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Carnival 2013

Tobago takes ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Calypso title

By MIRANDA LA ROSE Saturday, January 12 2013

Tobago’s young calypsonian, Dillon Thomas, has won the “Stars of Tomorrow” calypso title.

The young Tobagonian had the crowd at the Daaga Auditorium, UWI, St Augustine Campus, rocking with his calypso, “For a Crown” on Thursday night.

Using very little props, Thomas copped the title from a keenly-contested field of 16 competitors in the National Youth Action Committee (NYAC)-sponsored Stars of Tomorrow Calypso Competition.

Thomas’ winning entry, “For a Crown” told of what competitors would do to win the senior calypso monarchy, including bribing the judges with more than half of their winnings, because bragging rights were more important than the money. Thomas was the inaugural winner of the Tobago Vintage Calypso title in 2011. He retained that title last year.

Young Thomas took over the title from last year’s winner, Jermeeka Mundy, who was not in the competition this year.

In second place was Cindy Alleyne with the entry “I Pay Honour,” a tribute to women; and in third, was Helon Francis whose entry was “Tainted Legacy.” The tune “I Pay Honour” told of the role women play in not only nurturing world leaders, but also leading the way by example.

“Tainted Legacy” was critical of adults who were demanding of the current young generation to practice moral and ethical values when these were not given to them by their parents.

“Long before I was born,” Francis told his captive audience that many parents were drinking rum and cursing each other, setting no example to their children, “changing husbands (in the case of Liz Taylor) like they changing clothes, yet, adults expect children to behave like angels.”

Malaika Ballantyne’s “Target 365” calling for 365-crime free/murder free days in Laventille was well received by the audience, and gave her the fourth place.

Terri Lyons’ “Born Fighter” earned her the fifth place; and Ezekiel Yorke’s “One More Recruit” which told the tale of a gangster’s life, copped the sixth place.

Though Khadija Antoine’s “Tears for the children”, which related instances of child abuse, and called for greater protection for children, was well received by the audience, she placed seventh.

In eighth place was Sergio Francisco with his rendition “When You Take A Life”; Marion Paponette was in ninth place with “Let’s Save Them;” and Phil “Philman” Browne’s “Thoughts on My Journey” was in tenth place. Alleyne, Paponette, Ballantyne and Lyons are finalists in the National Calypso Queen Competition on Monday at the Cascadia Hotel, St Ann’s.

Former Star of Tomorrow, the NYAC’s reigning Young King and Calypso Monarch, Duane O’Connor, who did not compete, took to the stage in a guest appearance with the song, “One Way Ticket.”

Other guests performances were from the Vikash School of Dance, and the Reflex Dance Company.

Thursday’s event was the 23rd edition of the competition, which is aimed at preparing young artistes, between the ages of 18 to 25, to make the transition from amateur to professional status in the calypso industry. The performances were of a high standard.

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