Brother Ebony (Fitzroy Joseph) has dethroned The Incredible Myron B (Myron Bruce) as the National Humorous Calypso Monarch and taken home the top prize of $50,000. Third place was captured by Bunny B (Neville Brown), followed by Snakey (Heaven Charles) and Ninja (Kenson Neptune).
A large audience was in attendance for the staging of the 2015 Final at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Saturday night. The programme was opened at 8.15 pm by emcees Godfrey Pierre, Tommy Joseph and Damion Melville and they kept the audience entertained through proceedings as they introduced the evening's contestants.
The night's first guest artiste, Sheldon Nugget, sang his 12-year-old High on Calypso and The Specialist. In the latter song, Nugget established an appropriate mood for the evening as he related his plight with his wife who he described as a corn beef "specialist."
Nine contestants faced the judges in the first of two rounds of competition. Of the nine, just a few impressed with authentic humorous calypsoes. But, Brother Ebony, singing Sign Language in position six, drew sustained applause for his creatively composed song. The emcee had to remind patrons that encores we1re not given in competitions as they sustained their thunderous ovation.
The actual competition was opened by Mr Mike singing Adult Toy, a song which was cheered by patrons. He was followed by Kalypso Revue's Ninja, popularly known for his parang soca ditty Parang the Wrong House. Ninja rendered Level the Playing Field, a ditty which spoke to women who possessed male tendencies and mannerisms. Ninja demonstrated good diction, a quality maintained by the next singer, Kid Kalaloo of the Kaiso Karavan tent. His was a well articulated and deliberate delivery of Deafy Claire.
A perennial crowd-pleaser at Kaiso House, Bunny B evoked ripples of laughter through the audience when he performed Tame, Tame, Tame, his take on once boisterous politicians who had grown 'tame' in the PP administration. Bunny B dramatised his performance with several stuffed animals as his props. Defending monarch The Incredible Myron B sang Ebola Scare in position seven, also using several props. His song didn't have the same effect on patrons it enjoyed three months ago for Carnival. But, Myron B creditably enough in his performance, signalled that it would only take a knockout punch to unseat him as a two-time monarch in this genre of calypso.
Humorous calypso veteran Brown Boy, hailing from Kaiso House, sang Captain Rowley. And, Snakey, complete with three male dancers and an entire circus set, sang Cyar Rhyme. Too vigorous and animated in parts of his song, some of Snakey's lyrics were lost in haste.
The judges' panel, headed by TSTT CEO Everald Snaggs, included Peter Ray Blood, Lois Lewis, Eric Powder, Wendell Etienne, Norma Padmore Clarke and Felix Edinborough. Among the dignitaries attending the show was Arts & Multiculturalism Minister Dr Lincoln Douglas.
The show resumed at 10.35 pm and the second half, which ended at 11.50 pm, was an easier contest to judge as the finalists could sing any ditty they chose, their songs judged in just three categories � Rendition, Presentation and Crowd Response.
Brother Ebony again impressed in the second half with his rendition of My Wife. In this very funny calypso, Ebony sang of his dim-witted wife who, purchased two 4 1/2 sized shoes when she couldn't get a size nine and, unable to find the three daily newspapers to buy, bought three Guardians. But, despite her shortcomings, he still loved his wife.
In the second half, almost all the finalists elicited laughter with final contestant Snakey performing The Dhoti Song.
As the results were tabulated there were guest performances by Funny and Relator. Musical accompaniment was by Cummings & D'Wailers and also among the finalists were Brother Alpha, Kid Kalaloo, Brown Boy and Mr Mike.