September 28, 2020

Roderick “Chuckey” Gordon takes home Trinidad calypso monarch title


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images-Entertainment-Gordon_215931093_670638912Gordon overcame a strong field of 12 that included three former monarchs, to lift the title with his political rendition “Wey You Think” and the social commentary “Wedding of De Century”.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Roderick “Chuckey” Gordon won the one million dollar (One dollar = US$0.16 cents) prize in the Calypso Monarch crown earlier this year in a competition that likely signal the end of an impressive career by a longstanding veteran and former multiple winner.

Gordon overcame a strong field of 12 that included three former monarchs, to lift the title with his political rendition “Wey You Think” and the social commentary “Wedding of De Century”.

The results may have also signaled the end of an illustrious career for Dr. Hollis Liverpool, who was seeking to win his ninth crown, but had to settle for fourth place with his tunes “Ah Miss De Bards” and “De Guest List”.

Former monarch Winston Rawlins (Cro Cro) placed eighth while defending monarch Eric Taylor (Pibnk Panther) placed one spot from the last place that went to Roger “Bodyguard” Mohammed, whose song “False Papers” had generated much controversy leading up to the competition.

Former monarch Kurt Allen, who has described himself as the “last badjohn of Calypso” placed second with his tunes “Sweet Sizzling Summer” and “The Lost Psalm Of King David” while crowd favourite Selvon “Mistah Shak” Noel took the third prize with his political commentary “Bois” and “Crime Round De Clock”.

Allen and Noel received prizes totaling TT$500,000 and TT$250,000 respectively.

The Carnival activities continue on Monday with the parade of bands amid a decision by four of the top bands not to parade before the judges at the Queen Park Savannah, but would instead take to the “Socadrome” at the Jean Pierre Complex on the outskirts of the capital.

But residents of the area have complained about the new route and Danielle Hunte, Socadrome media relations officer, said a meeting had been held with the residents to deal with their concerns.

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Trinidad’s million-dollar man Machel Montano retains crown

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The International Soca Monarch competition, dubbed “Fantastic Friday,” saw participants from Barbados, and .

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Machel Montano walked away with the two million dollar (one TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) first prize in the International Soca Monarch competition on Saturday as Carnival celebrations continue in Trinidad and Tobago.

Montano, who last year shared the multi-million dollar prize with “Super Blue” Austin Lyons, overcame stiff competition from the Grenadian artiste, Hollice “Mr [email protected]” Mapp whose popular tune “Rolly Polly” was good enough for a three-way tie in second position.

Mapp tied with the Trinidadian artistes Destra Garcia and Newil Iwer George who sang “Mash UP” and “Mama Oye” respectively.

In the Groovy section of the competition, Kerwin Du Bois swept aside Montano, the defending champion, into second position with his tune “Too Real,” while Montano sang “Happiest Man Alive”.

Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry placed third with his tune “Big People Party” while Garcia took the fourth position with her tune “First Time”.

The International Soca Monarch competition dubbed “Fantastic Friday”, saw participants from Barbados, Grenada and as far as Japan.

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