Calypsonians are seeking the government's assistance this Carnival as low numbers at Calypso tents threaten their livelihoods.
Bp Renegades has topped the preliminary round of the National Panorama Large Band competition.
The band playing Duvonne Stewart arrangement of “Year For Love” accumulated 264 points, two (2) points more than the second-placed Skiffle and Phase II Pan Groove (tie 262) for their renditions of Kess’ “Hello”.
Pan Elders, defending champs, scored the most points in the Medium Band category with an aggregate of 265 points.
They were followed by Petrotrin Katzenjammers, Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille and Power Stars.
The three tied with 258 points each.
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs is reminding event promoters that permission must be obtained to use copyrighted musical works and sound recordings at Carnival and other events.
Fifty-five years after it was formed by legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener, the Kalypso Revue tent is set to close due to financial constraints.
The announcement was made by the tent’s head Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osuna during a press conference at its traditional home at SWWTU Hall on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, yesterday afternoon.
Osuna explained the show was affected by a number of factors including meagre corporate sponsorship, small audiences and a reduction in Government funding.