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Helon and N’Janela repeat as Couva calypso monarchs
History was created when Helon Francis and N’Janela Duncan-Regis successfully defended their crowns as Senior and Junior Monarchs, respectively, when the Couva Carnival Committee (CCC) held its Calypso Monarch Finals at Couva Cark Park on Friday night.
It was the first time in Couva Carnival a calypso monarch has defended the crown in either category, let alone in both. A release from the organisers said Francis sang his way to a second senior crown with his soulful calypso, Homeless Hero, which chronicled the plight of the steelband movement to find an elusive home for the pan.
Francis demonstrated great stage presentation as he also won the nod of the five-member panel of judges.
“This is a great moment. I was always confident in my song and I knew that I would have a good chance of retaining my crown if I delivered properly,” said an elated Francis, the only calypsonian to remain for the announcement of the results.
Duncan-Regis, who has been in winner’s row already for the season, repeated as monarch in the junior category with a outstanding performance of her patriotic I Am Trinbago. It was a family affair at the top of the ladder, as she beat her elder sister, Kerrisha Duncan-Regis, into second place.
Both monarchs received added money as Platinum Customs Brokerage, of Mc Bean, Couva, generously partnered with the CCC with the donation of $2,500 to be split between Francis and Duncan-Regis. Francis will get additional $1,500 bringing his prize to $7,500, while Duncan-Regis will receive $1,000 more, making her prize $5,000.
1 Helon Francis Homeless Hero
2 Georgia McIntyre Make the Right Choice
3 Meguella Simon Ole Time Days
4: Sherisse Collymore Man Evolution
5 Vernon Bereaux Partnership Horrors
6 Maria Ocho My Stand
7 Ezekiel York It is Character
8 Rosemarie Mitchell Message to the Badman
9 Terry Marcelle Lie For Lie
1 N’Janela Duncan-Regis I Am Trinbago
2 Jerrisha Duncan-Regis Calypso Says Thanks
3 Caryn McCarty 24 Hours Too Long and Aaron Duncan—Rewards of Discipline (Tie)
5 Aneka Collins Stand Up and Be Counted
6 Naomi Vialva Our Nation Bleeding
7 Jeremiah James Message to Mandela
8 Josiah James Emancipation