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Devon Seale is crowned Calypso Monarch; holds off Chuck and young Helon

Devon Seale is Trinidad and Tobago’s new Calypso Monarch after he beat a strong field with “Respect God’s Voice” and the “Spirit of Carnival” at the Dimanche Gras show in the Queen’s Park Savannah last night.

Respect God’s Voice” was a feisty rebuke for former Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who was urged to respect the electorate’s decision, while “Spirit of Carnival” was an unashamed warm-up for the morning’s J’Ouvert celebrations.

Photo: Calypso Monarch Devon Seale.
Photo: 2016 Calypso Monarch Devon Seale. (Courtesy Facebook)

It is Seale’s maiden title after the Arima calypsonian knocked on the door for much of this millennium while his 2015 rendition “My Humble Plea” was a crowd favourite.

Seale held off a strong challenge from 22 year old debutante, Helon Francis, who finished second with “Paradise” and “Real Bandit.” Defending champion, Roderick “Chuck” Gordon, finished third.

The final roll call read (Click on name to hear calypsonian in action):
1.Devon Seale, 2.Helon Francis, 3.Roderick “Chuck” Gordon, 4.Karene Asche, 5.Selvon “Mistah Shak” Noel, 6.Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool, 7.Heather McIntosh, 8.Victoria “Queen Victoria” Rahim, 9.Winston “Gypsy” Peters, 10.Winston “Cro Cro” Rawlins, 11.Carlos “Skatie” James, 12.Marsha “Lady Adana” Davis-Clifton.

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24 comments

  1. Well deserved. Helon Francis great performance as well

  2. Congratulations to Devon. Well done

  3. Well done you have tolling hard and long for that enjoy every moment

  4. He’ s has been toiling hard and has made it at last.

  5. Congrats to Devon, Helon Francis was also great.

  6. Congrats to Devon. Star from the East. Esther Batson must be smiling.

  7. Congrats to Devon, your victory was long overdue. Congrats to Helon Francis. He was mesmerizing! Love his sexy, jazzy style.

  8. Congratulations to you Devon, always like your contributions. Well deserved.

  9. Hmm he worked hard over the years

  10. Congrats Devon. Also big congrats to Helon

  11. It’s been a long time coming. Congratulations

  12. Congrats Devon Seale, well done, well deserved.

  13. About time .. Well deserved win..

  14. Like it has new Judges or wah ?

  15. Like it has new Judges or wah ?

  16. Congrats on a well deserved win.

  17. Helon Francis won me over tonight. So I really was hoping he took it. But Devon has been a standout for so many years and I loved “My Humble Plea” last year.
    He has also stayed true to who he has always been as a performer. I admire that.