Reigning Calypso Monarch Queen Thalia will be joining other regional Calypsonians in Anguilla today, to defend Antigua and Barbuda’s title as the Leeward Island Calypso Monarch champion.
Chairman of the Calypso Monarch Committee Deon Simmons in an interview this morning noted that Antigua and Barbuda will this year have two representatives at the competition as Keithroy “De Bear” Morson will be joining Queen Thalia, to defend his title as the reigning Leeward Island Calypso Monarch competitor.
He said he hopes that both competitors cop top positions.
“We’re hoping that both of them secure top positions, at least positions 1 and 2”.
Queen Thalia recaptured the title for the second time in her career on Sunday after performing My Guarantee and This Tenna Pan in the 1st and 2nd rounds respectively.
Commenting on her win, she said based on the results coming out of the semi-finals; she was not surprised at the outcome.
She further commended her fellow calypsonians for maintaining a high standard throughout the entire competition.
“I really must commend the other calypsonians for a job well done. I believe they gave a great show with good material. They’re performance gave great vibe. Congratulations to De bear and Stumpy for their accomplishment and all the other calypsonians for making it into the finals. we must continue to try to keep the standard where it should be”, she said.
When asked about what the future holds for the female Reigning Calypso Monarch she said that in the future, her aim is to greater uplift the art of Calypso music.
I’m looking to a lot more collaborations with different artist to try to switch up my aim a bit. I don’t intent to stop so I see myself trying to uplift the art form”, she noted.
Queen Thalia received 30 thousand dollars after being crowned the monarch. Joining her in the winner’s circle was 1st runner up Stumpy who received 24 thousand while De Bear won the 2nd runner up position receiving 21 thousand dollars.
The other artists received an appearance fee of 7 thousand eight hundred dollars.
A range of additional awards were distributed to other artists who won different segments.