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Roots Calypso Tent opens Saturday at Marlmount Big Yard

Rootsman Kelly – the leader of Roots Calypso Tent in St. David

This weekend, the Roots Calypso Tent will officially launch its highly anticipated Calypso season.

The first show, set to take place at Marlmount Big Yard in St. David on Saturday evening starting from 7.00 p.m. promises to be a spectacular event, featuring a 17-member cast of seasoned performers and rising stars.

The cast includes some of Grenada’s most celebrated calypsonians.

Reigning Calypso Monarch Rootsman Kelly will lead the charge, joined by former monarch Sour Serpent, Small Axe, and Top Cat – all formerly associated with the renowned St. Andrew-based Kaiso Bards Tent, which is led by 10 times Calypso Monarch Scholar.

The lineup also features Grenada’s reigning Carnival Queen, Amonai Francis, who will perform alongside fellow female artists Royalty, Myney, and Mini Axe – the youngest performer and daughter of Small Axe.

Other members of the Roots Calypso Tent include the singing sensation Super Flying Flint, the dynamic Quick Silver from Carriacou, and the versatile Sheldon Douglas.

Audiences can also look forward to performances by Croqueta, Innocent, Young Sound, Grenada Michael Jackson, Jah Glory, and Robert Whyte, who will be making his debut on the Calypso scene.

Tickets for Saturday’s launch are priced at $20, and for those unable to attend in person, a Pay-Per-View option is available at [](

Rootsman Kelly, has assured fans that the 2024 season will be one for the books.

“Marlmont Big Yard would be the place to be on Saturday (and) based on the response from people who have pledged their support we expect a packed big yard. I think everyone of us as artiste on this cast are capable of pulling in many fans…the cast is so powerful that it speaks for itself. So, I am really excited about the launch,” Roots declared in an interview on Thursday.

The 2023 Monarch, who has already released his defending songs for this year’s national competition, has announced plans for the tent to have at least four to five shows throughout the island during the highly anticipated Carnival season.

Fans can follow the Roots Calypso Tent on Facebook for the latest updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses as the season unfolds.

As the Roots Calypso Tent kicks off the season after a two-year hiatus, it sets the stage for a vibrant celebration of Calypso music and culture.

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