by Latoya Burnham
It was a night of fun, camaraderie and friendly support when the Barbados Port Inc. held it’s annual Calypso Competition in the Air/Sea Transfer Tent of the Cruise Terminal on Friday.
And at the end of it all, a new queen was crowned in Latoya Big Brown Eversley, who defeated a field of nine, including last year’s winner Jacque Jackson Unplugged Collins, who came third this time around.
The packed auditorium like set-up exploded with screams when Big Brown was declared the winner, but from the time second placed Richmond De Disciple Reid was called he was already hugging and congratulating the new monarch on her win in the entertaining competition.
Big Brown with a self-penned soca tune titled My Time of the Year, was composed and in full voice, as she even executed a perfectly timed wardrobe change on stage into a carnival-themed outfit. She even had a posse of placard and rag-waving colleagues and family members as her dance section during her presentation.
De Disciple came second with a song called Set A Good Example, while Jackson Unplugged’s tune for this year was Bad Decisions. Raphael Straw Hat Atkins came fourth with Port Happenings, while consolation prizes were presented to participants Tamisha Tammy B Clarke — My Name Is HIV; Kerryanne Hot’N Spicy Deane — Sing Something; Kelly Lady K Springer — I Dare You; Clesia Soca C Oxley – He Aint No Man, He’s Is A Mouse, and Clyde Zappata Springer — The President.
Other prizes included: Crowd Response — Soca C; Best Self-Penned Song — Big Brown.
Screams and cheers of support echoed across the Port on Friday night, as visitors and workers alike mixed and mingled and showed support for their favourite contestant from a number of divisions and work areas.
And if the support for the workers was akin to ambrosia to the staff, then the after show entertainment was the nectar to wash it all down smoothly.
Charles Reece, aka Bajan Michael Jackson, stunned the audience when he came out first with his robot-like and electric dance moves, and was followed by the melodic Imani singing Me and Nikita with Feeling Good.
Hypasounds did a melody of some of his most popular hits, while Porgie and Murdah almost mashed up the night with their increasingly popular Condense.
The master crooner, Biggie Irie though was not to be outdone with Nah Going Home, Caan Be Ova and Need A Riddim to end the night on a high as he had the entire crowd singing along with him and promised a presentation unlike any other with lots of wukking up for Soca Royale.
The night also saw a presentation of a number of school bags to the Port’s adopted Nightengale Children’s Home and another to head of the In-House Committee Meshelle Rawlins of a weekend getaway, from members of the committee for her dedication to the calypso competition for the last five years. firstname.lastname@example.org