Trinidad’s Calypso Monarch 2011

Trinidad’s Calypso Monarch 2011


By Andre Bagoo Tuesday, March 8 2011 – Trinidad Newsday

FORMER Junior Calypso Monarch Karene Asche yesterday morning became the first woman to win the National Calypso Monarch crown in almost a decade, and in the process made history by taking home the competition’s largest ever cash prize of $2 million.

At the age of 26, Asche now becomes the youngest ever National Calypso Monarch in the competition’s modern history. However, Neville “Growling Tiger” Marcano still holds the all-time record for youngest monarch for when he, at the age of 24, won the crown in 1939, the year the annual competition first began.

Asche, who won the Junior Calypso Monarch competitions in 1998 and 2003, took home the crown at Dimanche Gras early yesterday morning after pleasing the judges with her rendition of the political calypsos “Uncle Jack” and “Careful What Yuh Ask For”.

Her victory, eight years after her mentor Sandra Des Vignes Millington (Singing Sandra) took the crown in 2003, was the culmination of a competition which saw calypsonians re-embrace the artform’s political elements after years which saw social commentary dominate the show.

She is also the fourth woman to win the Calypso Monarch crown, after Calypso Rose (McArtha Lewis) in 1978, Denyse Plummer in 2001 and Singing Sandra in 1999 and 2003.

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