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Scholar crowned Independence Monarch 2024

In all of the crowns that I’ve won before, this one is absolutely special for me.

Those were the words of the newly crowned 2024 Independence Calypso Monarch Finley “Scholar” Jeffrey, after successfully dethroning the defending champion Nevion “Cox” with his captivating performance of ‘Still Young,’ in last week Saturday’s competition, adding a second Independence Monarch title to his celebrated list of national accolades.

The veteran Calypsonian and Soca Artiste, who walked away with the EC$15, 000.00 prize, first captured the coveted Independence Calypso Monarch Title in 1993 in his debut year.

The 50th Anniversary Independence competition finals were held at the Sauteurs Bus Terminus in Scholar’s hometown of St. Patrick, fondly referred to as ‘Crown City’ for its historical significance due to artistes from the north often winning national competitions.

Scholar had previously stayed away from the Independence competition following what he described as “bad experiences,” explaining that the kind of songs he sang created controversies.

However, he said that “because this occasion is so special, I felt that I had to add my name to this.

“It’s a special crown…” he quipped.

The defending champion Nevion “Cox” Cox, gracefully accepted his sixth-place finish with his selection ‘Change for 50.’

Cox said, while his placement is “unfortunate,” he has “no issue because at the end of the day Calypso won.

“Tonight was definitely historic. We had 10 really excellent calypsonians coming up tonight, each and every one of them did a splendid job, and at the end of the night the best man won, and I am satisfied with that,” he remarked.

Walking away with the second place prize of EC$12, 000.00 was Micah Joseph ‘Baracka’ who also placed second in last year’s competition. Baracka expressed satisfaction with his delivery of the song ‘50 Stories.’

Jermaine Simon, ‘Superstar,’ captured third position, winning EC$10,000 with her rendition ‘At 50’.

Entering the competition for the first time this year was Papa Jerry, who placed fourth with his selection ‘Happy Anniversary.’

“I felt that I had the best performance here tonight based on crowd reaction, based on everything,” he said while expressing disappointment with the judge’s decision.

However, the Crochu-based singer acknowledged that “the judges’ decision is final,” stating that he is “okay for now.”

The other finalists on this historic occasion were former Monarch Sean Niles ‘Sour Serpent’, with a song entitled ‘Lift me up,’ Kethura George ‘Kethura’, with her rendition ’50 going on 16,’ Jason Joseph ‘Big J’ with his selection ‘Torch’, Edison Francis ‘Teacher Eddie’ with a song called ‘Let’s Celebrate Gold,’ and Michael Prince ‘Prince’, with ‘Moments of Silence.’

The Independence Calypso competition is a cornerstone of the national cultural calendar, which serves as a platform for participants to honour the nation’s Golden Jubilee.

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