Keon ‘Dragon K’ Christopher took back the crown he first won in 2015 at the 18th annual Junior Calypso Competition on Sunday, March 12th, at the Montserrat Cultural Centre.
Dragon K competed with seven others, including two girls for the coveted title which was held last year by Veron ‘Calypso Vedz’ Duberry.
In addition to numerous prizes and cash, it was announced during the show that the winner would be invited to represent Montserrat at the first Regional Junior Calypso show in Barbados this August. The winners from each island will be mentored by International soca entertainer Alison Hinds and will also experience a week of training on songwriting, handling interviews and stage performance prior to the regional competition.
Ann-Marie Burke, who handles public relations for the new competition says they plan to make it an annual event. She also revealed to the audience that UNICEF has come on as a major supporter. Dragon K on taking the crown becomes an official UNICEF Ambassador for Montserrat.
The eight performers on Sunday, sang songs around the My Identity theme in the first round. The second song covered a variety of themes.
The winners are:
Best My Identity Song – Keina ‘Lady K’ Wade
Best Upbeat Song – Keon ‘Dragon K’ Christopher
Most Creative on stage – Veron ‘Calypso Vedz’ Duberry
Best Newcomer – Delroy ‘Helado’ Joseph
Youngest Calypsonian – Rymeir ‘Rymeir Styles’ Sierra
3rd runner up – Kimari ‘Master K’ Kirnon
2nd runner up – Delroy ‘Helado’ Joseph
1st runner up – Veron ‘Calypso Vedz’ Duberry
Winner – Keon ‘Dragon K’ Christopher
Other participants were Orin ‘ODJ’ Favourite and Lady Steph – Stephanie
The Jr Calypso Show is organised by the Montserrat Union of Teachers.