Trinidadian Minister of The Arts and Multiculturalism, Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, on Sunday 29 August had the audience begging for more when he performed at the opening of the Big Apple Calypso Revue calypso tent in Brooklyn, New York. Gypsy opened his set with Little Black Boy and followed up with Made Off, which he recorded this year.
The former TT National Calypso Monarch and reigning National Extempo Monarch also paid tribute to Lord Kitchener, who passed away ten years ago this year. Peters sang the Kitchener classic, Love In The Cemetery, saying that to him, “It’s possibly the best calypso ever composed. The song is perfect in every way. Kitchener was my mentor.”
A headline member of the Big Apple’s line-up since its inception a decade ago, Peters is not scheduled to perform at the tent this year, only making a cameo appearance on opening night as he had earlier in the day been honoured by the tent’s management and members of the Caribbean community in New York for his contribution to the development of calypso in the States.
Later in the show, Peters returned to the stage for an extempo showdown between himself, Lady Africa and Contender. Hosted by Sprangalang, the show also featured performances by reigning Trinidad National Calypso Monarch, Kurt Allen who performed They Too Bright, No More Badjohns and Miss Mary, a double entendre he composed when he was 12 years old and for which he was punished by his teacher.
Sugar Aloes also paid tribute to Kitchener, singing Ironman after having performed Time and The Wedding. Other performers included Skatie, Brown Boy, Sexy Suzie, Exposer and Poser.