Short Pants Mc Intosh won the first prize at Kulture
Klub 99s Talkalypso competition on June 6 at the St
James Amphitheatre. This made it his third win. He won $5,000
and two return tickets to New York.
MC Sprangalang started the show at 6.50 pm. A voice from the
audience shouted: Like you working obeah! as four
candles were lit on stage for his performance. The crowd laughed
as they anticipated the reigning champions performance
of Ah Want to Dead.
Short Pants, in costume complete with a zombified white face,
delivered a natural combination of talent, humour and protest.
He echoed the plight of many local artistes: Is right
then I know how to get them bitches to play my kaiso
Is dead ah sure I go get air play.
Gail Lord won both the second prize of $2,500 and the best
female prize with Sparrows Donkey Cant Wine,
one of the few performances of the lyrics of recorded calypsoes.
Despite initial microphone problems, Lord showcased her theatrical
and story telling powers. She commanded the stage and engaged
the crowd as she said: If its sex I eh lying,
donkey have the goods but he cant wine.
As Robin Foster exclaimed She break mih wood in half,
few probably knew that he was actually talking about a stick
fight. He won third place with Zandolees Stickman.
Llewelyn Short Pants Mc Intosh Ah
Want to Dead
2. Gail Lord Donkey Cant Wine (Sparrow)
3. Robin Foster Stickman (Zandolee)
4. Gregor Breedy Bumper Ketch Ah Fire (Timmy)
5. Shereen Caesar Lost Ones
6. Leroy Paul Trinidad Dictionary
7. Eric Nicholson Voodoo Man (Brigo)
8. Trevor Burnett Last Ride
9. Steve Gomez Making Fares Till Ah Dead
10. Damien John Caution
Best Female Gail Lord
Most Humourous Steve Gomez