Six former monarchs are among the 15 calypsonians who will battle against defending National Calypso Monarch Devon Seale for the title come Carnival Sunday night at Dimanche Gras at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Cro Cro, Gypsy, Chucky, Kurt Allen, Karene Asche and Chalkdust have made it to the final, each one being among the more popular acts at Saturday’s semi-finals, Calypso Fiesta, at Skinner Park, San Fernando.
Notably absent from the list of finalists is Myron B, who brought the audience to life with his performance of “More Mad Than Me”—a socio-political commentary with a humorous twist.
With a performance that saw him executing four simple costume changes, one of them an impersonation of Chalkdust, Myron B did not receive the judges’ nod and his supporters took to social media to express their disappointment.
In spite of the band messing up the start of his song, causing him to stop the musicians and announce to the judges that the error was not his but the band’s and that he would be starting over, Allen is in the final.
Allen’s “Forking Up Meh Corn Tree” created a stir and he executed a fine performance of the double-entendre political commentary.
Also making quite creative use of double entendre was Chalkdust, whose “Learn From Arithmetic” addressed the issue of child marriage.
Social media lit up with comments on Chalkie’s performance, especially the line in which he informs Maha Sabha general secretary Sat Maharaj that “75 cannot go into 14”.
Cro Cro was one of the most popular calypsonians on Saturday with his jumpy “Final Send-Off”, a tribute to former prime minister Patrick Manning, who died last year. The song contained some political commentary mixed with celebratory lyrics and up-tempo music.
The Calypso Monarch finalists are:
• Cro Cro
• Queen Victoria
• Terri Lyons
• Sasha Ann Moses
• Rondell Donowa
• Miguella Simon
• Lady Adanna
• Fya Empress
• Kurt Allen
• Karene Asche
• Heather McIntosh
• All Rounder
• Reserve: Lady Gypsy