First Citizens and the Government Information Services Ltd (GISL) have renewed support for the second edition of the Corporate Calypso Monarch Competition, originally staged as the Corporate King of Kings, that takes place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, (NAPA), Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, on Sunday, from 6 pm. A production is of the Vintage Kaiso Brigade led by Andrew “Lord Superior” Marcano, and will feature 18 winners of the corporate sector calypso competitions held this year. They will compete for more than $100,000 in prize money.
“We are particularly grateful for the return of First Citizens which supported us in the inaugural competition last year, and welcome back, as well, GISL which will be carrying the programme live on Channel 4 on Sunday, and National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB),” said Superior.
Calypso competitions in the corporate sector during the Carnival season have taken firm root on the entertainment landscape, and continue to be a rich source of enjoyment for both competitors and audience members. Popularly referred to as “In-House Calypso Contests,” early producers of these eagerly looked forward to events include the T&T Guardian, Harvard Sports Club, Royal Bank, Petrotrin, TATIL, Queen’s Park Cricket Club, Republic Bank, WASA, and Carib Brewery, to name a few. The contests have spawned some of today’s popular bards, inclusive of David Bereaux, Hollis Wright, Dirty Curty, Ninja, Royal Benji, Doppy, and a few others.
Four of last year’s contestants will be returning to compete, having repeated their victories in their respective companies’ contests. In addition, a father and son, each representing a different corporate entity will be in the fray, along with two joint winners (females) from a State corporation. The youngest competitor this year is 18 years old. Inaugural winner Kevaughn Medine of National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) is expected to defend his title, although he did not win his company’s contest this year. Making guest appearances on the programme will be National Calypso Monarch Duane O’Connor and National Extempo Champion Leslie-Ann “Lady Africa” Bristow. Last year’s sponsors included the Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, First Citizens Bank, Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco), Government Information Services Ltd (GISL), Boom Champions 94.1 FM, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) and Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre.