Eighteen calypsonians battled Saturday night for the opportunity to become one of nine finalist to compete against the reigning Calypso Queen, Caribbean Queen for the 2017 Calypso Monarch title.
The elimination, which kicked off St. Thomas Carnival for 2017, was held in two rounds at the Stoli-Budweiser Calypso Elimination Tent, at the Crown Bay Center. King Kan-Fo-Plenty, Broc-Le, Yellowman, Singing Jackie, Bakka, General Val, Mighty Pat and X-Man competed in round one. Super T, John Gotty, De Arc, Sarrow, Nikki Smith, Incredible Shark, The Bloop, King Generic, Iroy and Chaplet competed in round two. The calypsonians delivered songs ranging from comical to uplifting to political commentary to a delighted crowd.
At the end of the competition, the finalists selected to compete for the Carnival 2017 Calypso Monarch title against Caribbean Queen are (in no specific order): King Kan-Fo-Plenty, Broc-Le, Yellowman, General Val, Mighty Pat, Super T, John Gotty, Nikki Smith and The Bloop. The V.I. Calypso Competition will be held on Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. in the Lionel Roberts Stadium.
West Indies Company, distributors of Stoli Vodka and Budweiser and the Crown Bay Center helped sponsor the competition.
For additional Carnival 2017 information, visit the V.I. Carnival Committee website at (www.vicarnival.com).