The island’s dominance at this particular sub-regional contest is undisputable. No matter who is sent to represent the island, they have managed to shine and on many occasions, win. That tradition of victory continued Saturday (9th August) when Sandy Pointer Richie Buntin, the reigning Senior Calypso Monarch from last year’s carnival in St. Kitts, outdid his fellow calypsonians to capture the 2014 title of Leeward Islands Calypso King.
Buntin joins the ranks of other Kittitian calypsonians who have walked the halls of glory at that contest, including King Konris, Socrates and Ayatollah.
His overall performance is being described as superb by those who listened and watched the event live at the Landsome Bowl Cultural Center, in the Valley Anguilla.
He was successful in stalling the advances of the other contenders that included, King Repeater, (Anguilla), Kalquesse (Dutch St Maarten), Solijah (St Thomas), Sister Joyce (British Virgin Islands), Dis and Dat, (Nevis), Spade from St Croix, Baptiste from Montserrat and Queen Thalia Antigua.
Buntin banished the reigning King, Solijah from St Thomas, into the First Runner-up position and forced the home territory’s representative, Repeater, to settle for Second Runner-up.
Buntin sang in the Number One position at the contest and turned that usually difficult spot in such competitions, into a winning opportunity.
Last year, after King Konris opted out of the competition, St. Kitts was then represented by Rudder, who was First Runner-up in the 2012-2013 National Carnival contest.