Seven national calypsonians and the 2011 QTS winner are among the 20 who have been chosen to compete in the final of the 2012 NCCU Cadence-lypso Competition.
The chosen 20 signed their contracts with the NCCU on Friday night at a ceremony held at the Old Mill Cultural Centre to present them and the sponsors of the show to the public.
Fifteeen finalists were selected by a panel of judges while the other five were voted for by the public in a radio call-in programme simulcast on DBS and Kairi FM.
The judge’s choices include Derrick Peter, 2011 QTS winnner, Shamica Sorhaindo, Pierre Labasiere and the Sound Masters Band, Derrick St. Ville, Rhamadine Prince, Rubin John and John Mark.Also finding favour with the panel were Janet Azzouz, Royette Laurent, Jude Delawney, Golda Scotland-Andrew, Curtis “Explosion” J. Lloyd, Richard “Beno” Christmas, Steve “Triumph” Williams and Webster “Web” Marie.
The five voted for by the public are Arthur “Bassey” Pascal, Murphy “Sye” Jno. Jules, Carlyn Xavier, Lloyd Jno. Baptiste and Jamaal “Black Diamond” Lloyd.
Organizers of the competition, the NCCU, say they are very satisfied with the level of participation. Some fifty entries were submitted.
A fifteen thousand dollar grand prize is at stake in the competition scheduled to be held on October 20 at the New Town Savannah.