she said: “That election is another thing by itself but I will not get into that.” TUCO president Lutalo Masimba and other executives came out to talk with the protestors but they are still peeved.

Calls to Massiba’s phone went unanswered.



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