Thursday 21 November, 2019

Is Famalay eligible for Road March? TUCO releases the rules

With the popularity of ‘Famalay’, a song featuring Skinny Fabulous of St Vincent, Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin, there has been speculation over the song’s eligibility for the Road March.

With the mounting inquiries, The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) has released its 2019 rules which may end the speculation.

According to TUCO, the Road March competition is open to all nationals and naturalised citizens of Trinidad and Tobago but, "in the event of a collaboration between a National of Trinidad and Tobago and any foreign artiste/artistes, the majority of the lead vocal performance of the Calypso must be undertaken and carried out by nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in order to qualify for the Road March Title".

This rule, Loop understands, originated in 2007.

In ‘Famalay’, each singer has a verse which gives the two Trini artistes the majority of the lead vocals.

In order to be eligible to be considered for the competition, all participants in the Road March competition must register on the approved forms which will be available at all TUCO Offices. 

Completed registration forms must be tendered at TUCO business unit in Belmont on or before 12 pm on Friday, March 1.

TUCO said only calypsoes released on or after Ash Wednesday of 2018 shall be eligible for the Road March competition of the current year.

The Road March shall be the Calypso which is played the highest total number of times during the specified period of judging at the points of judging designated by TUCO and judging shall be conducted in conjunction with the Parade of Bands at the designated venues.

Below is the complete list of Road March rules.

2019 RULES OF THE NATIONAL ROAD MARCH COMPETITION 

1. The Road March competition is open to all nationals and naturalised citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

2. All participants in the Road March competition must register on the approved forms which will be available at all TUCO Offices.  Completed registration forms must be tendered at TUCO BUSINESS UNIT {#45C Jerningham Avenue, Belmont} on / or before 12:00 pm on Friday 1st March 2019.

3. Only calypsoes released on/or after Ash Wednesday of 2018 shall be eligible for the Road March competition of the current year.

4. The Road March shall be the Calypso which is played the highest total number of times during the specified period of judging at the points of judging designated by TUCO.

5. Judging shall be conducted in conjunction with the Parade of Bands at the designated venues.

The Road March shall be judged:

1. On Monday of Carnival between the hours 12 noon and 8:00 pm.

2. On Tuesday of Carnival between the hours 8:00 am and 9:00 pm or between the hours of 8:00 am and whatever time judging at any venue is declared as officially done by the authority responsible for conducting the Parade of the Bands judging at the venue.

3. In the event of a collaboration between a National of Trinidad and Tobago and any foreign artiste/artistes, the majority of the lead vocal performance of the Calypso must be undertaken and carried out by nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in order to qualify for the Road March Title.

4. Each orchestra and/or DJ accompanying a parading band shall be considered a separate musical unit for the purpose of this competition.

5. Every Calypso played during the time that the bands cross the stage in front of the judges’ enclosure shall be adjudicated upon.

6. No artiste registered for the Road March competition shall perform on the stage more than once on any one day at any venue designated as a point of judging during the period of judging of the Road March Competition.

7. Calypsoes that depend on samples or adaptation of existing melodies shall not be eligible and will not be considered in the Road March Competition.

JUDGING OF ROAD MARCH-PROCEDURE

1. The Adjudication Management Committee {AMC} of TUCO shall have direct responsibility for: (a) Selection of judges for each venue (b) Collection and collation of score sheets (c) Verification of tallies

2. Each designated venue shall be serviced by two (2) judges and an Area Coordinator.

3. Each judge shall keep a separate score sheet on which he/she will record the tunes played at the venue as outlined in the Road March Rules.

4. At the end of each day of competition, each judge at a venue shall make a tally of the tunes as recorded on his/her score sheet and each of the judges shall sign same.

5. At the end of each day of competition, both judges at a venue shall make a tally of the total numbers of play/ performance of each tune as recorded on both their score sheets and record same on the Tally Sheet provided for this purpose. Each must sign the Tally Sheet.  

6. Each Coordinator must submit completed Score Sheets and Tally Sheets to the Adjudication Committee by 10:00 am on Ash Wednesday immediately following the competition.

7. In the event of any discrepancy, the Adjudication Committee shall where necessary consult with the respective judges on the area of discrepancy and rule as they deem fit.  Such ruling shall be final and binding on all competitors

 

 

 

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