Well, we're on the 'last lap' before Kadooment Day on August 6, so I'll be bringing a lot more Crop Over content this week. Every day I'll feature two of the finalists of the Pic O' de Crop Calypso Competition, which takes place this Friday, as well as other related news and features. Let's get started.
Congratulations to new Party Monarch Li'l Rick, who defeated 19 other soca artistes to capture the title for a fourth time yesterday.
In second place was Mr. Dale with Soca Junkie, and Khiomal placed third with Bashment Bacchanal. In fourth place was Blood with She Push He, while Tarah was in fifth place with I Ain't Looking.
Li'l Rick had entered the competition with his song Can't Wait in heavy rotation on the radio stations, and since he's known for being a 'big night' performer, I knew he would pull out all the stops to take home the trophy. I suspect he'll take the Road March and Peoples' Monarch titles as well.
My boy Mr. Dale shouldn't feel too badly though, 'cause only two and a half points separated him from Li'l Rick. Poor Barry Chandler. To move from being the reigning Party Monarch to not even placing. Cuhdear....
Feature: Pic o' de Crop Finalists
One of the two women in the Finals, newcomer Margaret "Enobong" Holder has been a member of the Experience Calypso Tent since 2006. The psalmist (singing prophet) has been in the music industry of the past five years, and is currently working on a CD project.
The songs she will be performing on Friday night are Gotta Get Back and Time for a Change.
Newcomer Rommel Hall joined the Experience Tent in 2004. He is also a co-founder of the performing arts company Jesus Army Productions. His songs for the Finals are Animal Farm and Apocolypso.
Photo of Li'l Rick: www.nationnews.com
Photos and info on finalists: www.experiencetent.com