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A hat-trick for Myron B
The Incredible Myron B (Myron Bruce) completed a hat-trick of wins in the TUCO National Humour Monarch Competition by retaining his title at the final of the 2014 contest staged at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on Saturday night.
The performance by the defending champion of his two selections – One More Sip and Take Carla Back – was clearly a cut above the other eight finalists, encouraging the full house of patrons to cheer wildly at the levels of creativity and presentation displayed in the witty compositions.
One More Sip, one of the songs that earned him the first runner-up position in this year’s National Calypso Monarch Competition, included a new, rib-tickling verse that made a comment on the firing of the minister of the people and social development, while his 2008 composition Take Carla Back, set to the music of Shurwayne Winchester’s Don’t Stop, earned even more chuckles.
For his effort he took home the $25,000 prize. In 2012 Myron B captured the National Humour Monarch title with Baby Roll Over, and retained it in 2013 with Boy of Wood.
Placing second was the lone female competitor Lady Aeisha (Elizabeth George) doing Size 12 And Up and Rape. Winner of the semi-final round Kid Kalaloo (Julien Hunte) placed third with Change Of Address and Brigo’s (Samuel Abraham) Voodoo Man, and fourth place went to Dr Rhythm (Shawn Mc Intyre) for his choices My Son and Black Prince’s (Kenroy Smith) My Desire.
Other finalists and their selections were as follows:
Ninja (Kenson Neptune) – What To Write and Never Me Again
Anton Roberts – Diana and No Drawers
Caston Cupid – Recipes Of The Past and Stickman
Juiceman (Dick Lochan) – Frighten To Get Old and Suspicious Lover
Fitzy (Fritz Taylor) – Wha Dey Take Me For and Fresh Water Yankee.
The adjudication panel comprised Joanne Archie, Omari Ashby, Helen Forbes-Huggins, Edward Pinheiro, Philo Neptune, Phillip Allard, Debra Boucaud-Mason, Lennox Toussaint, and Errol Fabien (chief judge).
Making guest appearances on the programme were Young Creole (Wilfred Barker), Candace Robinson, Singing Sandra (Sandra DesVignes-Millington) and Farmer Nappy (Darryl Henry). Musical accompaniment was provided by Len Cummings and the Wailers. Show hosts were Damion Melville and Tommy Joseph.
According to TUCO, “the event is produced to showcase this important genre of humorous calypso within a separate and distinct setting, so it can be given the focus and attention it deserves.”