PEOPLE'S NATIONAL MOVEMENT

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MEDIA RELEASE:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 7th 2016

 

Please see below the:

  • Names of the twelve finalists for the PNM’s 60th Anniversary Calypso Competition
  • Singing position of the finalists for both songs
  • Name of the vintage social-political commentary song drawn for by each Calypsonian or his or her representative.

 

SINGING

POSITION

NAME

SOCIAL-POLITICAL COMMENTARY - VINTAGE

1

DIANNE HENDRICKSON – LADY WONDER

MEMORIES OF 1960  -

MIGHTY DUKE

2

MICHELLE HENRY

NOT A DAMN SEAT FOR DEM – LORD KITCHENER

3

CARLOS JAMES - SKATIE

GET TO HELL OUTA HERE –

SPARROW

4

ROBERT ELIAS – MIGHTY TRINI

JAHAJI BHAI – BRO. MARVIN

5

KAREN ECCLES THOMAS – KAREN ECCLES

RUNAWAY – SINGING FRANCINE

6

WESTON RAWLINS – CRO CRO

MAN FAMILY – ZANDOLEE

7

SEKON ALVES

JERICHO – LORD KITCHENER

8

GARY CORDNER

NO DOCTOR NO - SPARROW

9

DONALD O’CONNOR – DUANNE

O’CONNOR

P.A.Y.E.– SPARROW

10

KARENE ASCHE

LET THE JACKASS BRAY - CHALKDUST

 

11

ANN MARIE PARKS CUDJOE-

TWIGGY

DON’T BLAME THE PNM-

MIGHTY STRIKER

12

JOANNE ROWLEY - TIGRESS

MR. TRINIDAD - MAESTRO

 

[TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO] The PNM, commemorating its 60th anniversary this year, will host a grand Calypso Competition on November 19 at the Queen’s Park Savannah.  Twelve finalists will compete for over two hundred thousand dollars’ worth of cash, prizes and of course bragging rights.

The names of the twelve finalists were announced on Monday November 7 at a Media Conference at Balisier House.

The twelve finalists were chosen from a pool of sixty-eight persons who submitted songs for consideration by an independent panel of judges. On the night of the competition, each contestant will sing two songs – a nation building song which some of them may have written for the event AND a vintage social-political commentary song only made known to them at the draw for positions.

There was much excitement at the live draw for the vintage social-political commentary song, as some of the Calypsonians would not have even been born when these songs were hits on the local airwaves. While some Calypsonians expressed glee, others stated that they were anxious to get started on learning the words and preparing their interpretation of their selected song.  There was a collective sigh of relief when the competitors learned that they would be presented with the lyrics and a CD with a copy of their selected vintage Social-Political Commentary song.

Deputy Political Leader, Joan Yuille-Williams, in thanking the sixty-eight Calysponians and songwriters who entered indicated that each of them shall receive a 60th Anniversary souvenir in recognition of their contribution to the art form. She said she was delighted by the response and gained respect for the Calypsonian when, as a teacher, she relied heavily on Calypsoes to map the history of Trinidad and Tobago for her students.

Over the past year the People’s National Movement has been celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a number of activities including, multi-religious events, Constituency Conferences, the Heliconia Foundation’s 60 Years through Art, a family day in Tobago and an exhibition at NALIS. Baliser House has also been re-fitted as a museum, of sorts, with historical images depicting the contribution of the party to the framing and development of the country from Independence to today.

Tickets for the PNM’s 60th Anniversary Calypso Competition are available, Cleve’s Crosby’s, San Fernando East Constituency Office and Balisier House, Port of Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

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