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Interim NCF CEO Cranston Browne.
Interim NCF CEO Cranston Browne.

If National Cultural Foundation boss Cranston Browne has his way, the calypso tents will be recorded next year.

The CEO told media at a briefing on the MQI/Banks/Lime Pic-O-De-Crop Finals set for August 2, that he still did not feel there was enough social commentary on the radios and beyond wanting radio stations to play more of the music, he wanted to see a return to the advent of recordings.

This was something though, he said he intended to raise with stakeholders, particularly tent managers, at the Crop-Over review meetings to start in September.

“As one of the organisations charged with guarding this art form and our history in song, it is important to us that it is recorded for posterity and housed in the archives of our radio and TV stations for rotation with the sweet soca and party tunes of the day.

“Often times we are only familiar with these songs after attending the tents, but I am making a plea to radio stations to put more social commentary in rotation. It is the only way to help keep the appreciation for this type of music alive with our younger generation,” said Browne.

He noted that radio station had indicated in the past that part of the challenge in playing the songs was the availability of recordings.

“I think next year we are going to put things in place where we can get more recordings done of the social commentary music,” he said adding that recordings of tents in general was on the cards for discussion.

“It is something that I am going to discuss with the tents as early as September and next year I would like to see that, where we can look to record the tents again. We will probably have to discuss with them because you know these days it is all about copyright, some people want their songs aired, others don’t, so we will have to discuss with them and try to put things in place,” he said.

Key to the successful production of the competition, he said too were the calypso tents whom he noted played a pivotal role in providing a public showcase for local calypso talent.

“Our tents are a valuable link in the process, whetting the taste buds of patrons on show nights and ensuring that their interest is piqued for the competitions,” said the culture boss, thanking the tents and management for their involvement in providing a vehicle to keep the art form alive.

“I can assure you that the NCF will continue to play its role in preserving calypso by creating opportunities for the education and development of the artistes through workshops,” he said, reiterating earlier comments about revisiting workshops for seniors as well involved in the genre. (LB)

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