Kalypso Revue launched its 2020 cast of calypsonians to a large audience at the Arima Velodrome on Friday night.
There wasn't a dull moment for the crowd as they enjoyed every calypso on offer. From the first rendition, Truth about Trinidad by calypsonian Maze to the last calypsonian, Snaggs who closed the show on Saturday morning with his tune Fire, the audience was pleased.
Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education and MP for the area officially opened the tent which pays respect to the man who was well known in the world of calypso, its founder, the legendary Lord Kitchener, an Arimian.
Garcia said he was pleased with "the longevity of this tent" and the experienced Sugar Aloe at the helm as he is certain that the culture will be kept alive.
Twenty-three calypsonians sang on a range of topics—from politics, crime and the suffering in the country.
Maze set the stage for an entertaining night for patrons who got their money’s worth.
He was followed by past calypso monarchs, veterans in the field, finalists and young ones making their debut with Kalypso Revue.
Sasha-Ann Moses singing Letter of Complaint got the audience's approval and received an encore.
Pink Panther, the longest-serving calypsonian with Kalypso Revue, had the crowd in peals of laughter throughout his presentation of Quick, Quick, Quick. The crwod pleaded for more from Pink Panther who was called back on stage by the MC, Marcus Baptiste.
Singing Sonia, with her calypso Welcome to Chinatown, also received an encore.
Young Bevon St Clair, dressed in rags as he belted out his calypso Human, really had an impact on the crowd. The crowd stood up and applauded lustily after his performance.
Skatie was well received with his calypso Mirror, Mirror, while Devon Seales had the crowd rolling with laughter as he sang Klepto and The Fashion Show.
Sugar Aloes with Signs and Veteran Calypsonian Chalkdust with Murder Frenzy and Migrant also captured the crowd.
Others in the spotlight were Mighty Diamonds, Arnold Jordan, and Makeda Darius.