Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 13th 2018 Contents DEREK ACHONG
Youth triumphed over experience at the
Calypso Monarch competition on Sunday
night as 24-year-old relative newcomer
Helon Francis beat out a host of veteran ca-
lypsonians to claim his first crown.
Francis beat six former monarchs and
Soca Monarch champ Aaron “Voice”
St Louis by nine points as he
earned the $700,000 first prize
in front of a modest audi-
ence of the Dimanche Gras
show at the Grand Stand at
Queen’s Park Savannah.
Francis is no stranger to the “Big Yard” as
he placed second to his cousin Devon Seale
in 2016 when he coped the Young King title
with The Real Bandits.
Francis, who performed his nation-build-
ing composition, Change, in position 14,
was left speechless as the results were an-
nounced shortly after 1 am.
“It is wonderful,” an emotional Francis
said as he was embraced by his mother,
relatives and his production team.
He said he was happy to join a group of
calypsonians who moved on from their suc-
cess in the Young Kings competition with a
Calypso Monarch title.
“I am a person who appreciates the his-
tory and I am just happy to be part of those
history books,” Francis said moments after
becoming one of the youngest calypsonians
to ever cop the prize.
He said the inspiration
for the song came from his
mission to encourage citizens to
improve T&T through their own
“If we want a better na-
tion it starts with us.
We are the first thing
that has change. We
always aim at the lead-
ers and put them down
when we don’t get what
we want but it starts from
here,” he said.
Fresh off his win at Friday’s
Soca Monarch competition, his
third consecutive title, St Louis
was a clear favourite as sec-
tions of the audience chanted
his name even before and after
he graced the stage.
St Louis thrilled with his high
energy performance of his crossover hit,
Year for Love, which featured well-chore-
ographed dance routine and a protracted
pyrotechnic display, which raised the
temperature at the venue.
St Louis seemed destined to become the
first person to secure the Soca and Calypso
Monarchs in the same year with the same
song, even before the second round of con-
testants had their turn.
A worthy contender arose late in the
show as Francis stepped on stage near to
Francis impressed as he coupled power-
ful and catchy lyrics with a melodic perfor-
mance expected of a veteran.
Beginning his performance with spoken
word introduction and him playing an
acoustic guitar, Francis clearly articulated
the positive message of his song.
“Change the change within our
country. Change the change so
the whole world could see...
Change the change within our
society otherwise, we have a
bandit factory. Things will
not change despite what we
do, if change doesn’t start
with you,” Francis sang as
he got a standing ovation
from the audience.
Speaking with report-
ers after the results, St
Louis, a debutante in
the competition, ex-
plained that he was
happy with the out-
come despite narrowly
missing out on a record.
“It was a blessing to
be here. I want to give
thanks to the people, the
supporters and my entire
team for putting on a pro-
duction that I didn’t even
expect,” St Louis said as
he stated that he would
consider returning to the
competition next year. St
Louis’ second prize was
The most shocking
performance on the night was from defend-
ing monarch and record nine-time winner
Dr Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool, who came
Liverpool’s composition Eulogy was a
tribute to former president George Maxwell
Richards, who died last month.
Also joining Liverpool in the bottom
half of 17 member ranking was former
monarchs Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osouna,
Sandra “Singing Sandra” Millington, Kurt
Allen and Karen Asche, whose joint
ninth place finish with Dexter “The
Stinger” Parsons was a shock to her
vocal fans in the audience, who ex-
pressed their opinion known while
the results were being announced.
Former monarch Duane O’Connor
shocked himself his seventh-place finish as
he was only granted permission to perform
an hour before the show after a High Court
judge upheld his lawsuit against the com-
petition’s organisers, the Trinbago Unified
Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO).
O’Connor, who appeared exhausted from
his legal battle with TUCO which began
after the Calypso Fiesta semi-finals last
weekend, likened his respectable finish to
his victory in 2012.
“I honestly thought they would drop me
somewhere between 15th and 17th. When I
heard them call out the results, it was like
when I won. I can not tell you how happy
I am,” O’Connor, whose son Duane Junior
won this year’s Junior Calypso Monarch
title and performed in the show.
Despite the poor turnout of fans, those in
attendance were treated to a cultural show-
case of traditional Carnival characters or-
ganised by the show’s producer Dr Rudolph
Ottley and special performances from vet-
eran calypsonian David Rudder and soca
artists Neil “Iwer” George, Olatunji Year-
wood and Shurwayne Winchester. The
show was rounded off with a performance
by Dil-E-Nadan, who performed a cataloge
of 2018 soca hits.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Young king Helon
More raids in
Another El Socorro resident was detained
by for questioning early yesterday morning
concerning the plot to disrupt Carnival and
several premises—including the Darul Uloom
Islamic school, in Cunupia—were searched be-
tween then and yesterday afternoon.
This was confirmed by security forces and
El Socorro residents yesterday. The search at
Darul Uloom began at mid-afternoon and was
still going on after 4 pm.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Wil-
liams said last weekend that eight people had
been detained relating to the terror plot.
In latest developments, T&T Guardian
learned that security forces conducted
searches at the Pundit Street, El Socorro
premises of a man in the early hours of yester-
day and took him away for questioning. The
man allegedly had books on Islamic, com-
merce and one about “Justification for Jihad.”
Police also searched another apartment
downstairs at the same address. It was the
home of another youth who had already been
detained in Tobago. Meanwhile the family
of detainee Tariq Mohammed yesterday sent
a letter to the acting CoP demanding the re-
lease of Mohammed.
His father Shamoon said, “Our lawyer sent
the letter seeking his immediate release since
72 hours have passed since he was detained
and he should not be held further.”
“If we don’t hear from them by phone
within a certain time and he’s not freed we’ll
move to serve a writ of habeas corpus Tues-
day seeking a decision by a judge in chambers
to have him freed.”
“We haven’t been told the basis for his de-
tention. The officer where he’s detained told
us he didn’t know what he’s being held for or
the status of the probe. The authorities’ pub-
lic statements haven’t been specific on why
he’s being held either.”
He said the family has been able to bring
clothes, food and water to Mohammed, but
couldn’t see him.
Relatives of other detainees felt the men
were being held throughout the full Carnival
Yesterday, police sources also said inves-
tigations were still continuing and work was
being done concerning information on the
plot to disrupt Carnival. They said more in-
formation will be forthcoming soon.
Rondell Donawa performs
his song entitled ‘De
Problem’ which earned him
third place in the Calypso
Monarch final at Queen’s Park
Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on
PLAY WHE: 10.30am: 27(LittleSnake) 1pm: 27(LittleSnake) 4pm:14(Money)6.30pm: 24(Queen) PICK2:10.30am: 23,23 1pm:32,17 4pm:16,11 6.30pm:20,5 PICK4:10.30am: 4,4,1,6 1pm:5,5,7,6 4pm: 5,8,3,5 6.30pm: 5,4,2,6 CASHPOT:9,14,17,18,20 M:2
National Security Minister Edmund Dillon
monitoring security reports from around T&T—
including on Carnival security—told T&T Guardian,
he endorsed Williams’ statements that the recent
exercise wasn’t meant to target or attack the
Muslim community or any others.
“We’re investigating criminal activity based on
intelligence and if that intelligence points in a
certain direction we have to investigate it. T&T’s
a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. We
respect all and one,” some of the increased police
vigilance employed over the Carnival will be
maintained year round.
Saying he’s pleased with what he’s seen so far
on Monday, he added it was being maintained
last night and will be today also. He’ll be walking
Carnival locations with acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams today.
Dillon added, “The strong presence is the
deterrent. But while we’re doing what ‘s necessary
for the success of the effort, it’s also up to the public
to enjoy themselves and celebrate peacefully. “
Aaron ‘Voice’ St Louis performs ‘Year for Love’
which earned him second place in the Calypso
Monarch final at Queen’s Park Savannah,
Port-of-Spain on Sunday night.
PICTURE ANISTO ALVES
1. Helon Francis - Change - 442
2. Aaron “Voice St Louis - Year For Love - 433
3. Rondell Donawa - De Problem - 427
4. Michael “Protector” Legerton - We Could Do
Better Than That - 421
5. Joanne Rowley - Rowley to Rowley - 419
6. Myron “Myron B” Bruce - The Great Nation - 419
7. Duane O’Connor - No Front Page - 415
8. Karen Asche - Song Of Inspiration - 409
9. Dexter “The Stinger” Parsons - Chinese Tuition
10. Kurt Allen - Circle Square Science - 408
11. Alana “Lady Watchman” Sinnette-Khan - Dead
Beat - 404
12. Selvon “Mistah Shak” Noel - Rebellion - 400
13. Stacey Sobers - Calypso Capital - 399
14. Sandra “Singing Sandra” Millington - Power In
Song - 397
15. Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osouna - Finally - 389
16. Carlos “Skatie” James - Ah Cutback - 387
17. Dr Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool - Eulogy - 385
Links Archive February 12th 2018 February 14th 2018 Navigation Previous Page Next Page