Couva calypso monarchs score hat-tricks

18 Feb

History was created in double measure in Couva Carnival on Friday night when Helon Francis and N’Janella Duncan-Regis delivered command performances to be crowned Senior and Junior monarchs for the third straight year, registering unprecedented hat-tricks in the competition.

A music student at UTT, Francis, 21, had the large crowd at the Couva Carnival Centre (Couva Car-park), spellbound with his crafty composition, The Stalwart, which bemoaned the plight of “ole time” calypsonians and his characterisation as monarch in his calypso kingdom.

A release from the Couva Carnival Committee said Duncan-Regis, 11, a pupil of Eshe’s Learning Centre in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, retained her crown with a stirring and polished performance of I Sing Praises which extolled the achievements of iconic masters of the art form such as Sparrow, Kitchener, Calypso Rose, Pretender and the Mighty Duke.

“I knew it was going to be difficult to do the hat-trick but I was confident with the song. I felt it had all the elements to be a winner. The other contestants were all very good and it was a hard-fought victory,” said Francis, who wrote the lyrics and composed and arranged the tune himself.

As for Duncan-Regis, she said that she felt “like a boss” on the way to the competition venue. “I was just happy on my way to the competition and really felt like a boss. I even dreamt during the week that I was going to win again,” she said, on hearing the news on the way back home.

As double defending champions from 2013 and 2014, expectations were high as to whether either or both could pull off the elusive hat-trick which was never achieved before in Couva. “I am sure that these achievements are unprecedented in the calypso world, not only for Couva, but for all of T&T. It is so astounding that it may never happen again,” said Wilton “Flex” Griffith, executive member of the Couva Carnival Committee (CCC) and coordinator of the calypso competition.

Runner-up in the Couva Senior Monarch Competition was Terry ‘D Masso’ Marcelle, with Amrika Mutroo, third.

Jerod Griffith placed second in the Junior Monarch Competition, with Jerrisha Duncan-Regis, sister of the hat-trick champion, coming third.



Monarch: Helon Francis (The Stalwart) – 342 Points
2nd: Terry ‘D Masso’ Marcelle (Nobody Ent See) – 334
3rd: Amrika Mutroo (No Time For Dat) – 333
4th: Georgia McIntyre (The Voice) – 329
5th: Kadijah Jeremiah (D Ayes Have It) – 327
6th: Rosemarie ‘Young Rose’ Mitchell (Love Song For T&T) – 324
7th: Sharlan Bailey (Land of Demons) – 322
8th: Marion Pamponette (Dat Profession) – 321
9th: Alpha ‘Brother Alpha’ John (We Ent Hold Nobody) & Tamico ‘Spicy’ Moore (D Advice) – 318
11th: Khadja Antoine (Water Confusion) – 316
12th: Leslie ‘The Master’ Skeete (Let Me Be Me) – 314
13th: Melissa Williams (We Have To Turn Things Around) – 313
14th: Vernon ‘Big Fisherman’ Bereaux (Leadership)- 296

Monarch: N’Janella Duncan-Regis (I Sing Praises) – 345 points
2nd: Jerod Griffith (Childhood Mis-understood) – 337
3rd: Jerrisha Duncan-Regis (Where Are The Statistics?) – 331
4th: Aneka Collins (Fraid To Claim) – 325
5th: Melina Smith (Free Your Mind) – 321
6th: Desle Julien (D King) – 319
7th: Ferdinand ‘Ferdi’ Smith (Something About 16) – 318
8th: Reshawn Goodridge (The Orphan) – 312
9th: Josiah James (D Protestor) – 298.S​


Source: Trinidad & Tobago Guardian 

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