Asami Nagakiya, a thirty-year-old professional musician from Japan who had been coming to Trinidad for seven years to play the steelpan, was murdered during the 2016 Carnival celebrations. Her body was discovered on Ash Wednesday in the Queen’s Park Savannah near the Queen’s Royal College.
On Sunday 14th February, 2016, the 2016 National Panorama champions of Trinidad & Tobago, WITCO Desperadoes Steel Orchestra, proudly presented their trophy to Laventille residents during a motorcade throughout the community starting from Picadilly Street. This band now has eleven Panorama titles making it the band with the most titles in the history of the National Panorama Competition. This year also marked the fiftieth anniversary since the band’s first victory in 1966.
On Saturday 16th January 2016, the Kalypso Revue Tent Judging Night was hosted at the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Trade Union (SWWTU) Hall on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. The tent, which is managed by veteran calypsonian Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osuna, was filled with enthusiastic lovers of the calypso art form.
On the 19th January, 2015, the National Women’s Action Committee held its annual Calypso Queens Competition, most fittingly, at the Queen’s Hall in St. Ann’s. As guests arrived decked in their finery, the artistes prepared to battle on the stage for the title of Calypso Queen 2015.
The atmosphere in Kaiso House on 27th January, 2015, was electric. Patrons swarmed to their seats in the cooled confines of the auditorium, and as the sound men checked the system, singers psyched themselves up for the evening of competition ahead.
On the 2nd February, 2015, the Grand Stand in the Queen’s Park Savannah filled with kaiso enthusiasts who vied for the best seats from which to view the Young King’s Calypso Competition 2015. The show was dedicated to late culture activist and NJAC stalwart Brother Bankole and banners were hung on the stage blazed with the words “In Tribute to Brother Bankole.”
On Saturday 7th March, 2015, the day dawned fiercely bright under a cloudless sky and the kaiso faithful gathered once more on the green sprawl of Skinner Park to partake in Calypso Fiesta2015. “High Noon!” shouted one man. “We ready! We ready!” chanted others.
On Sunday 11th January, 2015, Kaiso House Calypso Tent hosted its launch for Carnival 2015 under the domed architecture of the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA). As the sun set over the south lands, eager patrons began arriving in their numbers…
On Friday 23rd January 2015, the Kalypso Revue tent opened its doors to the public as it once more offered a fully stacked deck of kaiso tradition in excellence. Happy faces, nice times and music flowed to mix with the vivacious chatter of a full house.
On Sunday 15th February 2015, Dimanche Gras was once again hosted on the Grand Stand Stage in the Queen’s Park Savannah. As patrons streamed through the gates, they were met by the youths of the Revelation Institute for Performing Education (RIPE) playing steelpan at the entrance.