Dennis Bowman Retains Crown at New York Vincy Independence Calypso Competition


Nelson A. King writes that Dennis Bowman, perennial finalist in the national calypso competition in Vincy Mas, recently re-captured the New York Vincy Independence Calypso crown.

The veteran calypsonian won the crown in a field of five other contenders at Café Omar on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn-based Dynamite Calypso Tent, the lone Vincentian calypso tent in North America, organized the event. Singing “Take Care of SVG,” Bowman garnered 270 points — eight points ahead of his closest challenger, John “D Truth” Dougan (“For a Brighter Future”). Delano “Detector” Crawford (“Welcome”) placed third, with 244 points.

Other contenders were: Kenroy “Jakie” Jack (“One Day”); Vincent “Groovy D” Kennedy (“We Different”); and Francis “Stryker” Brown (“How Independent Are We?”). Earl “Exposer” Isles and Gregory “Brother Don” Oliver were listed to compete but did not appear. Meryn “Bob MC” Bobb gave the opening prayer but also did not compete.

“It’s always a great feeling to come out on top in any competition,” Bowman, who tied for the third spot with Shenell McKenzie in the National Calypso Monarch Competition in Vincy Mas 2015, told Caribbean Life afterwards. “I knew I had a powerful song,” he added. “It was just a matter of going up and making a great presentation on stage, and that I did.”

In “Take Care of SVG,” Bowman urges that “every man, every woman, every child must work together as one to make a better St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” He also appealed to local politicians to “come together and stop the fussing and fighting.” [. . .]

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