Historic virtual calypso monarch ends with a tie

By Demion McTair. Updated 3:57 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Calypsonians Shena Collis and Chewalee Johnson tied for first place in the inaugural Virtual Calypso Monarch in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, held on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

Both Collis and Johnson scored 240 points in the competition. The winner’s cash prize of EC$5,000 was split equally between both winners.

Collis’ song was – “Quashegunny”, while Chewalee’s song was – “Mas Debating”.

According to the organizers, position number two was taken by Glenroy ‘Sulle’ Caesar, with his song – “Winning Habit”, while position number three was taken by Roland ‘Chico B’ Veira, with his song – “In Quarantine”.

Seven (7) artistes competed in the competition that was streamed LIVE from the Envy Night Club at Arnos Vale.

The other artistes were Grantley ‘Ipa’ Constance, Ronald ‘Ron B’ Browne, and Lance ‘Da Vinci’ Chapman.

All of the artistes received notepads from Digicel to help pen their calypso lyrics in the future, organizers say.

Sunday’s event had been viewed by over 10,000 persons on Facebook, at the time this article was published.

The event came after the hosting of the inaugural Virtual Ragga and Soca Monarch competitions which were held on July 4.

The Virtual Soca and Ragga Soca Monarch competitions, and the Virtual Calypso Monarch competition were organized by STV Online, Ignite, and Envy, with Steve Wallace, Candace Sealey, and Lester Iroha being the engineers of the historic online events.

The St. Vincent Brewery Limited and Digicel, were the main sponsors of the event. Other corporate entities also provided support and prizes.

Saturday’s ragga and soca monarch competitions and Sunday’s calypso competition took place on the same dates the national ragga soca, soca and calypso monarch competitions organized by the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC), were slated to happen this year.

The planned CDC events, along with the entire hosting of Vincy Mas 2020 were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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