So nice he did it twice.
Ian iWeb Webster is glad that amidst an adversity-filled Crop Over, he came out on top.
“I am very happy about the win. It was a hard fought battle. It was a season of adversity, but I am thankful for the opportunity to be the calypso monarch again,” he said.
Webster said that what he focused on most going into the competition was representing himself well; and to him this was most important.
“In everything I do I go to represent myself well, even if I don’t win; and to me I think that is what is most important. They are little moral victories that are attainable long past the larger victories or ultimately getting the number one spot,” he explained.
And, to him, being able to transform onstage to perform the more comical songs like Karaoke is simply “a gift from God”. And having only come back onto the Crop Over scene three years ago, after an extended time away from Barbados, Webster said he never expected to be a repeat monarch.
“When I returned they were some things that were bothering me, and I felt the need to say them, and after the success that year, I came second, and I thought it would be good to continue. But I never thought that I would win back-to-back titles, he said.
Webster said that while he was elated over being king, he was also very happy for his tent mates, and that on the night of competition he was just hoping that one of the Headliners would walk away with the crown.
“I am especially happy for my tent mates who all placed in the top five. For us that was a really special victory,” he added.
But with that said, Webster still believes that there is room for improvement in the competition. He agrees that they are certain things which need to be looked at –– following the verbal and personal attacks on some calypsonians in Saturday night’s final.
“With reference to the whole sledging and derogatory comments, I do think that there is room for making the competition better in terms of rules for what can be done and what can’t be done. But anything that is for the betterment of calypso I am willing to support,” he said.
Now, the Springer Memorial music teacher, is ready to take his music to the world.
“The plan right now is to penetrate the Trinidad market. I am looking to do Labour Day, Notting Hill and other carnivals around the world,” he said.
But he noted: “My approach will have to be very different; so I am putting things in place to ensure that what I want to happen happens. Taking my music outside of Barbados and expanding my fan base beyond these shores is the plan,” he said.
This year, Ian also took part in the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca competition but did not place in either. And as for whether he will compete in them next year, Webster said: “Expect music next year. I don’t want to say yes or no at this point, but just look out for music from Ian.”