Three-time Calypso Monarch, Zamfir “Man Zangie” Adams during his performance of “Faith in Hairouna”. (IWN photo)

Zamfir “Man Zangie” Adams created history Sunday night by becoming the first artiste to win the National Calypso Monarch crown three times in a row since the change over of Vincy Mas to June-July 39 years ago.

Adams, a police officer and talented singer and performer, won the crown singing “Faith in Hairouna”, a song celebrating SVG and “Access Denies”, a composition highlighting and decrying pedophilia.

For the third consecutive year, veteran Robert “Patches” King had to settle for silver, though he moved sections of the crowd with his popular, up-tempo “Labour Love” and an equally powerful social commentary, “Something Wrong Wid We”.

Ahead of his delivery of “Labour Love”, Patches complained to patrons that the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) and their lawyer was not allowing him to show on the big screen two slides of photos that are “in the public domain” as part of his presentation.

But after his performance Colin Williams, who was one of the MCs, explained to patrons that all calypsosians had to — and had agreed — to bring their multimedia content to the CDC — apparently for vetting by their legal advisors – at least four days before the competition.

Third position went to Roland “Chico B”, Veira, the reigniting calypso Monarch in the British Virgin Island, where he is based.

Chico B won the patrons’ heart with his humorous Rum Pipe, which also addressed current affair issues, and “Horner Man”, a song in which a man sees his wife infidelity as beneficial.

Veteran calypsonians Kenneth “Vibrating Scakes” was fourth with is political commentaries “Revolution” and “Stop Looking in the Wrong Direction”.

5 replies on “Zangie secures historic third calypso title”

  1. TeacherFang says:

    Arguably the worst finals in the history of vincy mas. The second song for everyone was crap; so giving back the crown to the defending champion was the obvious choice.

    Calypso artistes have been neutered by this sue happy administration hence the crap rendered in the big yard over the years. Like everything else in vincyland, this ramen administration is slowly suffocating our culture to death.

    1. I did not see it but we all are noticing that Carnival has been in decline for at least the past two years. You may be right; it may be the fault of government. It is absolutely a fact that government has caused the economy to decline greatly and, in spite of what the ignorant say, the declining economy does contribute to the increase in crime in SVG.

  2. C. ben-David says:

    We truly are a hopelessly degenerate society when a pagan festival like Carnival is the most important event of the year. Vincie culture my foot!

    1. TeacherFang says:

      Culture refers to the cumulative deposit of knowledge, experience, beliefs, values, attitudes, meanings, hierarchies, religion, notions of time, roles, spatial relations, concepts of the universe, and material objects and possessions acquired by a group of people in the course of generations through individual and group striving.

      Culture is the systems of knowledge shared by a relatively large group of people.

      Culture is communication, communication is culture.

      Culture in its broadest sense is cultivated behavior; that is the totality of a person’s learned, accumulated experience which is socially transmitted, or more briefly, behavior through social learning.

      A culture is a way of life of a group of people–the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.

      Culture is symbolic communication. Some of its symbols include a group’s skills, knowledge, attitudes, values, and motives. The meanings of the symbols are learned and deliberately perpetuated in a society through its institutions.

      Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behavior acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, on the other hand, as conditioning influences upon further action.

      Culture is the sum of total of the learned behavior of a group of people that are generally considered to be the tradition of that people and are transmitted from generation to generation.

      Culture is a collective programming of the mind that distinguishes the members of one group or category of people from another

      Hofstede, G. (1997). Cultures and Organizations: Software of the mind. New York: McGraw Hill.

  3. Watching Hard says:

    If we can put the kind of intense frenetic and focused energy that we put into Vincy Mas into things like science, community building, and business innovation SVG would be so much better off.

    Oh to be inundated over the airwaves by people’s plans for improving our society the way we are inundated by endless months long promotions for this and that fete. That would truly be a thing to behold.

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