Seven women in Calypso Semi-finals
Seven women and seven former monarchs are among the 22 calypsonians selected from the Calypso Preliminaries to compete in the Calypso Semi-finals on Friday, June 30.
The women â Joanna Christopher, Lornette âFya Empressâ Nedd, Shaunelle Mc Kenzie, Cleopatra âCleopatraâ Hendrickson, Shena Collins, Cecile âLil Bitâ King, and Kristianna âSinging Kristyâ Christopher, along with Vivian âI Comeâ Miller, all emerge from the Upstage Calypso Tent and sufficiently impressed judges Marla Nanton, Earl Paynter, Roddy Dowers, Kemuel Beache and Daniel Hall, who sent them through to the next round.
The other members of Upstage to go through are Fitzroy âBro Ebonyâ Joseph, Brian âSprinterâ John and Shernelle âSkarpyanâ Williams.
Dennis Bowman is the lone pick from the Brooklyn, New York based Dynamites Calypso Tent, while Chewalee âChewaleeâ Johnson, Glenroy âSulleâ Caesar and Maxwell âTajoeâ Francis come from the Graduates Calypso Tent.
From the On Tour Tent, Kenneth âVibrating Scakesâ Alleyne, John âIâ Oliver, Grantley âIpaâ Constance, Elvis âAbby Jahâ Abby, Robert âPatchesâ King, Wendell âSpeeshieâ Goodrich and Glenford âAzarahâ Charles will go through to the next round.
Gosnel âGCâ Cupid and Joel âNavel Stringâ Bartholomew are the two reserves.
Of the 22, Lornette âFya Empressâ Nedd, Maxwell âTajoeâ Francis, Shernelle âSkarpyanâ Williams, Glenroy âSulleâ Caesar, Kenneth âVibrating Scakesâ Alleyne, Elvis âAbby Jahâ Abby and Grantley âIpaâ Constance are former calypso monarchs.
The semi-finals will take place on June 30 at the Victoria Park, commencing at 8 p.m. From that show, the finalists will be chosen to come up against reigning monarch Zamfir âMan Zangieâ Adams at Dimarche Gras on July 9. Adams will be going after his fourth successive crown.