Montserrat claims De Bear’s crown

According to  the Montserrat news portal DiscoverMNI.com, some residents in that country have expressed disappointment that the reigning monarch chose to compete in the Annual Leeward Islands Calypso Competition for Antigua & Barbuda and not his native land.

Garnett ‘Sylk’ Thompson, the second runner-up in the 2014 Calypso Monarch competition represented Montserrat at the August 8, competition, in Morson’s place.

The De Bear was as quoted as saying he would do his best no matter the flag he waved.

The reigning Antigua & Montserrat Carnival King came out on top of the Calypso heap after dominating the annual event held at the Landsdowne Event Centre in Anguilla.

He walked away with the title and a $10, 000 prize purse.

Morson captured the title from a field of seven competitors, beating out the 2014 title holder Richie Buntin of St Kitts & Nevis, who claimed the first runner up spot, while Anguilla’s King Repeater was third.

The new Leeward Island King said the show went exceedingly well.

“The night was fair. You had some really good singers who came out and did what they had to do to represent their respective territory,” Morson said.

The monarch rendered ‘Stop De Bear’ and ‘Sing a Different Song’ during the night of competition. He said tweaks were made to the renditions to make them more appropriate for the Anguillian audience.

“I had to make it more suitable for what I was going to do, and it was to tell the calypsonians and the committee that they can’t stop me,” Morson said.

With a new crown under his belt, the monarch said he will be placing his attention on promoting his music in other parts of the region.

This is the second time De Bear has won the Leeward Islands title. In 2012 he was crowned the winner along with Kittitian King Konris.

 

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