81.4 F
Cruz Bay
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesCALYPSO COMPETITION SETS STAGE FOR FINALS

CALYPSO COMPETITION SETS STAGE FOR FINALS

The competition was fierce Friday night during the Crucian Christmas Festival Annual Calypso Elimination Contest in Frederiksted's Paul E. Joseph Statium, where 16 contestants vied for the opportunity to compete against the reigning Monarch Samuel "Mighty Pat" Ferdinand. The best ten will go on to the Calypso Finals on January 1, 2004. (See Crucian Christmas Festival 2004 events guide".)
The sparse crowd did not deter the enthusiasm of the contestants who used wit, colorful language and more than a little social and political commentary in their lyrics. As the crowd moved to the beat, the singers told stories denouncing the actions of the government and the legislature. Dressed in glitter and sparkles the calypsonians sang about tax hikes, casino gambling, the lack of tourism on St. Croix and youth violence.
The contestants were judged on lyrics, clarity, presentation, originality and rendition.
The top 10 finishers were Campbell "King Kan" Barnes, John "Mighty John" Williams, Lestroy "Happy" James, Morris"King Gerenic" Benjamin,
Allan " King Herring" Clarke, Kasaun "K-Force" Baptiste, Patricia "Pepper Pat" Mirris, Gemma "Gemma" Noel, Clement "General B" Chiverton, and Emanuel "Prince Emanuel" Henry.
Other Competitors were Ann "Lady Ann" Sorhaindo, Peter " King Paul" Polius, Joseph "Joey B" Brown, Lariel "The Teacher" Gerard, James "Monarch" Wakefield, and John "Cheech-Man" Warner.

Back Talk

Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name, and the city and state/country or island where you reside.

Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)
Advertising (skip)

Publisher's note : Like the St. Croix Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much — and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice… click here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.