Grenada’s reigning calypso monarch retires – “Scholar” vex over poor conditions during competition

The Spice Isle’s ruling calypso monarch Findley ?Scholar? Jeffries, proclaimed his retirement from competing less than two weeks before he’s due to defend his title in the national competition.

Scholar, who has won the calypso monarch five times, said he was now in the process of completing a bachelor?s degree and is also frustrated by the treatment meted out to calypsonians, particularly during last year?s Carnival celebrations.

I made the decision sometime ago and it?s very late now to go and put things together. Plus I have been finishing up my degree and it takes a lot from you in terms of your mind,” said Scholar, a school teacher by profession.

So I have decided this year that I was not going to enter competition and as far as I am concerned so far my decision basically still stands.”

The start of last year?s national calypso final was delayed by four hours because of a dispute between organisers and one of the two calypso associations over the use of foreign judges.

Also, calypsonians have complained that they were inadequately accommodated and forced to use waterlogged changing rooms after bad weather dumped heavy showers over the venue.

So, it?s not because I do not have songs,” Scholar explained.

It?s just that with all of the frustrations and so on and especially what happened last year in Dimanche Gras. When I saw what happened I said to myself, ?This is it. I am not coming back?.”

Scholar, a calypsonian for the past 15 years, is two titles away from equalling Edson ‘Ajamu‘ Mitchell?s feat of winning the national monarch a record seven times.

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