Sunday 15 December, 2019

TUCO open to suggestions on new ways to determine Road March

Lutalo Masimba, President of TUCO

Lutalo Masimba, President of TUCO

The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) is open to suggestions on ways to improve the judging of the Road March.

Lutalo Masimba, President of TUCO, told Loop they are open to suggestions as to how the Road March could be judged in a scientific way.

“We have never resisted a need to rethink the tabulation of the Road March,” he said.

Since the results of the 2019 Road March were announced, with Famalay winning over Savannah Grass, there has been fierce debate on the fairness of the judging. There is even a petition calling for the implementation of a People’s Choice Award.

Lutalo said if people know how to administer that award they are free to give TUCO their suggestions.

In an Instagram post, Kees Dieffenthaller who sang ‘Savannah Grass’, called for the system to evolve, stating that it should be the song that is played most on the road, not the song that is played for the stage.

In his statement, he said: “But somewhere along the way, what we hear on the stage has been pre-determined, not by the people, but by those who control the judging points.” 

In response, Masimba said while he respects Dieffenthaller and loves his work, he takes offense to that particular statement.

“To claim that the people who control the judging point predetermine the number of times a song is played that is in poor taste and on behalf of TUCO I take umbrage to that,” he said.

Explaining how the Road March is judged, Masimba said people are sent to official NCC judging points in Port-of-Spain which are at Picadilly, South Quay, the Queen’s Park Savannah, and Victoria Square as well as San Fernando, Arima, and Tobago.

He said those people are given a sheet with the names of the registered songs and they count the number of times each song is played while a band is on stage.

“Once the band is on stage we note the songs that are played,” he said.

He said in earlier times the first song the truck plays would be counted but today, trucks play multiple songs so each eligible song is counted. 

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