Sunday 22 September, 2019

Cash choice for Classic

Last Wednesday live on Festival Stage Classic decided to take the cash (NCF)

Last Wednesday live on Festival Stage Classic decided to take the cash (NCF)

The 2019 Courtesy Calypso Monarch, William ‘Classic’ Waithe was given a few days to decide on which one of the prize options he was going to take- the fully loaded NISSAN X-Trail or the $100,000 in cash.

Last Wednesday, August 7 was D-Day, decision day and live on Festival Stage to a tuned in television audience on CBC TV 8, Classic decided.

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This now two-time winner of the Calypso Monarch title was quite gracious in making his announcement. He thanked the sponsor Courtesy Garage Limited for their support of the event and for offering the vehicle, acknowledging that it is a very beautiful and tempting vehicle, but he noted, “...At this moment I would have to go with the cash, it is more pragmatic and makes more sense at this time of my life.”

Carol Roberts-Reifer, Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) who was in studio to witness the announcement, expressed gratitude to the Management and Staff of Courtesy for again coming on board and, in this year, taking a chance on the NCF, on the new structure of the competition and by extension the Calypsonians and the Calypso Tents.

In the interview she added that the new format of one song did as it was intended, to begin to revive this Kaiso tradition. It certainly inspired the participation of somewhere in the vicinity of about 97 entrants, the most ever recorded in this competition. It also encouraged more creativity and pushed the participants to bring their A-Game to the stage.

The prospect of a brand new vehicle or $100,000 in cash lured Calypso veterans who had long retired, current participants, new entrants from other genres and some of the eligible Junior Monarchs.

Regional Product Manager for Courtesy Garage Limited, Samuel Gaston gave the company’s commitment to looking at more creative ways of making it an attractive offering for the competitors.

As for Classic, there is no turning back. He is ready to defend in 2020 and he even has a song already prepared. He is also looking into his options to spread his wings outside of his comfort zone of social commentary and perhaps into the party arena.

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