Basseterre, St.Kitts – Nevis
People’s Action Movement
August 11, 2010
“Calypso in St.Kitts – Nevis is easily the standard for the region, particularly the leeward islands , as has been proven with the recent success of our Calypsonians at the recently held Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch competition,” said People’s Action Movement Leader Lindsay Grant. Grant continued , “Both Konris and Sacrotes continue to do our country proud in the calypso arena. I must also mention King Astro who also performed credibly representing Nevis. Calypso in St.Kitts-Nevis is in good hands with Sacrotes and the future of kaiso is bright in the hands of Konris”.
The event took placed in Anguilla and according commentators and calypso pundits alike at the event the show turned out to be an almost straight fight between Reigning St.Kitts Calypso Monarch King Sacrotes and defending Leeward Islands monarch King Konris.
Konris and Sacrotes tied for first place in the first round with 398 points Socrates gave a splendidly energetic performance of his classic piece, the ‘The Real Health Scare’. While Konris performed “˜Mommy and Daddy. In the second round Konris pulled ahead as he gave a very good performance of one of his past hits ‘ Sleeping Tiger!’ With an explosive performance, the King interjected lines on almost all the calypsonians who took part in the show, even Anguilla’s just dethroned Repeater, who Konris said, could not live up to his name. The performance undoubtedly moved the crowd and he topped it off with a last verse with touched on an incident that took place that very night less than an hour before.
The show climaxed with Konris taking the crown for an unprecedented 2nd straight year while Anguilla’s Vinnie took 1st runner up. Scoring 783 points Vinnie gave two dynamic performances with ‘A Caribbean Unity’ and ‘Freedom’.
St. Kitts’ Calypso Monarch King Socrates with 739 points captured the second-runner up spot. The charismatic Socrates, decked out in bright yellow pants and a blazing red jacket, sang a new composition ‘No reason at all’, a scathing indictment of domestic abusers.
This was Konris’ 2nd straight Leewards title adding to an already impressive list of titles including the St.Kitts Carnival National Monarch title 4 straight times, 2 St.Kitts Soca Monarch titles and 2 Junior National Calypso Monarch titles.
King Sacrotes legendary career has included 2 Leeward Islands Monarch titles, 5 National Monarch Titles, 1 King of Kings Title, 3 times Federation Monarch , 3 National Witty Monarch Title, 2 Buy-Local Titles, 1 Newtown Fest Monarch Title . He also finished 2nd runner-up in the Caribbean 50 and over Calypso Competition beating the likes of Gabby from Barbados and Swallow from Antigua.
The participants were Kandie from Montserrat , Kanfu from the USVI, Astro out of Nevis, Plentae from French St. Martin , Dutch St. Maarten’s Baker Junior and Luther B from the BVI.