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Heaven “Snakey” Charles rhetorically asked the question in the song, What You Need again Trinbago?—at the final of the Diamond Jubilee Independence Calypso Monarch, 60 years of Independence, and earned the monarch title.
The competition organised by Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation and the Government of T&T was held at the Grand Stand of the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday and left the entertainer $200,000 richer.
Karene Asche performs her calypso, Forever Diamond.
Patrons breathed a sigh of relief followed by an uproar for Charles’ victory. With tears in his eyes as the results was announced; Charles who performed in the ninth position was hoisted in the air by his fans and supporters.
Bethany “Trinity” Lightbourne performs Trinbago We Believe.
Charles said he penned the song himself and placed much emphasis on the love for the people and country.
He said he had been singing professionally for the past 26 years and was never lucky until now.
Victoria “Queen Victoria” Cooper-Rahim and dancers sing Hold On Gyal.
The Carapichaima man said his first order is to rebuild a family home that was destroyed by fire in January.
He declared: “I wish my mother was here today to see this. My winning today is an expression of God and how real God is. In the inception, I kneel and I ask God to help me to write a song that the people would love; and that the lyrics and melody would be on point.
Aaron Duncan placed second with Luv Meh Country Bad.
“Because our house has been gutted by fire in January and mom passed away.
“I wanted to make a meaningful contribution to purchasing materials because most of the family members are builders and money is few. This is the first thing I would do, that was my main motivation behind entering.”
Terri Lyons performs Calypso.
Considered a dark horse in the race, Charles’ grand opening portrayed his arrival on a river boat, clad in a white sailor’s outfit with gold trimmings and supported by backup dancers.
From the beginning of his set, Charles was a hit with the audience and ushers tried feverishly to contain his friends and family from blocking guests.
MC John Benoit said the competition’s points scheme was designed to allow each calypsonian to earn 40 points for lyrics, 30 for music, ten for presentation, and, 20 for originality, a total of 100 points.
Morel “King Luta” Peters sings his calypso, Celebrate With Pride.
Charles said: “This is the biggest thing I ever win. I won Party-Time in 1996 with Cupid. I am accustomed to the different end of the stick. I am accustomed to advisory and pain and things not going 100 per cent my way. So I leave everything in God’s hands and I ask God to take charge; God did. This is a true testament of God working.
“Next, I would be continuing to write, to bring music, and try not to be away from the light because I would be bringing real messages and music under the umbrella of Almighty God.”
Roderick “Chucky” Gordon captured the title in the last competition in 2012 with the song Bear with Me.
Brian London performs his calypso A Small Price to Pay.
The final results saw Aaron Duncan and Karene Asche in second and their places respectively.
Benoit also announced that part sponsor bmobile would provide the top three winners with free service for one year.