Full House at Kaiso House Opening
Winston 'Mighty Shadow' Bailey
Event Date: January 17, 2007
Posted: January 19, 2007
TUCO Kaiso House opened its doors to the public during its opening night on Wednesday 17th January, 2007, at the Strand Entertainment Centre, Port of Spain. The former cinema was packed to capacity with supporters who came out to see some of their favorite Calypsonians perform.
The night began with an invocation of word and song by Sandra 'Singing Sandra' De Vignes and the National Anthem played by the Len Cummings and the Wailers Band.
President of T.U.C.O., Mr. Michael 'Protector' Legerton welcomed all to Kaiso House 2007 and informed the gathering that the Kaiso House is not a tent but an experience. He thanked, on behalf of T.U.C.O., the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs as well as the Minister in the Ministry, Senator the Honourable Joan Yuille-Williams for the work that is being done for culture in the country. He also spoke of plans to set up their own recording studio to be controlled by the Calypsonians of the T.U.C.O. Kaiso House.
Other speakers included representative of the N.C.C., Hazel Symonette and Minister in the Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Culture, Mr. Eddie Hart. Mr. Hart explained that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has always stood behind Calypso because it is the music of our land. Lastly, he appealed to the public to support the art form the way that support was shown yesteryear.
Calypsonians were accompanied by the Len Cummings and the Wailers Band and were hosted by Master of Ceremonies', Jason 'Jah-saw' Daly and reigning Extempo Champion of Trinidad and Tobago, Sheldon John. They both were able to keep the audience alive and bring the house down.
The entire cast of the Kaiso House proved their talents in front of the receptive audience and were generally well-received. Some of the songs that the audience appreciated were: "A Sicko Society" by Emrold 'Brother Valentino' Phillip, "Sign of the Times" by Yafei 'Rootsman' Osei and "Ah Chi" by Errol 'Soft Touch' Peter. Other artistes who added much excitement to the crowd were: Alan 'Brother Mudada' Fortune, Errol 'Llylo' Bailey and Winston 'Mighty Shadow' Bailey. Singing Sandra sang a truly powerful song titled "Dafur", comparing the similarities between that nation with that of Trinidad and Tobago. The seriousness of Sandra's song was well-noted by the audience and it is certainly worthy of high placement at the Calypso Monarch Competition.
By far, the biggest hit of the night was Lord Nelson's performance which moved the entire Strand audience. After all these years, it is clear that he still has the ability and the energy to perform at one hundred percent.
The other performers that night included: Surge, Caesar B with "Trinbago Carnival", Peter 'Uprising' Edwards with "Where Were You?", Michael 'Protector' Leggerton with "My Love", Brent Fredericks with "I Owe You", Lady Aisha with "Big Stuff" and Randolph 'Count Robin' Hilliaire with "Everybody's Doing It".
After the grand performances of opening night, it is certain that the Kaiso House would be filled throughout the season by people curious to witness performances by the other members of the cast.
Kaiso House Calypso Tent in pictures: