Spade crowned Crucian Carnival Calypso King

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ST. CROIX - King Cedric "King Spade" Brookes retained his crown this morning during the Crucian Christmas Carnival Calypso Monarch Competition at Island Center for the Performing Arts. Spade was crowned after 2 a.m.

The first runner up was Samuel "Mighty Pat" Ferdinand, and the second runner up Temisha "Caribbean Queen" Libert.

Campbell "King Kan" Barnes took home the Most Humourous award; Mighty Pat and Spade won for Best Social Commentary; and King Spade took top honors for Best Political Commentary.

Competitors performed two sets of songs and were judged on lyrics, melody, clarity, presentation and rendition.

The crowd laughed loud and constantly throughout the show and cheered in agreement at certain times as the calypsonians performed with props and danced on stage.

King Spade's message was somber. He said he planned to sing about having a good time but he couldn't ignore the problems facing Luis Hospital because it's something people need to hear.

King Blazer, singing "Awake Sweet Virgin Islands," Liberator, belting out "Power to the People," and King Emmanuel, with "Hold On," called on residents to build local businesses and find solutions to rising crime and other issues.

King Kan, as usual, brought the wow factor, taking to the stage in nothing but bright white adult diapers as he pushed a shopping cart. He sang about the rising cost of living that makes essentials such as clothing difficult to afford.

Caribbean Queen was a crowd favorite too. She drew thunderous applause when she took to the stage in a Superwoman costume, complete with cape and red pumps. She belted out "To the Rescue," which made references to the a number of issues facing the V.I. - high WAPA bills, government corruption, rising crime and struggling businesses.

Times are rough but "nobody coming to rescue we," she sang.

Saw Dust's "Respect Your Teacher" encouraged children to do well in school and respect their teachers, while Mighty Pat's "Bypass Me" made mention of the new Christiansted Bypass while calling on the government to pass him over with high bills and taxes.

Lynda "Nikki" Brooks closed out the first round with "Who Tell You to do that," bashing the Carnival organizers for changing the name of the annual celebration from festival to carnival without consulting the community. "Festival is more than just a name like you think, it is tradition and legacy. It's festival, not carnival. Don't change my name," she sang.

The Carnival committee honored Elrose "Mickey" Richards for his continued sponsorship of the show, and Llewellyn Westerman, a longtime competitor.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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