Masud “Hooked” on Calypso

Masud Sadiki, legally known as Kevin Donovan, is a popular reggae artiste who has made a name for himself in the local, regional and even international entertainment arena. In his 12-plus years as an entertainer, he penned and performed hits such as: “Love for mama”, “Down to Earth”, “Wonder How”, “Log Out” and more recently, “Stitch in Time”.

In the recently-concluded Sugar Mas’ 2010/2011 festivities, Masud – a lover of calypso – tried his hand at the kaiso competition with two songs, “Sugar Mas’” and “I’m Still in Love With You”.

Adopting the name “Stitch in Time”, the novice calypsonian debuted under the Legends Tent and progressed to the semi-finals and then to the final round with the likes of Astro, Pungwah, Anastasia and I-Soursop, in his attempt to snatch the crown from the then reigning Calypso Monarch, King Socrates.

Stitch in Time delivered two energetic performances on 29th December 2010 at Sugar Mill and by the end of the evening, it was announced that he had captured the 3rd runner-up position.

He has had several days to digest his achievement and in a recent interview with, he described his feelings, having placed in the prestigious event.

“I feel extra special. As a matter of fact, I feel like I got the crown. I came in 3rd runner-up but I feel like I won the crown. We started with 60 calypsonians at eliminations, which means that I beat 56 people and we have some seasoned calypsonians so I feel really, really good. I just want to thank all the people who have been really supportive. The audience was lovely and I had a great time.”

The calypsonian confessed that he was unable to prepare for the competition as much as he would have wanted, but noted that notwithstanding, he did himself proud.

“I didn’t get to prepare as well as I would have liked to because I had to do some travelling and I really would have liked to get some more time to settle with the band and so on but I think they really did a good job on final night.

“I love the stage, so being on stage, this is normal for me; that is my favourite place to be but what was different was that I had to be a little bit more focussed because whereas when I am doing reggae, there is no such thing as a ‘buss’ for me as a reggae artiste. But in a competition, you have to be really, really careful because the judges are hanging on to your every word. So I was really careful. I wasn’t my best that night, I think semi-finals I had a better performance but considering the circumstances, I did a really good job.”

Asked if he would be a contender in the 2011/2012 Calypso Monarch Competition, Stitch in Time affirmed, “I am hooked. I am contending again and this year, I want to write my songs early. I had a very good introduction into the calypso arena. People welcomed me. People gave me a lot of support…so I am coming back, definitely.”

His love for calypso, he explained however, does not supersede his love for reggae.

“I am not giving up reggae. Not at all! Reggae is my first love as far as music is concerned but I also calypso. So December time, I’ll show up, compete and that is it. I am not even sure if you are going to see a whole calypso album but maybe after a couple of years, I would do a compilation. But for now, I am a reggae artiste who appreciates and likes calypso music,” the artiste told



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