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Klassic Ruso opens tonight

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Calypso tents in full swing...

It’s that time again. When the executive members of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco), led by Lutalo Masimba (Bro Resistance) unveiling the latest calypso compositions to a calypso-hungry populace. Last weekend, Kalypso Revue had a bumper opening in Arima and tonight it’s the turn of Tuco North Zone to present its cast of the Klassic Ruso calypso tent 2018, based at the refurbished Murchison Brown City Hall Auditorium, Knox Street, Port-of-Spain.

The cast of Klassic Ruso exemplifies the tent’s legacy of the calypso artform with royal cultural energy. Amongst headliners are Humming Bird Medal (Silver) recipient and the tent’s patriarch All Rounder, aka “the Garlic Sauce Man,” Crazy, Contender, Versatile, Black Prince, Lady Wonder, Shirlane Hendrickson, Hamidullah and Brian London.

Each year Klassic Ruso identifies and honours a stalwart calypsonian and this year’s honoree is Kenroy Smith, known in the calypso arena as Black Prince.

Not to be outdone, as if to eclipse its opening last weekend, Kalypso Revue, led by Sugar Aloes, is hosting Ladies Night (two people on one ticket) tonight, for its first show at home base—SWWTU Hall, Wrightson Road, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain.

Aside from having the reigning National Calypso Monarch, Chalkdust, on its cast, the Revue also boasts of Baron, Sugar Aloes, Skatie, Pink Panther, Devon Seale, Ninja and Alana Sinnette. Showtime is 8.30 pm.

Kaiso Karavan, a member of Tuco East Zone, seems to have overcome some difficulties to open its doors for the 2018 season but shall do so tomorrow night at the La Joya Complex, EMR, St Joseph.

Karavan’s cast, to be introduced by resident show host Godfrey Pierre, also includes kaiso hard hitters including Bally, De Original De Fosto Himself, Johnny King, Cardinal, Erphaan Alves, The Stinger, M’ba, Bro Alpha, Eunice Peters, Helon Francis, Lady Adana, Georgia Mc Intyre and Asha Kamachee.

Musical accompaniment will be by The Ruiz Brothers and the Karavan stays at home this weekend.

Though not confirmed up to press time, Tuco flagship tent (Kaiso House) was scheduled to premiere its tent opening on Saturday at Globe Cinema, Park Street, Port-of- Spain, at 8 pm.

The calypso tent of monarchs, Kaiso House features Chuck Gordon, KareneAsche, Duanne O’Connor, Singing Sandra, Gypsy, Brother Mudada, De Diamond, Twiggy and much more.

Tuco’s South Central Zone’s Kaiso Showkase also continues to stir up quite a ruckus by presenting wall-to-wall kaiso nightly at Palms Club, San Fernando.

In this year of love, show some love for our kaiso and go support this national art form.


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