The 2018 Barbados Port Inc's Calypso Monarch Jackson Unplugged performing Dey Had to Go. (Picture by Reco Moore.)
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Over the next year, Jacque Jackson Unplugged Collis will reign supreme as the 2018 Barbados Port Inc.’s calypso monarch.
Delivering a solid and convincing performance of her social commentary Dey Had To Go to a large audience, she gained 98 points to cement her victory and beat out seven other contestants to claim the title, a trophy, a $3 000 cash prize, dinner for two, and tickets for the Pic-O-De-Crop finals. She also received a strand of pearls compliment Colombian Emerald’s for the highest ranking female contestant.
Jackson Unplugged dethroned last year’s monarch Roger Aleph Collymore who came third with 74 points and another former monarch Latoya Big Brown Eversley who came second with 92 points during the ninth edition of the show held last night in Shed Three at the Bridgetown Port.
The winning song, which was penned by Cultural Ambassador Gabby with input from her, reflected the outcome of the May 24 general elections, because the “DLP had we in misery”. In it, she cautioned the other contenders that because it was “a Port competition”, it did not mean it should not be taken seriously. Furthermore, she urged staff to face the fact that country was broke and everyone had to help improve it.
Big Brown’s love for Crop Over and party music was evident from the time she came on stage. A former monarch, she brought energy to her performance that placed in her major contention of the title. Not only did she sing well as she paid tribute to the national festival, but along with her two female dancers and stiltman, she brought Wuk Wuk Wine to life in the self-penned song which Gabby assisted her with. She received a $2 000 cash prize.
Aleph defended his crown like a champion. His Game Of Thrones was a clever play on the popular show. In it he declared that “all the fun done” and it was war on the other contestants some of whom called him the “la la man”. His major contention was that they “can’t win if they don’t write their own songs”. He received a $1 000 cash prize and a $200 voucher as well as a prize for the best self-penned song.
Olivia Olimike Carmichael (The Letter), Raphael Straw Hat Atkins (12), Waindy Nos H.D Taylor (The Blueprint), Sherry Ann Sugarlan Hewitt (Sugarland), and Kerry-Ann Hot N Spicy Dean (I Am Not Your Maid) were the other contestants. They all received consolation prizes.
The contestants all put up a valiant effort in their bid before judges Washbrook Bayne, (chief judge), Anthony Sargeant, Ronnie De Announcer Clarke, Cleve Scott and manager of the C.O. Williams House of Soca calypso tent, Sharon Carew-White.
Apart from the contest, the audience was treated to performances from the regional calypso queen Calypso Rose who at 78 years old, was full of energy. She turned the place into one big feting session singing No Minister, Give Me More Tempo, and Fire in Me Wire.
Also performing were the 13-18 year Scotiabank Junior Monarch Quon performed Why I Sing, Mighty Bit Bit, who placed second in the seven to 12 category sang his Please Give Bit Bit De Crown, Biggie Irie who sang Pankatang and Country, Adrian Clarke did Soca Me and Malik World Cup Cricket. Fashion Designer Ivonna Phillips also showcased a number of her pieces.
Roger Gittens who arranged the majority of the songs, led the backing band that included musicians David Weatherhead and Mark Husbands. Randy Harris and Aisha Butcher were the background vocalists for all the contestants except Jackson Unplugged whose vocalists were Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent’s Eleanor Rice-Watkins, Romancia Murray and Sophia Lovell.
Radio personality Admiral Nelson was the master of ceremonies. (GBM)