At least ten female calypsonians will battle for the 2016 Dominica Calypso Queen title, on January 29, Chairperson of the Dominica ‘Kaiso’ Calypso Hall of Fame, Alex Bruno, has announced.
Some of the competitors include reigning Calypso Queen, Janae Jackson, Charis D, Sugar S, Alisha, Sting Ray, Delah and Leandra.
According to Bruno, who was speaking at the launch of the Dominica ‘Kaiso’ Calypso Hall of Fame held at the UWI Auditorium on Thursday, the event forms part of the highlights of three major events for Carnival 2016 to be hosted on the same date.
“They will sing one original song and they have an option to choose another song from another female calypsonian’s archives,” Bruno stated. “Based on what we have had, the girls are singing from Sing Sandy’s ‘Black Woman’ to Tarina’s ‘Life Line’, to ‘Standing with the Bishop’.”
Bruno said the list of songs the young ladies will be presenting is going to be a “mash up” at the Harlem Plaza.
The show cost $40.
The winner will walk away with a $5,000 cash prize.
Also forming part of the activities is the Dominica ‘Kaiso’ Hall of Fame scheduled to take place at the Fort Young Hotel from 6:00pm-8:00pm on January 29, where four giants of the art-form, Slinger “The Might Sparrow” Francisco, Patrick “Pembo” Pemberton, Osborn “Ossie” Lewis, Kelly “Ras Kelly” Williams and Roosevelt “Mico” Williams, will he honorably inducted.
The induction will be Followed by a ‘Classic Kaiso Concert also to be held at the Harlem Plaza from 8:00 pm.
“So we have one big event the induction and the Classic Concert, the concert follows the event,” Bruno explained.
The Mighty Sparrow will perform for 45 minutes at the concert.
Performances will also come from Calypsonians- Swinging Janice, Mystic Rose Jalee and Cauliflower who participated in the first Calypso Queen Show organized by the DCA, also 30 years ago and will be coming back together for the first time.