Nine-time Calypso Monarch, Dr. Hollis “Mighty Chalkdust” Liverpool is not among the list of finalists named for the 2019 title following the semi-finals in Skinner Park in Arima last weekend.
However, the nine-finalists include five former winners, including the veteran Winston “Gypsy” Peters (1997), Karene Asche (2011), Duane O’Connor (2012), Kurt Allen (2010) and Devon Seale (2016).
\Peters, a former government minister, sang “When Elephants Fight,” a tune on the political situation here, while Asche used her song titled “Loco and Broko” to give a satirical commentary on the number of Venezuelans leaving the South American country where the opposition has been trying to remove President Nicolas Maduro from office.
Seale sang “Two-Face,” in which he says “not all skin teeth is a smile,” while Allen sang Wha Yuh Say and O’Connor, Respect.
The other finalists for the competition, now scheduled for Thursday night in a revamped “Night of Champions” show, include Alex Gift (Tobago Chalkie), Alana Sinette-Khan, Anthony “Allrounder” Hendrickson, Dawren “Pharoah” Greenidge, Erphaan Alves, Joanne “Tigress” Rowley, Maria Bhola, Stacy Sobers and Young King 2019 Renaldo London.
The Calypso Monarch competition is among a number of events marking the 2019 Carnival celebrations that end here on March 5 with the traditional street parade and jump-up.