THE VALLEY, Anguilla, August 9, CMC — Anguilla crowned a new national calypso monarch Wednesday night when 21 year old Shereena Richardson (Singing Shea Shea) captured her second major title this year at the Landsome Bowl Cultural Centre.
Following up on her national female calypso title last month, Richardson copped the top prize of EC$ 25,000 (US$9, 259) with her strong social commentary ‘Is is Right’ focusing on the major social, political and economic issues affecting the island and its people and “We Better than That’ – a song championing the important role and contributions made by women.
In second place was experienced St Kitts-born performer but newcomer to the calypso finals in Anguilla Jerome Vanterpool (Ranger) with his popular song ‘ Help de Police’ which focuses on the need by citizens to work with law enforcement personnel to help solve the recent spate of gun-related crimes on the island. His second song was ‘Forces of Evil’.
Four-time national calypso champion John Lloyd (Mighty Springer) placed third with his songs “A Love that’s Lost’ and his more popular song “Shot Down to Die’ focusing on the victims of crime notably gun-related crimes in Anguilla.
Nine calypsonians including three women were in the finals.
Last year’s winner Anthony Bryan (Dr Splinter) did not defend his title.
The 15th annual Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch competition will also be held here on Saturday night.