Before a mostly female audience at the National Park, educator Onicka Joseph proved that “Woman is Boss” in Guyanese Calypso again.
With a total of 246 points, Onicka Joseph emerged as the new Calypso Monarch of Guyana with her tribute to women piece, “Woman is Boss”.
An elated Joseph sat in disbelief as her name was announced as the winner, she quickly got up to the hugs and screams of supporters and the audience as she made her way back to the stage to tell them “Woman is Boss”.
The calypso piece speaks of the strength of women in Guyana and how they are able to overcome any situation, from the class to the bedroom. It was an instant hit with the National Park audience as they sang the chorus whenever they were cued during Onicka’s performance.
Onicka Joseph dethroned Linden’s Diana Chapman as she captured the Monarchy. Champman ended up in the third position with her “Something is Coming” piece. The song offered the positive outlook for Guyana as it prepares for an oil economy.
Former Monarch, King Perai, quietly captured the 2nd position with his “deh frighten the green” infectious piece that had the crowd rolling in laughter. Perai’s song examined the coalition government and how everything was going green in Guyana since it took over, much to the annoyance of the former government. The audience loved it.
Rounding out the top 4 was former junior Calypso monarch, T’Shana Cort, performed a beautiful piece called “Secrets”. The song traveled through many of the social problems in Guyana that people sometimes keep quiet, from illness to drug trafficking to abuse.
Although the audience embraced the judge’s decision, many appeared shocked that reigning Junior Monarch, Jovinski and Mighty Believer were unable to clinch one of the top spots. Jovinski’s “Calypso” traced the history of Calypso music as he played on the audience’s minds with his words and situations. Mighty Believer had the crowd rolling with “Doctor of Doom”, a song that examined the Opposition Leader and his criticism of the current government.
Other notable performances came from Abigail James with “No Ole Time Calypso” and Young Bill Rogers who offered to “Grade the Bandits”.
The Calypso Finals was simulcast live on NCN television and its radio stations all across the country. The event was sponsored by beverage giants, Banks DIH Limited and the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion and Culture.