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I am proud of him—Lady Gypsy
Making a tremendous comeback, soca icon Austin “SuperBlue” Lyons copped the Road March title for C2k13. On Fantastic Friday, Lyons tied with soca superstar Machel Montano in the Play Whe International Power Soca Monarch finals, at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain.
Among those who are grateful for his success and return to the soca arena is his former companion calypsonian Lynette Steele, also known as Lady Gypsy. Steele, is also the mother of soca superstar Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez. In 2006, Steele urged Lyons to return to the soca fold. In 2010, his daughter Fay-Ann Lyons had a mega hit Meet SuperBlue.
Asked about his victories, Steele said, “It’s cool. I am proud of him. I was one of the people who was always asking him to come back. I sang Come Back SuperBlue.” Now that he is back, it makes me happy. When I wrote Come Back SuperBlue, I cried like a baby. His talent is phenomenal.” Bluntly, Steele said, “SuperBlue should have won the Power Soca by himself. I did not like the tie. I found he won outright. He is great. And I am just happy for him.”
Mt Lambert-based arranger Leston Paul, who had produced Come Back SuperBlue for Steele, was happy about Lyons’ return to the soca stage.
Asked how he felt about Lyons’ win, Paul said, “It’s great. This is the time to play songs like Come Back SuperBlue to remind people that there were other artistes who knew he had the talent. They wanted him back in the soca ring. He would have been a tremendous loss to the music industry. Let us hope Lyons continues his winning streak. I join the rest of the national community in extending best wishes to him.”
Lyons’ Fantastic Friday, which was played a record-breaking 511 times, copped the Road March title. It is the ninth Road March victory for Lyons who sang the phenomenal Get Something and Wave (1991). On Thursday, pirates made a killing at Maracas Beach. Clutching bake and shark, beach goers were dancing to the strains of Fantastic Friday. Then, Lyons was the man of the moment at the Nu Pub, Woodbrook.
Joining him on stage were calypsonians Denyse Plummer and Singing Sandra. Lyons serenaded them with snatches of You Don’t Know What It’s Like To Love Somebody. They turned the attention on him and complimented him for his dual victories for C2k13. Among his repertoire were gems like Soca Baptist and Ethel. It was an emotional experience to witness Lyons performing before an appreciative audience.
Steele’s C2k13 Brand Name
For C2k13, Steele made it to the semis of the calypso monarch competition with Brand Name. She expressed the view there should be a separate competition for writers and calypso singers. Steele said, “In Brand Name, I was talking about people who are entering competitions and not writing their own songs.” She questioned the lack of creativity and insight into the socio-economic issues including poverty, politics and crime.
Taking a jab at Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (Tuco), Steele said, “It is so sad to see what Tuco doing to we; no damn respect for calypsonians who bussing they brains each year writing good compositions.” For C2k12 and C2k13, Steele was produced by veteran calypsonian Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung. She sang songs like Vintage Wine, Brand Name and Turn Coat.
“I look at you
And what I see
A vision of what
You used to be
Oh how I cry
Oh how I pain
To feel this way
Words can never say
Then I remember some years ago
You filled my heart with joy and sorrow
Why did you destroy yourself this way
Everyone asking question
No one cannot say.
Come back SuperBlue
The kaiso fraternity missing you
We sorry what you do
Your three lovely daughters looking at you
You are their hero
You are their dad
It’s time to stop making their hearts so sad.”