2005 ABC Calypso Tent Opening Night

Yaa Arts Center, Notting Hill, London, UK
The show featured several calypsonians based in Britain and guest appearances by National Junior Monarch eight-year-old Shalleika Hazell, who had the crowd in stitches with her songs Hornerman and Barking Beef. She received an encore for her outstanding performance.

Lord Cloak - (Errol Brown)
With a total of twelve
wins under his belt, Trinidad born, Lord Cloak has won the Calypso Monarch crown the most times in London . Cloak’s style is reminiscent of the notable Trinidad Calypsonian “Lord Blakie”. Cloak is full of wit and humour as he often sings about the injustices done to calypsonians by the various Carnival Committees and his continuous reign. Some of his wining songs are Promoters, Give My Name an Ease, The Judges and Cloak Again. He last won the titile in 1999
The Very Best of Explainer Explainer was born Winston Henry on November 13, and grew up in San Juan, Trinidad. He earned his sobriquet from his calypsonian friends Relator, Prowler and Valentino who thought the name was apt since Henry was always "explaining" things to them.

Explainer started his musical career in 1969 at the Southern Brigade calypso tent earning a weekly salary of $50. He sang "School Children Education". He later joined Kitchener's Review before landing at Sparrow's Young Brigade in 1972.

Explainer has been a finalist in the Trinidad and Tobago National Calypso competition on numerous occasions and finished second in the 1982 Calypso Finals, Some of Explainer's hits include "Not Me and the Monarchy" and "Heroes" I Ain't Jammin; Zodiac Fever; Trini; Carnival; Tell Dem; Thanks; Politician; Dread

picture of Alexander D. Great musician   songwriter  calpso & steelpan artist

Another highlight of the programme was former Young King Brian London, who gave a stunning performance with his renditions of Tsunami and a song about the long time way of life in T&T.

Among the British calypsonians Lord Cloak was definitely the best performer, according to ABC President Ashton Moore. "He belted out his humorous ditty on the Judges in a truly professional manner that sent the audience wild. He was the only calypsonian to get two encores for the night."

Reigning Calypso Monarch Wen’D paid
tribute to the late Onika Bostic in one of her three songs. Wendy was mentored by the featured TnT Calypsonian Explainer. Her Kind Ah Man from 2004 has shown good legs throughout Downloadthe year with  becoming a women’s anthem of sorts. Wen’D had previously held the Calypso Monarch in 2001. Wen’D will be recording her 2nd album in 2005 and you can find some songs on her excellent web site which was launched in late 2004. [more]

Others appearing in the finals are  The Mighty Tiger, Alexander D Great, Lord Cloak, Admiral Jack, Totally Talibah, Mighty Explorer, Deloris Francis, Cleopatra, Helena B, Music Man, Peace & Love, H1, Clivus, G String

2003 Calypso Monarch Sandra Alexander  who was born in England, of St Lucian parentage is not in the finals this year. Her best known song from that year Black on Black is much remembered having become  the theme song for the ‘Mother’s Against Guns’ march.
"My favourite performers are Alexander D Great and Lord Cloak. Cloak has a unique way of expressing his songs, and Alexander is very eclectic with his songs." Sandra told the Soca News

The featured artist from Trinidad for the 2005 London Calypso Tent season is Explainer who wraps up the programme singing several of his big hits, among them Ras Mas and Heroes. The crowd called for his signature song Lorraine, which has them "dancing and chipping away" stated producer  Ashton Moore.

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