Bobb breaks free; wins calypso monarch title

Bobb has been competing as a calypsonian for 17 years

“The truth will make you free, make you freeeee”, resounded in one collective refrain from a mud-filled, rain sprinkled New Town Savannah on Saturday night as thousands of calypso lovers joined the Bobb as he threw off the shackles that had so far kept him from becoming the calypso monarch of Dominica.

A compelling, masterful performance of his popular song “The Truth” and solid rendition of his second round song “When people Doh Like You” released the veteran performer from several close encounters with a shot at the coveted title that continued to elude him.

He had finally won the crown after a 17-year journey in calypso competition.’s

Eight-time monarch, Dice came a close second followed by Tasha P in 3rd and Sye in the 4th position.

2017 monarch, Karessa, removed himself from contention when he aborted his first round performance. He was not allowed to sing again in that round and did not appear in the second round.

Three of the four calypsonians- Bobb, Dice and Sye performed songs which were written by top, prolific calypso writer Pat Aaron. DNO understands that Sye’s “Release Supplies” was penned by another writer.

You can listen to Bobb’s 2018 calypsos in DNO’s 2018 calypso playlist.


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  1. Niceness
    February 14, 2018

    Congratulations Bobb…. You will make an awesome king…your majesty

  2. Suggestion
    February 14, 2018

    I suggest announcing the scores/points of each finalist as part of the calypso results as done in Trinidad and even other carnival shows in Dominica..

  3. Sakway Torneh
    February 14, 2018

    I wonder if Dice had to come out on the radio and say “I am the people’s KING” how would BOB feel? Bob you see, Just ease up and learn to be happy for others. Your time did come! Anyway Congratulations!

  4. Kings Hill
    February 14, 2018

    Congratulations to The Bobb on a Crown well earned.

  5. Channa
    February 13, 2018

    Congratulations Bob,
    I am so happy for you, they finally gave you what belongs to you for the first time. for many years you have been cheated for the crown. Today I am satisfied.
    It does not matter if there was not a parade this year but you did wear your crown.

    One love

    • kaykay
      February 14, 2018

      When did they cheat Bobb? Stupes

  6. lanes m
    February 13, 2018

    wow wow wow good news 4 bob

  7. Empathy
    February 13, 2018

    Typical Dominicans willing to chastise a man for an error…forgeting all the tImes he has put out good performances to entertain the many fans..there are times when ones action at the spurt of the moment may not be their usual behaviour. A very Good calypso writer, singer and presenter makes one mistake and crucify him. Lol ….. find out what went wrong…mybe it had nothing to do with the show.Ban him makes know difference he writes he can still contribute to the artform.I find it was just unfortunate because he is a good addition to the show..most of the people come to see him and Dice the show is dull without them…so give Karessah a break…congrats Bobb well done….

  8. Zammm
    February 12, 2018

    After analysing King Bob’s two rendition, it was clear that he he was a cut above the rest… King Bob had great lyrical content, relevance, proper crafting of the artform, stage presentation, melody, proper diction and pronunciation /enunciation, vocal ability and clarity….
    So job well king Bob… King Bob has what it takes to be a calypso ambassador for Dominica.
    Would like to congratulate those who work hard to ensure that Kiaso in Dominica meets the highest of standards. Listen to calypsoes from the region, Dominica should be proud of the tremendous progress made over the years..
    Congrats to King Bobb once again

  9. Ray
    February 12, 2018

    Excellent performance Bobb. Great show, congrats to all the performers mius one.

  10. Asaka W.
    February 12, 2018

    Congrats Bobb. After all these years of sharing your music, great job.

  11. Shaka Zulu
    February 12, 2018

    Congratulations!!! Much desefved.

  12. Rasta
    February 12, 2018

    What if? What if Karessa had not removed himself crom the competition? Co gratulations however to Bobb. He was/is deserving of the accolade. We will now have atleast two straight years of dignified representation at official functions by the Calypso Monarch. First it was Karessa, now Bob . No more wearing of trousers below bottom by the Monarch.

  13. zandoli
    February 12, 2018

    I am waiting for the criticism of the judges’ decision.

  14. mine
    February 12, 2018

    What I find that was strange I did not see the other competitors congratulated the king.

  15. jihan
    February 12, 2018


  16. LifeandDeath
    February 12, 2018

    Deservedly Crowned..Best songs this year

    • Channa
      February 13, 2018

      true so so true

  17. Dominican Passports
    February 12, 2018

    Bob definitely earned that, sad to see what happened to karessa, always a strong performer when things go according too plan :!: :idea:

  18. Looking on
    February 12, 2018

    At last! It was time! More than time to win the crown. He has a good voice which he can use in almost any kind of music. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Hats off to u Bobb

  19. Bef you like
    February 11, 2018

    Congratulations Bobb! Well deserved. While we are at it, the calypso association needs to discipline Karessa for his behavior at the show. We are all so quick to judge Dice and give opinions about his character. This is not how a defending monarch behaves.

  20. February 11, 2018

    Congratulations Bobb . I believed this is well deserved. Great songs which were executed with remarkable skills. Enjoy your reign.

    • GM-Murrphys
      February 13, 2018

      My Man did not retain his crown but he has my crown I brought down from NY for him. Me & my dice.

      • Nubian Queen
        February 14, 2018

        Yeah, for people like you Dice can come and sing “Doh Ray Me” and all you will find he should get crown.

        I like Dice’s performance just as much as the next person, but these kind of obsessive, fanatical statements always annoy me! :twisted: :twisted:

  21. deedee
    February 11, 2018

    oooopppppppsssss didn’t c that coming

  22. Annette
    February 11, 2018

    Doh test Mascamp and Pat Aaron

  23. Johnnie Boy
    February 11, 2018

    Congratulations my Brother , well deserved . You worked hard for the title and really performed on the final night .

  24. Kermit
    February 11, 2018

    Never give up in life people. Always believe in yourself and your DREAM/GOAL.

  25. A True Dominican
    February 11, 2018

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well done . You never gave up after all these years.This is the kind of attitude many of us should have. Enjoy your reign.

  26. wrong is wrong
    February 11, 2018

    I congratulate the new king Bob, though to me it was a very close call between himself and Dice. It was to me so close that it could go any direction and people would be satisfied. So congrats to Dice too, as well as all the finalists. As for my very good friend Karessa, I find he was very disappointing and selfish to blonder towards the end of his first song and, instead of polishing his blonder he stopped abruptly and asked to start over. Karessa behaved just like Skerrit that always tries to blame others for his wrong including pushing to change the laws to suit him. In as much as Karessa is my good friend and I really like him, I believe the Calypso Association should send a very strong message to him and others, by demanding a written apology from him and if he doesn’t apologize, suspend him from 2019 competition . You can’t be wrong bro and try to be right!

    • wrong is wrong
      February 11, 2018

      Karessa’s behavior was similar to that of a batsman given out LBW and instead of walking he decides to stay in the wicket and argue with the umpire. If this sort of thing happened in cricket we know the player would be banned from a few games and I don’t see why Karessa should not be suspended. He needs to understand that he is not bigger than the competition man. What he did was very distasteful and really dampened the spirit of the competition for a good 20 minuites

  27. February 11, 2018

    Congratulations to King Bobb you deserved it.

  28. My little take
    February 11, 2018

    congrats to you Bob! My boy has always been Dice but this year you out performed him, especially in your first round, though I believe he got very close to sending you out as first runner up. Make no mistake about it Dice was great but just that you were a notch greater.

    • wrong is wrong
      February 11, 2018

      Oh I forgot to say a BIG congratulation to Jaydee for having to sing immediately after the nonsense of Karessa and was able to stay focus and not just sang his song but brought back the spirit of the competition as if nothing happened. Maybe there should be a special token for him because it was not easy to sing after that standup of Karessa

      • hashtag
        February 13, 2018

        It was old boring Haxey following karessah. Thankfully! Haxey was a waste in the finals. the man sings like he is going to die. breathless. off key. like a screeching tyre. just awful to listen to. he needs to retire..way past his expiration date

  29. badbaje
    February 11, 2018

    If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, you’ll succeed at last!

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