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Employees shine at TSTT’s calypso competition

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
TSTT Employees’ Calypso Competition 2016 winners, centre, display their trophies. From left, second place Lemour Joseph, winner Carlton Louison and third place Karen “Cymple” Dottin. Sharing the moment with them are TSTT executives and other contestants.

The best of TSTT’s writing, composition, singing and performance talent was on full display at TSTT’s Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain, carpark on January 29 during the annual company calypso competition which this year was themed 2016...Still Going Strong. 

The annual staff competition is always keenly contested with TSTT employees playing their part in keeping interest and vitality in T&T’s national artform of calypso. 

A release said the event featured eight contestants representing different departments across TSTT. Each contestant pulled out all the stops with costumes, props and dramatic skits keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained as the performers waded into politics, socio-economic commentary and TSTT. 

Tristan Alleyne from TSTT’s Enterprise department went by the sobriquet “Drama Banton” and delivered a Rapso-flavoured conscious song entitled Faceless Conspiracy which touched on the topic of the HIV/Aids epidemic. Karen “Cymple” Dottin from TSTT’s Tobago Operations, sang the humourous God Bless This Nation which was a combination of a nation building song and some true Trini kaiso picong. 

The Technology department’s Lemour Joseph, the defending champion of 2015 TSTT, started her performance with a skit depicting the successful negotiations between TSTT and the Communication Workers Union. She seamlessly segued from this skit into her composition Give Thanks which offered praise to both entities for coming to an agreement which in her view would increase worker productivity. 

Backed by the A Team band, all of the performers executed their compositions in fine style with each invoking applause and positive reactions from the excitable audience of supporters. When the dust settled, a new champion emerged in the person of Carlton “Mister Fixer” Louison, followed in second place by Lemour Joseph and in third place was Karen “Cymple” Dottin. 

The prize for Best Melody was awarded to Lemour Joseph while the judges awarded Best Lyrics to Carlton Louison. After the results of the calypso competition were announced, the fun, competitive atmosphere turned into a unified jam session when the evening’s guest performers hit the stage. 

Guest artistes included Sekon Sta, Hypasounds, Ricardo Drue and a soca set by the A Team band.