Buntin talks about the future, following 2nd place showing at Leeward’s calypso show

His two tunes, ‘Tales of the Dagger’ that made references to such issues as relationships, betrayals and ungratefulness, and ‘Carnival Renaissance’, which made references to his previous calls to improve and invigorate carnival with excitement, participation and innovation – and that the boom and rebirth of carnival interest likely came from his own advocacy, went down well.

Speaking to MiyVue.com, there was no regret about the way he delivered, but he expressed a broader perspective about the Anguilla show. Buntin said, “I feel highly honoured to have been selected and given the opportunity to compete in that competition, and at that level, regionally as well. It’s gaining a lot of popularity and interest in the region, and it’s growing.”

Turning his attention from the recently concluded competition in Anguilla, Buntin thought about a way to invigorate the National Carnival of St. Kitts and Nevis. He said, “I wish that in St. Kitts we could take the opportunity now to create the ‘World Calypso King Competition,” which was once held in the region. This would shine light on our carnival even more. It’s not just about whether the show itself is highly profitable, but about bringing back some of the spotlight that St. Kitts carnival has lost.”

Few people recognize how much goes into preparing for a calypso competition, and the time that is needed. Buntin expressed it this way, “I’ll always be writing, composing and producing, but I am not quite sure of my participation in the upcoming carnival, because I have to now look at how I can get away for another 30 days. It is very taxing, so I have to pay close attention to that. If the opportunity makes it feasible to come back down again later this year, I most certainly will.”

De-BearBuntin thanked his supporters, fans and well-wishers who supported him in competition, not just in the Leeward Islands show, but also in St. Kitts and Nevis, as a whole. “I do appreciate their support and their love, and I will strive to put out the best that I can.

The Anguilla, LIME Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch competition resulted with De Bear of Antigua taking the crown with 842 points, followed by Richie Buntin of St. Kitts with 817 points and Anguilla’s King Repeater with 775 points. King Astro, who represented the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, did not make a place although he had two good performances on the night of the show.

De Bear won with his updated tunes ‘Stop De Bear’ and ‘Sing A Different Song’.


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