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Tuco pays tribute to Crazy

Sunday, December 5, 2010
TOP: Veteran calypsonian, Dr Leroy Calliste, texts on his cellphone, while Contender enjoys a delicious meal backstage. BOTTOM: Soca parang pioneer, Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung, renders a slew of soca parang hits, including Maria and Tito Lara, to the delight of the crowd.

Parang soca pioneer Edwin Ayoung, fondly known as Crazy, was honoured by Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (Tuco) for his sterling contribution to the art form for over 33 years. The event took place at Nu Pub, Woodbrook, on December 1. Among those present were Tuco president Lutalo Masimba and Brother Karega Mandela. They were joined by scores of artistes and well-wishers, who shared in the Christmas spirit Trini style. Soca parang connoisseurs sang and danced along to a slew of hits including Coro Coro, Spanish Woman and Leroy.

Ayoung was presented with a trophy and a portrait of himself performing at Dimanche Gras finals. Among Ayoung’s repertoire are gems like Yvonne, Maria, Tito Lara, and Put Jesus In Your Christmas. He has also been working with the youngsters of Crib to ensure the survival of soca parang. Reflecting on his contribution, Ayoung said, “When I pass on, people will still get a taste of my music. It will form part of my legacy. I know people thought I was mad when I experimented with parang soca.”

He lauded stalwarts like Baron, Scrunter and Kenny J for continuing in the soca parang vein. Apart from pioneering soca parang, Ayoung said he had the distinction of predicting America would have a black president (Barack Obama). He urged Trinidadians to support their indigenous musical expressions—be it calypso, soca, tassa, parang and soca parang. “I support Winston Peters (Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism) drive towards giving everyone a stake in the culture. He wants to include everyone. That is a good move.”


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