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Tuco boss: Revue free to leave
President of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (Tuco) Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba says Kalypso Revue is free to withdraw or stay as a member of its organisation.
Of the 40, 15 calypsonians will move on to the finals of the Calypso Monarch competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah on February 26.
They will compete with reigning Calypso Monarch champ Devon Seale for the crown.
Taylor said that the Revue will form a body that can provide legitimate and unbiased representation to the nation’s calypsonians.
He also promised to write the National Carnival Commission chairman Kenny De Silva and Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly about the unfair treatment meted out to them.
In response to Taylor’s stance, Masimba said the decision to pull out as a member rests on their shoulders, as they are free “to join and free to leave if they so desire” since this was their democratic right.
Tuco has a membership of over 600.
Taylor had claimed that despite Revue having powerful calypsoes, Tuco bypassed them and selected calypsonians from other tents.
Klassic Ruso, Kaiso House, Kaiso Showkase, Kaiso Karavan all fall under Tuco, with two more tents in Tobago.
Yesterday, Masimba maintained “We have zones... we don’t vote by tent.”
The zones are east, north, south and Tobago.
Masimba said he was at a loss with the complaints from Revue because last year the judges selected one calypsonian each from Klassic Russo and Kaiso Karavan for the semifinal round.
“Who did they complain to? I am a bit confused by the allegations raised by Pink Panther.”
Masimba said Tuco operates with an adjudication handbook which identifies the process for the selection of judges for the competition.
The handbook, Masimba said, was formulated by Tuco’s membership.
He said when judges are selected their names are submitted to the four zonal offices and members have a right to look at the names “and if they have objections to anyone they could put it in writing to the general council and we would take it to the adjudication management committee.”
Masimba said he cannot reverse the decision of the judges.
“What they want me to do put them in? We can’t put them in.”
After Carnival, Masimba said once Revue puts their concerns in writing to the general council, Tuco will look at it.
“Certainly we don’t conduct our business in the media.”