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The Calypso Monarch competition is one of the most prestigious and anticipated events of the Trinidad and Tobago carnival season. It showcases the best of the art form, as calypsonians vie for the coveted crown and a chance to make history.

 

This year, 10 finalists have emerged from the Calypso Fiesta, held at  Skinner Park, San Fernando on Saturday, February 3rd, 2024. 

 

The 10 selected from the Calypso Fiesta will attempt to dethrone the reigning monarch, Duane Ta'zyah O’Connor who will sing a composition titled, "Focus". The reserve Calypsonian is Victoria Cooper-Rahim. The Dimanche Gras Finalists are as follows:

Name of Calypsonian
  1. Aaron Duncan
  2. Bran London
  3. Helon Francis
  4. Karene Asche
  5. Kurt Allen
  6. Machel Montano
  7. Mical Teja
  8. Roderick Gordon
  9. Stacey Sobers
  10. Winston Peters
Sobriquet
  1. Aaron Duncan
  2. Brian London
  3. Helon Francis
  4. Calypso Princess
  5. Last Bardjohn
  6. Monk
  7. Mical Teja
  8. Chucky
  9. Stacey Sobers
  10. Gypsy
Name of Song
  1. Characters
  2. Hell
  3. Representing We
  4. No Excuse
  5. First Investigation
  6. Soul of Calypso 
  7. DNA
  8. Charlsie
  9. Respect the Tribe
  10. Ungrateful

Reserve Calypsonian: Victoria Cooper-Rahim aka Queen Victoria - The Enemy 

 
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National Calypso Monarch Competition
Origin: Trinidad and Tobago
Genre: Calypso 
 
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Machel Montano, the King of Soca, graced the stage at Calypso Fiesta 2024 with an electrifying and spirited performance. As the crowd gathered under the Caribbean sun, Montano’s presence radiated energy and anticipation. Machel's years of experience headling major Soca shows shone brightly as he took command of the stage. His performance and comfort level surpassed the expectations of those who came to witness the event. He was in command and he should be in the finals. 
 
With a nod to tradition and innovation, Montano seamlessly blended the worlds of Calypso and Soca. His performance was a testament to his musical prowess and the evolution of Caribbean rhythms. As the first notes resonated through the air, he reminded everyone why he still wears the crown as the premiere draw for Soca and soon Calypso music.
 
“Soul of Calypso," his latest creation, served as the centerpiece. The song paid homage to the roots of Soca, weaving in the heartbeat of Calypso. Montano’s vocals soared, capturing the essence of both genres. And then, like a magician revealing a hidden card, he introduced the unmistakable Soca beat. The crowd erupted, dancing and singing along, swept up in the magic of the moment.
 
Montano’s performance was more than entertainment; it was a declaration. He stood there, commanding the stage, and with each beat, he reaffirmed his title as the King of Soca. The fusion of old and new, tradition and innovation, left an indelible mark on the audience—a reminder that the spirit of Calypso lives on, carried forward by the one and only Machel Montano.
 
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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Calypso Fiesta 2024 ( Calypso Semi-Finals)
Song: Soul of Calypso
Contestant #27
Artist/Performed by: Machel Montano
Origin: Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad
Genre: Calypso
 
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The Calypso Fiesta in Trinidad is a vibrant celebration of music, culture, and creativity. On Saturday, Feb 3rd. the stage at Skinner Park, San Fernando, "Reignite Calypso Music" will come alive with the rhythmic beats and soulful lyrics of talented calypsonians.
 

I hope you are as excited as I am to enjoy this spectacular show of talent, creativity, and a display of various calypso styles, including dance calypso and social and political commentaries. Calypso Fiesta is more than just a competition; it is a celebration of our culture and history.

 

At the end of the event, the top performers will secure a spot in the National Calypso Monarch final on Dimanche Gras night, February 11. Former winners like Chuck Gordon, Karene Asche, and Terri Lyons, as well as Soca music icon Machel Montano and current Young King Mical Teja, will vie for a place in the finals where Duane Ta'zyah O’Connor will defend the crown he won last year. Let the melodies sway, the lyrics resonate, and the spirit of calypso thrive!

 

We have audio via Talkcity Radio 91.1FM and recorded Video performances posted below: Enjoy and share this post with your peers!

 

The Calypso Fiesta will start at 2:00 pm at Skinner Park, San Fernando, and last until 10 p.m. or later/until finished. The order of appearances is as follows:

 

  1. Karen Asche (The Calypso Princess) - No Excuse
  2. Hammond Bruce (Slick) - Trinidad Is Not a Real Place
  3. Richard Raj-Kumar (Chromatics) - 2 Party
  4. Mical Williams (Mical Teja) - DNA
  5. Terri Lyons - Play Panman
  6. Roderick Gordon (Chuck Gordon) - Charlsie
  7. Myron Bruce (Calypso Nite) - Gunsmoke in the Dancehall
  8. Romel Lezama (Papamel) - Real Talk
  9. Caston Cupid - Straight From The Heart
  10. Phillip Murray (Black Sage) - Stone
  11. Garth St Clair - The Anthem
  12. Giselle Fraser Washington (GG) - We Going Fighting
  13. Ezekiel Yorke - No Greater Gift
  14. Stephen Marcelle - Country of Survival
  15. Alana Sinnette-Khan - Lady Watchman - Shopping In Miami
  16. Mark Eastman Generation
  17. Crystal Charles - The Legal Diva - Standing My Ground
  18. Kurt Alleyne - Last Bardjohn of Calypso - The First Investigation
  19. Eric James - Is D People
  20. Nakasa Thatcher-Roberts - Find Ah Station
  21. Rivaldo London - Here In T&T
  22. Nicole Thomas - The Truth Is
  23. Aaron Duncan - Characters
  24. Aaron Sinnette - Tick Tock
  25. Sean Singh - (Ifa) - Jack and Jill
  26. Winston Gypsy Peters (Gypsy) - Ungrateful
  27. Machel Montano - Soul of Calypso
  28. Shamika Denoon - All We Saltfish
  29. Stacey Sobers-Abraham (Stacey Sobers) -Respect the Tribe
  30. Victoria Cooper-Rahim (Queen Victoria) - The Enemy
  31. Keith Wason (Def Prince) - Identity Crisis
  32. Wendy Garrick - Keep Yuh Head Up
  33. Heaven Charles (Snakey) - Wake Up Calypso
  34. Brian London - Hell
  35. Michelle Henry - When The Fighting STart
  36. Naomi Sinnette - Dem Advisors
  37. Kerine Williams-Figaro (Tiny) - Through These Eyes
  38. Alex Gift (Tobago Chalkie) - The Feud
  39. Helon Francis - Representing We
  40. Selvon Noel (Mistah Shak) - De Return

 

What would the competition be without someone sitting on the bench waiting to be called? In the Calypso tent, this position of waiting to be called is called "scrubbing the bench". Tomorrow's reserve:
Arnold Jordan (Jaw'D) - The Message
 
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Listen Live via TalkCity Radio then catch the video performance below. The Calypso Fiesta 2024 Performances are compliments of "KULTURE Video/YouTube". Refresh your screen to update additional performances. 

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If you love steelpan music, you won’t want to miss the National Panorama semi-finals Savannah party in Trinidad on Sunday, January 28, 2024. This event showcases the best of the best in the medium and large conventional steel band categories as they compete for a place in the National Panorama Finals 2024.

 

The Savannah Party is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of the rich culture and history of Trinidad and Tobago. You can expect to hear a variety of songs, from classics like Kitchener’s Pan in A Minor and Super Blue’s Soca Baptist to modern hits like Olatunji’s Inventor and Mical Teja’s DNA. You can also enjoy the festive atmosphere, the colorful costumes, and the delicious food and drinks.

 

The event starts at 12:00 noon (or later/always a delay) at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, and tickets are available online or at the venue. The event is also available via PPV on WACK Radio/TV for US$30. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of steelpan music at the National Panorama finals Savannah party in Trinidad. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that you’ll never forget! We added the Talkcity Radio 90.1 FM Live Feed for your listening enjoyment.

National Panorama Semi-Finals: Medium Conventional Bands: Order of Appearance. Name of Band - Song - Arranger.

 

  1. Steel Xplosion - Both O Dem - Arddin Herbert
  2. Arima Angel Harps - Is Thunder - Khan Cordice
  3. Katzenjammers - Rock It - Kersh Ramsey
  4. Sangre Cordetes - Soca Baptist - Clarence Morris
  5. Couva Joylanders - Soca Tatie - Stefon West
  6. Pamberi - Carnival Jumbie - Andre White
  7. Pan Elders - Come Out To Play - Ojay Richards
  8. Dixieland - This Melody Sweet - Dante Pantin
  9. Valley Harps - Flag Party - Keisha Codrington
  10. Tunapuna Tipica - Rant & Rave - Denzel Headley & Aviel Scanterbury
  11. La Brea Nightingales - Nah Leaving - Adan Hagley
  12. Sound Specialists of Laventille - Moving - Seion Gomez
  13. Curepe Scherzando - Darling - Terrance "BJ" Marcelle
  14. Tornadoes - Engine Room - Shervon Edwards

 

National Panorama Semi-Finals: Large Conventional Bands: Order of Appearance. Name of Band - Song.

 

  1. Harmonites - Jahaji Bhai 
  2. RBC Redemption Sound Setters - DNA
  3. Heritage Petroleum Skiffle - Inventor
  4. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps - DNA
  5. Shell Invaders - Free Up 
  6. Republic Bank Exodus - Long Time
  7. Siparia Deltones - Nah Leaving
  8. HADCO Phase II Pan Groove - Gimme Everything
  9. Massy Trinidad All Stars - Inventor 
  10. Nutiren Silver Stars - Inventor
  11. NLCB Buccaneers - Fire Coming Down 
  12. BP Renegades - DNA 
  13. NLCB Fonclaire - This Party Is It 
  14. First Citizens Supernovas Steel Orchestra - Wet Me Down
  15. Proman Starlift - Pan In A Minor 
  16. Desperadoes - DNA
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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Event: National Panorama Semis Medium and Large Bands 2024
Origin: Port of Spain, Trinidad, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Genre: Steelband
 
Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We don't own the rights to this music; it is presented here for promotional use only. We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't download and share them and rob the artists of needed income! I, nor this blog, make any claims of ownership over any of the videos, songs, photos, or graphics used for this post because they all belong to their respective owners.
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Top: Songs Played by Medium Category Steelbands. Bottom: Songs Played by Large Category Steelbands
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