10 through to Mash Calypso finals
- Teneshia DeFraitas takes second title, wins Aids competition
Die hard fans of calypso reveled in five sweet hours of the music as the Semi final of the Calypso Mash Showdown, 2010, jerked and bumped its way to conclusion under a cloudless night sky at Blairmont Community Centre Ground Saturday night.
The show, starting at 21:00 hours comprised two segments: one for an HIV/AIDS song competition and another for the semi final itself. With respect to the HIV/AIDS song competition, eight singers belted out heady renditions for first, second and third prizes.
The winners were announced at 2:00 hours, thirty two renditions after the start.
Third Place went to King Perai aka Manuel Ferreira of Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) ; second was Young Bill Rogers aka Roger Hinds and first place was Junior Calypso Champion 2010, Teneshia DeFreitas, both of Region Four.
Teneshia De Freitas sang: “Wrap it up”: advice to men about HIV AIDS prevention. She advocated a policy position for women as follows: “No rubber (no condom) no ride”
The women in the crowd and even many men swayed and joined in the refrain: “Yes, No rubber no ride. Yes! Yes! No rubber no ride.”
Young Bill Rogers sang and showed men how to use condoms correctly. The Mighty Perai renewed his vows to his wife (she being on stage in her bridal dress) and sang about being faithful to one partner: “One woman; one heart; me and me wife make a brand new start; one woman and it’s no lie; you better listen to King Perai.
The show then moved over to the semi final to the others, among them former monarchs and queens to jostle for the top ten for the finals.
The ten who will make it to the finals to be held on February 21st at Banks DIH, Thirst Park are: “Lady D” aka Dawn Edwards, “Young Bill Rogers” aka Roger Hinds, “The Mighty Believer” aka Klenroy Fraser, Ras Marcus, ”Queen Makeba” aka Karen Bennett, “Mighty Voter” aka Martin Byrne, “Mighty Rebel” aka Geoffrey Phillips, “Mighty Roots” aka Garfield Campbell, “Lord Canary” aka Malcolm Corrica and “Bright Colors”.
But many at the semi final of the Mash showdown 2010 at Blairmont, felt that there was another winner: calypso itself; the biting humorous commentaries on current day events and the joyous and energised rhythm provided by the Mingles Sound Machine almost non- stop.
The lyrics dished out comprised topics ranging from HIV/AIDS, violence against women, child abuse, love of country to the Low Carbon Development Strategy.
Truth be told, many times some people freaked out; they lost themselves in the sweetness of it.
“Give love” Calypso Stella sang in a song about child abuse. The competition was so stiff, she didn’t make the finals but the lyrics hung in the air for a long while.
The Mighty Believer sang about his deep love for Guyana the Eldorado. Queen Makeba urged women victims of domestic violence to put two wheels on their heels. Precious Pearl warned against: Dem kind of man.”
The Mighty Duke asked: “How civilised are we?” But above them all (in my unqualified opinion) Ras Marcus stole the show with “Money Growing on trees”, a clever song about the cash benefits due to Guyana because of the role of its forests in soaking up carbon and mitigating global warming and climate change.
“We got Low carbon Development strategy” he sang. “Tell them,” he exulted, “we got money growing on trees.”
The Mighty Roots advised: “We have to unite. People of Guyana got to unite.”
MC Basil Bradshaw who did an excellent job thanked the many people and agencies in Region 5, including the Guysuco, Blairmont, the Regional Democratic Council and the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) .
Mash Convenor Lennox Canterbury was already looking ahead to the next activities. He however felt that the show was a great success in terms of the efficiency of the logistics and the organisation and the overall conduct of the event for the benefit of the patrons.
He also thanked the many people and agencies in Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) who made the showdown a success.