Calypso History Month Calypso: Beyond Boundaries and Borders
Senator the Honourable Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts offers his heartiest congratulations to the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) in this its eighteenth year of celebrating Calypso History Month. Every year during the month of October, special focus is placed on the key role that this art form has played in the social, educational, economic and certainly political development of Trinidad and Tobago.
This year’s theme ‘Calypso, Beyond Boundaries and Borders’, pays homage to calypso’s influence on cultures around the world and their deep seeded connection to Trinidad and Tobago. Our country is a historical and cultural melting pot and every race, creed and class has been either influenced by or contributed to the development of the art form.
Minister Mitchell says, “The importance of this celebration has become even more significant in 2020 as every year we look to calypsonians as the storytellers and archivers of our history and our heritage. Through calypsoes we pay tribute to our pioneers and the resilience of our people. Through calypsoes our creativity and wit take centre stage and provide an important platform from which to tell the story of Trinidad and Tobago’s journey through time. In the classroom of life in Trinidad and Tobago, the Calypsonians are certainly our teachers.”
As we celebrate Calypso History Month along with TUCO, let us take the time even in the face of the challenges that confront us to pay tribute to an art form that has taken us through Emancipation to Independence and beyond.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, wishes the calypso fraternity, a successful Calypso History Month.