The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) has announced the forty (40) semi-finalists as well as the two reserves for the National Calypso Monarch SemiFinal, which takes place at Skinner Park, San Fernando on Saturday.
The list contains some of the top names in the artform.
The following is the complete list.
1. AARON ST. LOUIS aka VOICE
"YEAR FOR LOVE"
2. ALANA SINNETTE-KHAN aka LADY WATCHMAN
3. ALEX GIFT aka TOBAGO CHALKIE
"WHO IS THE FAKE "
4. BRIAN LONDON
Calypsonians are seeking the government's assistance this Carnival as low numbers at Calypso tents threaten their livelihoods.
The calypso fraternity has lost another veteran as Samuel "Brigo" Abraham has died at the age of 76.
Brigo died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital Tuesday afternoon after he was warded with efects of Alzheimer's disease.
Brigo's career began in the 1960s.
His most popular songs include Mama Popo, Limbo Break, Do So Ent Like So, After Carnival, Voodoo, Obey, and Walking in the Dark.
Member of Parliament for Barataria/san Juan, Dr Fuad Khan is joining in criticism of the winning calypso, "Learn from Arithmetic" sung by Dr Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool.
Chalkdust has already explained that his song was based on a conversation with Sat Maharaj and was meant to show his position on child marriages.
However, Dr Khan says it's his view that the song was aimed at ridiculing the Hindu religion and its leadership.
Dr Khan issued this statement on the topic.