First-timer crowned 2018 Calypso Monarch

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, February 17, 2018

This year’s Calypso final saw first-timer Onicka Joseph being crowned as the new Monarch of Guyana. Joseph emerged the winner from a group of ten. Her “Woman is Boss” piece was an instant hit with the National Park audience who sang along with the tune that spoke to the strength of women in Guyana.

Onicka Joseph, 2018 Calypso Monarch.

The young calypsonian who hails from Linden just outshone a former monarch King Perai, who came in second. Peria’s “Deh frighten the Green” which examined the country’s response to the government’s Green Strategy, was also well received by the audience.

Last year’s Monarch Diana Chapman’s “Something is Coming: saw her placing third. Her piece focused on the promising prospects of an oil-producing Guyana. Former junior Calypso monarch, T’Shana Cort place fourth with her “Secrets”, which shone a spotlight on the country’s hidden social problems.

Others not placing in the top four were reigning Junior Monarch, Jovinski with “Calypso”, Mighty Believer with “Doctor of Doom, Abigail James with “No Ole Time Calypso, Young Bill Rogers “Ah Grading Dem Bandits”, Clifton Adolphus with “Blaming Thing, Dawn Edwards with “I Have a Dream” and Garfield Campbell with “Guyana Me Love”.

The Government of Guyana/Banks DIH sponsored event which spanned several weeks saw the contestants travelling to perform before crowds in various parts of the country including Bartica in Region Seven and for the first time Lethem in Region Nine.

King Perai, second runner-up.

Onicka Joseph, 2018 Calypso Monarch.

 

Diana Chapman, second runner-up.

 

T’Shana Cort who placed fourth.

 

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