Between the first and second halves of the competition, popular entrepreneur Carlton Dupont, was brought onstage to make a special presentation and it was then that he explained the origin of the idea to honour the calypsonian.
He noted that he regularly visits the home of King Ah De 29 Fellows and is always impressed with the way he carries himself and way that, even at 94 years of age, he still manages to perform his daily chores which include washing.
Dupont explained that he is fond of the elderly and thought it an excellent idea to raise funds to donate to King, in effort to make his existence a more comfortable one.
As a result, he mounted a box at his establishment and asked persons to make donations to the worthy cause. He advised during the show that an approximate $2100 was collected from that box to which he would add $5000 on behalf of his establishment.
The business man said this is not the end of the idea but indicated that he has intentions of setting a box at his Pelican Mall business into which patrons of his establishment can donate to the legendary calypsonian.
In response to the kind gesture, King ah de 29 Fellows expressed, “Thank you all very much for giving me a donation.”
The calypsonian who made most of his contributions between the early 1970s and the 1990s, penned and sang songs such as “He Was a King”, “Meh Meh” and “Smutt”.
Memories came flooding back when the King, having not performed for many many years, rendered one of his more popular tunes, “Roll Dem Dice” in its entirety.
MiyVue.com understands that the $2100 will be used to settle the King’s bills.