Rogers comes out on top at Calypso Finals

PHILIPSBURG–The anticipation of who would be the island’s Calypso Monarch was unbearable for some who waited about an hour on Thursday evening for judges to name a new monarch for this year. Ruminni “Protege” Rogers was ecstatic and became the Calypso Monarch again.

The NAGICO Senior Calypso finals saw nine calypso stars going up against last year’s winner Fish the Mega Boss. The new monarch won his crown in a year that saw all of the “big dogs” of calypso competing. King Beau Beau placed second and Kaiso Brat came in third.

The event took place at the Carnival Village and was well attended. The show hosted by St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) was stretched to coincide with Jouvert Jump-Up on Friday morning.

Rogers in his first round sang the song “Countdown,” which was the song that got him past the eliminations last week. In the second round, he sang another new song called “Country above self” and was well-received by the audience.

   The singers had no limits as they touched all aspects of social commentary with their take on the island’s political situation. Hurricane Irma was mentioned in almost every song performed and the attendees loved every moment of the performances.

Other performers included Kaiso Brat, King Beau Beau, Mighty Dow, Baker Jr, Repeater, Ebony Empress, Genius, The Wizard and Fish the Mega Boss.

Show corporate sponsor NAGICO was on hand to congratulate the top three and presented them with their prizes.

There were some patrons who were not satisfied with the placement, but SCDF said it stands behind the final results of the capable judges.

Source: The Daily Herald