Calypso artists told to “sink or swim” at tonight’s semifinals

2017 Calypso Monarch King Zacari

The Wadadli Beer Calypso Monarch Competition semifinals is tonight and calypso committee chairman Dion Simmons says that the artists will, “either sink or swim.”

“If they don’t move on to the next round, they will have no one to blame but themselves. What you put in is what you get out. Those who put in the hard work and the time will see good results.”

The competition begins promptly at 7 pm this evening and Simmons said that everything is in place for the artists to wow the judges and the crowd at the Barrymore Hotel (Tent City).

“Rehearsals have been going well. The artists had their final run on Thursday afternoon and everything is in order from the committee’s end of things.”

Nine finalists will be chosen from 20 artists this evening to try to dethrone the reigning King Zacari on Friday, 3 August in Carnival City (ARG).

Tonight’s running order will be as follows:

Round one:

  1. Willie Wawa (This Lil country)
  2. Queen Althea (Criminals in Suits)
  3. King Pan Man (Calypso Man)
  4. King Singing Sudden (One Nation)
  5. Omari (The Dark Place)
  6. De Arc (We not Like That)
  7. Sage (Calypso Cry)
  8. King Kaseba (Ungrateful Good)
  9. Queen Gee Bee (Human Needs)
  10. Black Mahdi (I feel Shame for Calypso)
  11. King Creole (Leader)
  12. King Fiah (Labour win Again)
  13. Stumpy (Ways of a King)
  14. Young Destroyer (Royal Wedding)
  15. Douglas (Selfishness)
  16. Destroyer Sr. (Chinese Pan Man)
  17. King Bear (Black on Black)
  18. Queen Thalia (Ah cry for Calypso)
  19. Zocio (Who!)
  20. Faithful (Rhythm Man)

There will be a 20 minute band intermission followed by round two of the competition.

Round two:

  1. Queen Gee Bee (Queen Bee)
  2. Sage (Teachers don’t Quit)
  3. Omari (Clean Slate)
  4. King Fiah (In your Face)
  5. De Arc (Caribbean Strong)
  6. King Creole (Come Gyal)
  7. King Kaseba (Party Atmosphere)
  8. Willie Wawa (Ah wanna Rock with You)
  9. King Bear (Tek it back)
  10. Destroyer Sr. (Tongue man)
  11. Zocio (Last year for Calypso)
  12. Young Destroyer (Boycott)
  13. Stumpy (Nobody’s Negro)
  14. Faithful (Opposition must Rule)
  15. Black Mahdi (Fire in de Pan Yard)
  16. King Pan Man (Jouvert!)
  17. King Singing Sudden (Daddy Sissa)
  18. Queen Thalia (Steel Pan War)
  19. Douglas (Soccer Boss)
  20. Queen Althea (Yet still I Rise)

Each artist will receive $1,500 for tonight’s semifinal performance.

The entrance cost for the semifinals is $20.

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