After stamping his authority on the big stage in 2015 by finishing second to King Ajamu and again in 2016 when he finished second to King Scholar, Calypsonian Rootsman Kelly finally wins his first Calypso Monarch title.
Despite what he dubbed, technical difficulties in the delivery of his first selection at the Dimanche Grass finals at the National Stadium last Sunday the veteran, Kelly Clyne aka “Rootsman Kelly” was able to bounce back to stage a convincing victory beating his closest rival, defending champion and nine times calypso king Findley Jeffery “Scholar” by some seven points.
According to the judges, Kelly amassed a total of 849 points with his selections “WMD” (Weapon of Mass Destruction) and “Cut it out.”
Scholar finished in the second position with 832 points; his selections “Magician” and Lift Me up, a song, which sought to pay homage to all who assisted him in one way or another during his twenty-five years in the Calypso business.
Finishing in third position was another veteran in the business, Sean Niles AKA Sour Serpent who scored 822 points with his selections “Real Stakeholders” and “Too Young to Pound.”
Sheldon Douglas finished in fourth position with 818 points, fifth was Killa B with 809 points, followed by Super Star in sixth position with 799 points, Baraka in position seven with 795 points, Teacher Eddie eighth with 794 points, Laura Lisa ninth with 791 points and bringing up the rear was Big J with 779 points.
Speaking to the media following his victory, Kelly said he is delighted to be the Calypso ambassador for Grenada. He took the opportunity to thank all who assisted him in that drive among them Natty Nuclear Dread, Kingman Edison “Ajamu” Mitchell among others.
Kelly told the media that his journey in the Calypso business has just begun. However, he noted that he would take a different approach to business, moving away from political commentaries to focus more on social commentaries.
The new monarch admitted that there were some technical difficulties with his first selection when two different tempos were played, however with advice from former calypso King Ajamu he was able to put those issues behind and get on with the task.