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Fifi is 2008 Calypso Monarch for Caribana
chorus for Obama from the "streets of Chicago"
The winner of the competition, Macomere
Fifi (Tara Eulith Woods) of Tobago, combined the national anthems of
Canada and the United States with original lyrics in "Barack Obama,"
which says, "When you walk the streets of Chicago/You left Clinton with
she mouth open."
The lead-up to the 2008 finals
began over a month before with the following schedule
De Great Iron Pot,
55 Nugget Avenue, Scarborough | Calypso City, 25 Cecil Street,
Saturdays & Sundays from June 13 - July 13, 2008; 8:00 p.m. -
Cutty's Hideaway, 538 Danforth Avenue (at Pape),
Toronto Fridays - June
13, June 20, June 27, July 4, July 11; 8:00 p.m.
Featuring: Calypso Cowboy, Smokey, Black
I, Timer, Lady Lydz
Steel Workers Union Hall, 25 Cecil Street,
Toronto Saturdays - June
14, June 28, July 5, July 12; 8:00 p.m. Sunday - June
22; 5:00 p.m. Featuring: Jayson,
Macomere Fifi, Beginner, Dick Lochan, Panman Pat, Drew Gonsalves,
Naki, Valentino, Pensioner
Sunday, June 15 - De Great Iron Pot, 55 Nugget
Ave. (Sheppard & McCowan), Scar. Sunday, June 22 - Scarlet Ibis
Restaurant, 1800 O'Connor Drive (at Victoria Park) Saturday, June 28 - Sidney's
Island Restaurant & Lounge, 5120 Dixie Rd, Mississauga Saturday, July 5 -
De Great Iron Pot, 55 Nugget Ave. (Sheppard & McCowan), Scar. Sunday, July 13 -
Northern Tropics, 880 Ellesmere Rd. (at Kennedy), Scarborough Featuring:
Scorpio, Sparkle, Susan G, Spivey, Structure, Connector, King
Cosmos, Dynasty, Red Man, Web, Laura, Yellows, De Carra, Love
"The whole world is campaigning with Barack Obama whether they are
for or against," Fifi told DAVE HOEKSTRA of the Chicago Sun-Times after her performance. "This song
was just my little corner of the story. I chose to focus on a prophetic
topic of peace, what if Barack Obama became president? I had to mention
Chicago in the lyrics. Calypso is storytelling, letting the people know
what is going on whether it is social or humorous."
Naki (Nzunaki Tuitt)
of Ottawa and Trinidad sang the calypso "Yes We
Can" in front of a black-and-white Obama portrait. The audience of more
than 500 Caribbean-Canadians cheered in approval.
"Everybody is singing about Barack, so
maybe we should move on to something else," chuckled Toronto DJ and
calypso historian King Cosmos (Henry Gomez) during intermission.
Not since the '50s, has a Chicago
politician charmed audiences with calypso songs. In that case it was the
calypsonian himself when the Charmer [Louis Farrakhan] and his
Calypso Rhythm Boys released an album with tunes including "Fire Down
There" and "Don't Touch Me Nylon."
The legendary New York based
calypsonian, the Mighty Sparrow who just turned 73, teamed up
with Byron Lee to host 3 days of Lake Ontario boat cruises at
Caribana 2008. He has been enjoying considerable attention as the
singer/songwriter for one of the most pleasing of many songs recorded
about the Presidential candidate Barack Obama. released "Barack the Magnificent" earlier this campaign year of 2008.
He is working on a full album about Obama. Always topical, in the
calypso tradition. Sparrow held a press conference in Brooklyn with the
senator at which he presented him with a copy of his latest single, "Barack
the Magnificent." Mighty Sparrow's lilting tune is undoubtedly the
catchiest ditty to ever include the phrases "the Foreign Relations
Committee can attest to his tenacity" or "in the wake of the Jack
Abramoff scandal." Sparrow, who calls Obama a man "of resplendent
vision."is also known by his real name Slinger Francisco, and is
a naturalized American citizen and a registered Democrat.)
A community icon and founder of the popular Hamilton
carnival, Kenneth Ling, has died.
Ling, 62, passed
away on Thursday Aug 29, 2007 after a long
battle with cancer.
Well-known in the Caribbean arts community, Ling
was the manager of a number of top bands, and also
created a name for himself as a promoter of
Caribbean events in Canada.
In 2001, he single-handedly pursued the idea of
starting a Caribbean-styled carnival in Ontario’s
“steel town” Hamilton, where he lived, “to promote a
greater sense of awareness of the diverse local
cultures,” he said at the time.
That was the year the Hamilton Mardi Gras was
born, with the support of Hamilton Mayor Fred
Tourism Hamilton also awarded Kenneth Ling a
special award posthumously for his work with the
Mardi Gras Carnival in Hamilton. It was presented to
his wife, Bernadette at the 10th annual awards
ceremony April 03, 2008