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iWeb nets fourth calypso crown

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Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley (right) and Samuel Gaston of Courtesy Garage (left) presenting 2023 Calypso Monarch iWeb with his trophy.

Ian iWeb Webster is the 2023 Calypso Monarch.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, the former calypso monarch and music teacher was named winner of the Courtesy Garage Pic O De Crop competition beating a line-up that included three former monarchs, repeat finalists and some young blood.

The Courtesy Garage Pic O De Crop saw a record 19 of the country’s finest calypsonians go toe-toe at the new Amphitheatre venue at the National Botanical Gardens, for the coveted title.

Police recorded that some 10 000 patrons attended the event.

iWeb can now boost of having four titles until his belt having won in 2013, 2014 and 2017.

Speaking after he was announced winner and accepted his prizes the new monarch told the NCF media team that he was thankful.

“I am thankful. I am honesty thankful. It was a very keen competition, You know AC was coming, Teri was coming, everybody in the mix was coming…. But, I was fortunate to be able to execute a great performance tonight and thankful for the victory.

“To people that are watching and are young, I would say to you when I was in school I would watch Pic O De Crop on TV, Friday nights. Of course growing up my favourite calypsonian was Red Plastic Bag. I have followed his career I have followed Gabby’s career.

He added: “When I started out I was imitating Gabby but I have been able to hone my skills over the years and I give credit to those two men for setting the pace and paving the way for me,” he said in an interview with the National Cultural Foundation.

iWeb, who amassed an impressive 128 points sang his Brain which was penned by the duo of himself and Cheyne Jones (The WaterStreet Boyz) and arranged by Roger Gittens.

The 2023 Calypso Monarch, who has the choice of a driving a Nissan E Power X-Trail valued at $135 000, compliments title sponsors Courtesy Garage, or $100 000 in cash.

His winnings also include $4 000 insurance compliments Cooperators General Insurance and $1 000 voucher from Henrietta’s Closet. He has until Wednesday, August 9 to make his decision.

iWeb, who hails from the First Citizens De Big Show thanked all who supported him and he credited his continual success to a “great team”.

AC, who placed second with 109 points took home $40 000; 2023 calypso monarch Quon who scored 79 points took third place with $20, 000 and Billboard came fourth with 73 points and left with $15 000.  Fifth to 10th place won $8 000 each while 11th to 19th won $6 000 each.

Senator Dr Shantal Munro-Knight presenting the second place cheque to AC.
Chairman of the NCF Dr Jasmine Babb presenting Quon with his third place cheque.
Chief Executive Officer Carol Roberts presenting Billboard with his fourth place cheque.

The competition was judged by: chief judge Leslie Lett, deputy chief Ryan Boyce, Sach Moore, Desmond Weekes, Joy Knight, Dr. Yvonne Weekes, Norton Brewster and Charlie Austin.

The NCF takes this opportunity to thank the sponsors, patrons, finalists, judges, band, production crew, police and security and all who played a role in making the Courtesy Garage Pic O De Crop Finals a success. (PR)

The full results as tabulated by our auditors PriceWaterhouseCoopers are as follows:

POSITIONARTISTESONGSCORE
1I-WebBrain128.0
2ACAnansi and the Big Bad Ram109.0
3QuonSing Quon Sing 79.0
4BillboardFoolish 73.0
5John YardeGospel According to John 71.0
6ChrystalDe Rescue 70.0
7Mr BloodHornology 69.5
8DonellaWho’s Next 69.0
9NiqaThe Chosen Few 66.0
10NathaleeNot For Sale 63.0
11TeriCat Piss and Pepper 53.5
12RaananMr Thankful 50.3
13CharismaHear 49.3
14KeerahCome Fuh Me 48.3
15Coopa DanReflection 45.0
16Eric LewisConversation with Mr. Satire 40.3
17RossHelping Hands 28.5
18RaheemChild Support 21.3
19BumbaChange De System 19.0

Written by: Info NCF

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