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Duane O’Connor the 2012 Calypso Monarch

Duane O’Connor the 2012 Calypso Monarch
Duane O’Connor has dethroned Karene Asche at the Calypso Monarch competition to secure the $1 million first prize. O’Connor ‘s two songs, “The Hunt is On” and “Long Live Calypso,” received the judges’ collective nod to take home the crown at the Dimanche Gras show. He is also the Young King for 2012.
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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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Revellers kiss big stage

Revellers kiss big stage
REVELLERS dropped to their knees and kissed the big stage with reverence as Carnival returned to Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain with a bang yesterday after an absence of several years.

FORMER Junior Calypso Monarch Karene Asche yesterday morning became the first woman to win the National Calypso Monarch crown in almost a decade, and in the process made history by taking home the competition’s largest ever cash prize of $2 million.
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By Corey Connelly
March 7 2011 –

WITH a score of 278 points, Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars yesterday morning created history by becoming the first steelband to receive a hefty $2 million for winning the National Panorama competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.

In winning the prestigious title, All Stars, a highly popular band whose panyard is at 46-48 Duke Street in Port-of-Spain, dethroned last year’s champion PCS Silver Stars, by a mere three points during Saturday night’s keenly-fought Panorama finals. Silver Stars was awarded $750,000 for its effort.
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Machel Montano Wins Soca Monarch 2 Million

Machel Montano receives Soca Monarch $2 Million Cheque
from PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar at Girl Power Fete

Machel takes Soca Monarch crown

After delivering what many fans consider to be his best performance of the season Machel Montano claimed the two million dollar grand prize in the Power Soca category at the 2011 International Soca Monarch Competition at the Hasley Crawford Stadium last night.
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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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Tuco gives laptops to young calypsonians

By Sean Nero
Published: 11 Nov 2009

Eric Taylor, president of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonian Organisation (Tuco), is today assuring young calypsonians that years of neglect by his organisation are now at an end. At last Wednesday’s distribution of HP laptops to 18 finalists in this year’s National Junior Calypso Monarch competition at Tuco’s Jerningham Avenue, Belmont office, Taylor announced the new respect future bards can expect.
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Thank God for Carnival

By Derren Joseph’
February 22, 2009

So it’s Carnival Sunday once again. The country is alive with that special energy. Today, I extend a special “welcome home” to those of the Trinbagonian diaspora who are “home” for the festivities. For many who reside abroad, this pilgrimage is an important way of connecting with our “roots.” In the travel and tourism industry, we call these people VFR traffic, that is, those who come to visit friends and relatives.

Derren Joseph logoMy uncle Steve is one of these overseas-based Trinis who visits for Carnival when he can. Last week, Uncle Steve was sharing with me his memories of Carnival growing up. His mother discouraged him from participating in Carnival, because of its association with violence and negativity. In secondary school, Short Pants helped me understand just how important history is. So now, I enjoy talking to the elders about Trinidad in times gone by. We could never know where we are going until we appreciate where we came from. This Carnival I enjoyed my calypso. Despite rumours to the contrary, calypso is alive and well. Kudos to Pink Panther, Brother Resistance, Karega Mandela and the rest of the TUCO executive.
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Judges favour Chynee at Synergy Soca Stars

Judges favour Chynee at Synergy Soca Stars
HE’s been a favourite throughout the competition and on Thursday Richard “Chynee” Valentine became Synergy TV’s Soca Star winner.

NYAC’s Emancipation and Young Composers Prize-Giving Ceremony

Shereen Caesar receives her cash prize from Mr. Peter Adams of Republic Bank
Shereen Caesar receives her cash prize from Mr. Peter Adams of Republic Bank Reporters
Event Date: December 28, 2006
Posted: December 31, 2006

The National Youth Action Committee held its Annual Young Composers Competition and Annual Emancipation Competition prize-giving ceremony on Thursday 28th December, 2006, at the SWWTU Hall on Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. The audience mainly included the participants of the two competitions, their parents and their supporters.
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