Last Saturday, February 11 2012 a total of 18 females and 24 males competed for the 2012 Calypso King semi finals in Skinner Park, San Fernando. Many of their renditions focused on political and social issues.
The new People’s Partnership Government got a heavy tongue lashing for political maneuvers especially on the State of Emergency. On the social side, songs focused on the Afro Trinidadians, advising and ridiculing pointing out their weaknesses.
Winston Scarborough, “D Original De fosto Himself” and Edwin Ayoung, “Crazy” were the only two competitors to get the traditional “shit” awards when the crowd pelted them with toilet paper rolls. All the other contenders were warmly received.
Although the Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar, attended the show she understandably kept a low profile especially with the political mood of the crowd. The eleven finalists selected to appear at the Dimanche Gras Show on Carnival Sunday night are in no particular order, they are as follows:
1. Brian London
2. Damian Seales
3. Dexter “Stinger” Parsons
4. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool
5. Duane O’Connor
6. Heather McIntosh
7. Kurt Allen
8. Lesley Ann Ellis
9. Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osuna
10. Sandra “Singing Sandra” Des Vignes
11. Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins
They are all going after the reigning 2011 National CalypsoMonarch, Karen Asche who will be defending her title. Although, the Caribbean Blogger is not privy to the working of the calypso minds in T&T we are predicting that Karen will have a lot of trouble retaining her crown for another year.
Word on the street is that her victory last year was a fluke. She came in from no-where and cop the title from under the noses of some veteran Calypsonians and five previous crown winners like the Mighty Chalkdust and Kurt Allen.
Like everyone else we will all know on February 19, 2012, at the Dimanche Gras show.