Calypsonian Clevin "Surpriser" Romero celebrated his 87th birthday in fine style and with good company at his home in Mayaro.
MAYARO TRINIDAD -- It was a wet Saturday evening in Mayaro, the picturesque county located in the southeastern part of Trinidad. The rains that came earlier that day did nothing to damper the energy of veteran calypsonian, Clevin "Surpriser" Romero during his 87th birthday celebrations at his home on the 24th February.
BROTHER VALENTINO SERENADES SURPRISER AT HIS 87TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
Every year Surpriser celebrates his birthday in fine "calypso tent style." Surrounded by family members, friends, residents of the Mayaro community, fellow calypsonians and aficionados, he was treated to performances by former and present cast members of the Kaiso Karavan Calypso Tent. Surpriser enjoyed every moment, he clapped and sang along as he was hugged and serenaded by calypsonians and well-wishers during the celebrations.
KENNY J SINGS
The MC for the night, Eric James, kept the audience well entertained with his onstage antics as he introduced the class acts. The performers had the audience singing and dancing well into Sunday morning to calypso classics and modern hits, from some of the best in the business. There were performances by Brother Valentino, Johnny King, Kenny J, Reigning Extempo and Humorous Calypso Monarch Incredible Myron B, Kid Kallaloo, Stinger, Anthony Johnson, Lady Adanna, Del Toro, Joel Parsons and many more.
The spectators were also served tantalising cuisine, reflective of Trinidad's country style hospitality. The main dish, fish broth, was a definite hit among guests.
SURPRISER IS LAUGHS AS HE IS SERENADED
Surpriser was crowned southern calypso monarch in 1971. He was also a National Calypso Monarch Semi- Finalist in 1970 and 1971. His lack of recordings is responsible for him being unknown to many, however this does not deter Surpriser, a man who has dedicated his life to the calypso artform.
JOHNNY KING POSES WITH INCREDIBLE MYRON B
KID KALLALOO (LEFT) SITS BACKSTAGE WITH WITH DOVE
CALYPSONIAN TURNED M.C. ERIC JAMES HAD THE AUDIENCE IN STITCHES