With a song entitled ‘Go and love your neighbor’, Daryl “The Bobb” Bobb, has been crowned the first-ever Virtual Calypso Monarch here in Dominica, walking away with the grand prize of EC$5000.00.
At the final round of the competition, held on February 12, 2021, at the Old Mill Cultural Center, the veteran outshined Tasha P who came in second taking home EC$3000, and first-time finalists Sour Sour and AbiYah, who came in third and fourth earning $2000 and $1500 respectively.
Speaking to the media, the Virtual Monarch stated, “well I am very much elated. When I think about the amount of work that was put into this show being an executive member of the Calypso Association, and then having to be a performer and on top of that to go on to win, can you imagine how I feel inside having to wear both hats? It’s just a very very wonderful feeling. I really can’t find the words to explain it to you.”
The Bobb pointed out that he expected the competition to be tight, given that his rivals included several of Dominica’s top calypsonians, but believes he edged them out with his energy, body language, and stage performance.
While he made history by winning the first competition of its kind, he did lament the fact that the show had to be downscaled, hastened, and only included one round.
“This year’s level of calypso, I really wish we had a full-fledge Calypso season with two songs but I am still satisfied because everybody was on an even playing field, but it was tough because most of us our preparation was very late because we were wondering, are we going to have carnival, are we not going to have it, should we have a show or not,” he said. “So there was that contemplation going on all the time and the inspiration of love thy neighbor as thyself, it came to me very late. It actually came to me in December, and Pat and I just started thrashing it out very nicely.”
According to the veteran, his next move includes more music, of different genres and developing the craft of calypso.
This being his second crown in the calypso arena, he vows to “step the energy up and carry the energy into the next season.”
He encouraged carnival lovers to respect the new protocol put in place by the Government of Dominica for the next few days as it will severe in the best interest of all citizens in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The other calypsonians who made it through to the first-ever virtual finals included Jay Dee (the reigning Monarch who was not dethroned), nine-time winner King Dice, government minister Karessah, seasoned crusaders Hunter, Observer, Checker, De Oracle, Checko, as well as first-time finalist, Trinity, and Nachelle, who walked away with a participation prize of EC$500.00.