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Fya Empress

Fya Empress sings “Hope is Alive” during Dimanche Gras Sunday night. (iWN Photo)

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Lornette “Fya Empress” Nedd is once again Calypso Monarch in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The bard, known for her versatility across the genres and crisp diction, stopped Zamfir “Man Zangie” Adams in his tracks as he attempted to make it four-in-a-row.

He had to settle for second place after the tabulations at Dimanche Gras at Victoria Park Sunday night.

Debutant Joanna Christopher placed third, while Glenroy “Sulle” Ceasar, a veteran, was fourth among the 11 finalists.

(Our full review of the show will be published later.)

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3 replies on “The Empress reigns again”

  1. Good music, nice melody, great arrangement!
    She understands the art of her craft.
    Congratulations !!!

  2. Like I said in a previous post, it was over before it started. Empress all the way.

    If I wasn’t convinced for the past couple of years, I am now. Vincentian so called calypsonians are a bunch of cowards. The finals was a parade of nutuered individuals pretending to be calypsonians, making a mockery of the artform.

    There was not one song that was critical of the government or any politicians or individual or an incident that captured the public interest… Not ONE. GTFOH.

    Fyah empress won because she had the audacity to at least address a social issue that is prevalent in our society..Men on the DL. And she knows how to deliver a song.

    How in God’s name, Patches not in the top three is a mystery to me. Patches, Sulle and Empress, had the best performances of the night, in my opinion. Ketch me arse, guilty and hallelujah were the only three calypsos sang on dimanche gras. Not sure what the other 19 songs were.

    Let me remind Vincentians what is Calypso, cause a majority of those practicing the artform seem totally confused. “Calypso, a type of folk song primarily from Trinidad though sung elsewhere in the southern and eastern Caribbean islands. The subject of a calypso text, usually witty and satiric, is a local and topical event of political and social import, and the tone is one of allusion, mockery, and double entendre.”(

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