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Extempo champion, Sheldon John, dies

UPDATE: April 03, 2012

Sheldon John at Kaisorama 2011
Sheldon John – Former Extempo Monarch of T&T

Extempo craftsman, Sheldon John, dies
Sheldon John, 2011 Extempo Calypso King has passed away approximately one month shy of his 39th birthday, according to Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Association’s (TUCO’s) Welfare Officer Carlston Kerr on Monday. He died of kidney failure at approximately 5.30 pm on Sunday at the Eric Willliams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.
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Bands of the year results

Bands of the year results

1. Humanity-Circle of Life — Mac Farlane Carnival — 1,335
2. Tales of Merrie Olde England — Trini Revellers — 1,278
3. South Pacific — Legacy — 1,198
4. Colour of Green — Showtime Trinidad — 1,058
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THEY CAME, they trampled, they stomped as the Queen’s Park Savannah stage beckoned Carnival revellers, from far and wide, local and foreign, to “come to meh.” The Carnival revelry climaxed yesterday as thousands of masqueraders crossed the big stage.

Machel set for 4th Road March title
Blazing the trail with his hit Advantageous, International Soca Monarch Machel Montano is confident that the song will lead him to his fourth Road March title.
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Rikki Jai Wins Chutney Soca Monarch $2M

UPDATE: February 21, 2011

Chutney Soca Monarch Competition 2011
Chutney Soca Monarch Competition 2011 in pictures

Rikki Jai takes $2m Chutney Soca title
Rikki Jai (Samraj Jaimungal) became the first $2 million monarch of Carnival 2011 when he won the NLCB Chutney Soca Monarch competition at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Saturday night…
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24 students vie for schools’ soca crowns

Ten primary school pupils will vie for the title of this year’s Flavorite Supreme Ice Cream National Schools Soca Monarch. Fourteen secondary school students will also battle for the crown in the secondary schools’ category. Following is the list of finalists (in alphabetical order of surname) for the competition which takes place at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, on February 25 at 10 am.
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The Mighty Striker Has Died

Percy 'Striker' Oblington
Percy ‘Striker’ Oblington

Truely an elder in the Calypso artform, Percival Oblington ‘The Mighty Striker’, died on Saturday 5th, 2011, after being ill for some time. Born in 1930, Striker would be remembered for his long service together with capturing the Calypso King Competition in 1958 and 1959.
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Honouring Calypso Bards Through The Years

NAPA Fest : Celebrating our Calypso Monarchs 1939 - 1980The final curtain of the NAPA FEST, a production of the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, came down on the weekend of July 17th and 18th, 2010, with a memorable Calypso show entitled “Trinidad and Tobago History Through The Eyes of Calypso” in honour of some of our legendary Calypso bards.
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NAPA Fest culminates with Calypso Show

NAPA FEST, a production of the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism will come to a grand finale this weekend – July 17th and 18, 2010 with a Calypso Show to celebrate our Calypso Monarchs in a production entitled: “Through the eyes of Calypso 1930-1980″.

The Show is expected to be filled with pump and flare as the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism brings down the curtains on what has been dubbed “A Worthwhile Endeavour”, that generated great public interest thanks to an array of outstanding performances by local entertainers. This proved that the talent of acting, singing, dancing and musical performances are not just something possessed internationally but also extends to Trinidad and Tobago with our very diverse culture.
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JW & Blaze steal the Carnival stage

Palance by miles
JW & Blaze steal the Carnival stage

Palaance, Palaance!
Masqueraders turned Port-of-Spain, San Fernando and venues across the country into a “palance party” as they gave Soca Monarchs JW and Blaze’s hit “Palance” a runaway victory in the Road March race.

No stopping Palance in Road March race

‘Palance’, MacFarlane take over Downtown
An early start to Downtown Carnival saw an explosion of colour and more time to palance on the streets of Port of Spain yesterday.
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JW and Blaze win Soca Monarch

JW and Blaze win Soca Monarch
After winning the bmobile Blackberry International Soca Monarch title on Friday night at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, television and radio personalities, JW and Blaze are looking for the cherry on their cake, that is the Road March title.

Shurwayne takes Groovy Monarch

Pay but no view for int’l viewers of Soca Monarch
Foreign Internet users tuning in to the International Soca Monarch finals at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain on Friday night received a rude awakening after realising they were unable to view the much-anticipated competition.
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