Barbadian Calypsonian takes Regional Female Calypso Crown at Montserrat’s ‘Festival 50’

Chrystal Beckles of Barbados reigned supreme over a group of talented female calypsonians to take the 2nd Euphony Vibes Regional Female Calypso title.

The competition was one of the major events on Montserrat’s Festival 50 calendar which runs until January 1, 2013.

Beckles performed sixth in each round singing two songs she wrote and arranged herself. In the first round she powerfully delivered Fly on the Wall and in the second, Forgive de Caribbean.

Shereena “Shea Shea” Richardson of Anguilla performs at Festival City, Montserrat during the first round of the 2nd Euphony Vibes Regional Female Calypso Competition on Friday, December 22, 2012. (A Wayne Fenton Photo)

Shereena “Shea Shea” Richardson of Anguilla performs at Festival City, Montserrat during the first round of the 2nd Euphony Vibes Regional Female Calypso Competition on Friday, December 22, 2012. (A Wayne Fenton Photo)

The winner told the Backstage Live Stream host Sharlene Lindsay she was very confident that she’d brought her all to the stage and that each of the women competing had done the same, making it very hard to know who the judges would choose.

Beckles was visibly shocked when her name was called ahead of Montserrat’s former female calypso monarch Silvina “Khandie” Malone who was first runner-up and Shereena “Shea Shea” Richardson who was third.

The other performers were last year’s champ Menell of St. Lucia, Singing Althea of Antigua & Barbuda, and Shaunelle McKenzie of St. Vincent & Grenadiines.

Chrystal Beckles of Barbados performs after winning the 2nd Euphony Vibes Regional Female Calypso Competition on Friday, December 22, 2012 at Festival City, Montserrat. (A Wayne Fenton Photo)

Chrystal Beckles of Barbados performs after winning the 2nd Euphony Vibes Regional Female Calypso Competition on Friday, December 22, 2012 at Festival City, Montserrat. (A Wayne Fenton Photo)

The winner takes home EC$ 8000 in cash and a round trip to London. The runner-up received EC$ 5000 and two-nights at the West End Hotel Suites in Anguilla.

For more information on Festival 50 visit montserratfestival.com or follow on Twitter at MNIFestival.

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