Konris Maynard not contesting for Calypso Monarch title

This comes as the final plans are being made for the Eliminations of the Senior Calypso Monarch Competition, and as the Calypso Tents crawl to an end.

Maynard told this publication, a few weeks ago at the official opening of the Labour party’s Constituency Number 8 office for their candidate Dr. Terrence Drew that he was not going to participate this year. Despite that however, speculations were still being made and some have indicated that up to last week the calypsonian himself had been teasing fans about wheter he would be in the contest.

Although Maynard was reluctant to say what sparked his decision, he explained that while he is not competing in this year’s competition, he will be recording several songs to “contribute” to Carnival.

King Konris, at age 10, wrote, recorded and released his first song called ‘Cool Skool’, where he portrayed going to school as a way for students to “be cool”.

In 1995, Konris decided to enter the National Junior Calypso Competition with a song called ‘We Gotta Fight’, a social commentary urging the society, old and young alike, to fight the evils of crime and drugs. He placed First Runner-up.

However, not to be daunted, in 1996 and 1997 Maynard began his winning streak when he was crowned Junior Monarch in both years with his singles, ‘Boys in Danger’ and ‘Dat’s on my Mind’ respectively. 

Konris eventaully entered the Senior Calypso Monarch Competition on six different occasions, with a winning four-peat from 2005 to 2008. He repeated his winning ways a few years later, after opting out for a few competitions and won again in 2011 and 2013. 

Since then, he has not competed.

His new focus these days is on politcs and will be competiting in a different type of competition early next year when the ruling Labour Party fields him as a candidate in the national elections.


 

 

 

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