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No toilet paper for De Fosto this year
After years of being booed and showered with toilet paper for his perceived alignment with the People’s Partnership Government, The Original De Fosto Himself seemed to rekindle love with the Calypso Fiesta crowd at Skinner Park when he had them jamming to his political commentary.
However, Michael Osouna, sobriquet Sugar Aloes, remained in the calypso dog house as there were more rolls of toilet papers waving than flags during his performance. “That is nothing Skinner Park. I still love you,” Aloes said as he walked off.
Aloes lost favour with fans when he serenaded Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to Tarrus Riley’s She’s Royal at the PP’s second-year anniversary at Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas, in 2012. Mark John, known as Contender, was also ushered off with toilet paper after his performance of Senior Citizen.
Singing in position 11, The Original De Fosto Himself, nee Winston Scarborough, walked onto the stage without the utter of a cheer, but his song Games, which labelled all politicians as the same had the crowd waving flags, singing and dancing along. After the performance, he admitted to being overwhelmed, saying that he appreciated the reception. He said he wanted people to know that he cared about the nation more than any politician and that his performances with the Government were only work.
“I was not expecting this at all. As a matter of fact, you heard me sing about toilet paper. Right here I got that toilet paper and it is good when you can tell a story of your experience on the way forward. The people appreciated what I sang and this is why they can laugh, but I didn’t expect them to be so open and embracing and I want them to know how much I appreciate them,” he said.
The Last Badjohn of Calypso, Kurt Allen, also had toilet paper waving through his performance, but his song King #2 was actually about toilet paper. Allen sang that there seemed to be a diarrhoea epidemic among politicians in T&T. One of the best performances came from Devon Seales who had people screaming for an encore. With the crowd singing along to his chorus, “Go now please,” from his hit, My Humble Plea, Seales called on the Government to leave now for the sake of T&T’s future.
Also pleasing the slightly smaller than usual crowd were All Rounder, Queen Victoria, Bunny B and Heather Mac Intosh with social and political commentaries on the deaths of special State prosecutor Dana Seetahal and journalist Marcia Henville, as well as songs about fired ministers.
San Fernando mayor Kazim Hosein and his deputy Junia Regrello were fuming over the judges’ tower which partially blocked off the view from the mayor’s box and stands catering for the elderly. The mayor’s box included Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and Point Fortin mayor Clyde Paul.
Regrello said he asked Tuco to shift the tower during a meeting last Wednesday but they refused. He said this almost led to a confrontation and he believed it blocked the mayor’s box to accommodate a National Carnival Commission section which housed government officials, including Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and incumbent and former national security ministers, respectively, Carl Alfonso and Gary Griffith.
Tuco president Lutalo Masimba (Bro Resistance) said the infrastructure was designed to accommodate everyone. He said certain sections of the park were blocked off in previous years, but now screens had been included for full viewing.