Vincy Mas 2012

Tajoe expecting tough competition in bid to retain crown

Defending National Calypso Monarch Maxwell “Tajoe” Francis.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Defending National Calypso Monarch Maxwell “Tajoe” Francis is confident that he will retain the crown on Sunday, although he is expecting strong competition from four of the 10 other finalists.

Tajoe told I-Witness News on Tuesday that while he has not heard the second song of all the other contenders he is expecting a tough challenge from Poorsah, Brother Ebony, Joy-C, and Fya Empress.

“I think I have a pretty good chance because I have a strong song that is very current,” Tajoe, however, said of “Read Between the Lines”.

The song deals with violence against women, a topical issue, Tahoe noted, and mentioned the killing of two women over the past two weeks.

“It will be left to my performance on the night,” Tajoe said of the song and added that he is “working on a presentation that will help to bring it (the song) alive even more”.

His second song will deal with world hunger, “an international topic”, which Tajoe said has not been adequately highlighted in calypso.

He said many people do not know of populations, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, where drought has led to failed crops and severe shortage of food.

Tajoe, a history and social studies teacher at the Sandy Bay Secondary School, has been writing calypso for 15 years and competing for nine years.

He is probably the only person to write winning songs for the primary and secondary calypso monarch the same year, a feat he accomplished in 2003.

This year, Tajoe wrote three of the songs in the junior competition.

He penned “Making A Dream A Reality”, sung by Abigail “Abbi” Alexander of the Fancy Government School, which was second in the primary school competition; “Island in the Sun” sung by Deroney “The Messenger” May, who placed third in the secondary school calypso segment; and for Kurtney “The Soca Man” Pompey of the Sandy Bay Secondary school.

Tajoe also rewrote one verse of “Jail Them”, sung by Iran “Calypso Rasta” Pommry, who competed in the secondary segment of the calypso competition.

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3 thoughts on “Tajoe expecting tough competition in bid to retain crown

  1. A talented brother Tajoe is. But I hope he puts more effort into delivering his song and not overemphasizes the dramatization. Many would agree that too many kaisos are over dramatized which adds often very little to the performance: too often distracting.

    Posted by Dexter E.M. Rose | July 5, 2012, 13:15
  2. Let me say this now…Tajoe has more than a 55% chance to retain his crown. There are three main challengers to his crown: Brother Ebony, Rejector and Abijah. The others just making up the number; Poorsah first song is CRAP…Joy-C first song is so and so…and fyah empress song is weak and only got into the finals on her powerful voice…and for that reason alone…she is a dark horse, the girl could sing.

    I like Rejector’s two songs…and hopefully he put forward a strong delivery on the night and he could be in business…but ah afo say…my FAVORITE KAISO FOR 2012 BY A MILE, IS BROTHER EBONY’S RENDITION…THAT IS ARGUABLY THE MOST CLEVER PIECE OF WRITING IN A SONG, I HAVE HEARD IN A LONG TIME. I really hope he has a very good second song, if he does…BROTHER EBONY GONE CLEAR.

    Mr ROSE, maybe the JUDGES NEED TO EMPHASIZE THAT POINT YOU ARE MAKING, IN THEIR JUDGING CRITERIA. If the JUDGES DEDUCT POINTS FOR OVER-DRAMATIZATION…I am sure the competitors will get the message. I believe there is too much emphasis on STAGE PROPS AND ACTING…JUST SING THE @#$% SONG! SKINNY FABULOUS IS THE WORST OFFENDER IN THIS REGARD.

    Posted by Saadiss | July 5, 2012, 20:30
  3. Well, there will be a NEW KING…Tajoe deserves a bulwood for bringing back the same melody from last year…wtf

    While i am no fan of poorsah first song….ah must admit the rendition of BOTH SONGS was far superior than most…THIS IS POORSAH CROWN…JOY-C SECOND…FYAH EMPRESS THIRD…at least Tajoe was RIGHT about the persons who will threatened his crown..lol

    Brother Ebony SECOND SONG…was good, but the rendition was not on par for the night.

    Posted by Saadiss | July 9, 2012, 00:08

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