Celebrating Independence with Calypso – Trinidad Guardian
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Heaven “Snakey” Charles posed the question rhetorically in the song, What You Need Again Trinbago? – at the Diamond Jubilee Independence Calypso Monarch finals, 60 years of independence, and won the title of monarch.
The contest organized by Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organization and the government of T&T was held at the Grand Stand in Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday and enriched the entertainer with $200,000.
Karene Asche performs her calypso, Forever Diamond.
Customers breathed a sigh of relief followed by an outcry for Charles’ victory. Tears in the eyes at the announcement of the results; Charles who came ninth was hoisted into the air by his fans and supporters.
Bethany “Trinity” Lightbourne performs Trinbago We Believe.
Charles said he wrote the song himself and emphasized love for people and country.
He said he had been singing professionally for 26 years and had never had a chance until now.
Victoria “Queen Victoria” Cooper-Rahim and the dancers sing Hold On Gyal.
The Carapichaima man said his first order was to rebuild a family home which was destroyed by fire in January.
He said: “I wish my mum was here today to see this. My victory today is an expression of God and the reality of God. At first, I kneel down and ask God to help me write a song that people would like; and that the lyrics and melody would be right.
Aaron Duncan placed second with Luv Meh Country Bad.
“Because our house was destroyed by fire in January and mum passed away.
“I wanted to make a significant contribution to the purchase of materials because most of the family members are builders and money is scarce. That’s the first thing I would do, that was my main motivation to come in.
Terri Lyons performs Calypso.
Considered a dark horse in the race, Charles’s grand opening depicts his arrival on a riverboat, dressed in white sailor’s attire with gold trimmings and supported by backup dancers.
From the start of his set, Charles was a hit with the audience, and the ushers feverishly tried to stop his friends and family from blocking the guests.
MC John Benoit said the competition’s point system was designed to allow each calypsonian to earn 40 points for lyrics, 30 for music, ten for presentation and, 20 for originality, a total of 100 points. .
Morel “King Luta” Peters sings his calypso, Celebrate With Pride.
Charles said: “It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever won. I won Party-Time in 1996 with Cupid. I’m used to the different end of the stick. I’m used to the advice and the pain and things are not 100% going my way. So I leave everything in God’s hands and ask God to take care of it; God did. This is a true testimony of the action of God.
“Then I would continue to write, bring music and try not to be far from the light because I would bring real messages and music under the guidance of Almighty God.”
Roderick “Chucky” Gordon won the title in the last competition in 2012 with the song Bear with Me.
Brian London performs his calypso A Small Price to Pay.
The final results saw Aaron Duncan and Karene Asche respectively second and their places.
Benoit also announced that part-sponsor bmobile will provide the top three winners with free service for one year.