BRADES, Montserrat – For the second time in three years, Herman ‘Cupid’ Francis is Montserrat’s Calypso Monarch. A packed Cultural Centre enjoyed the fiercely competitive finals, which was the culmination of the eliminations and the semi-finals and saw 33 calypsonians whittled down to nine to take on the reigning monarch.
Staking his claim very early in the competition last Thursday evening with ‘The Tree’, Cupid won the crown with 774 points, 46 points ahead of the first runner up Black Jaguar. The Black Jaguar, who was making his first appearance in the calypso competition, also won the “Best Newcomer” prize. Continue reading
BRADES, Montserrat – Miss Montserrat 2010 is Robekah Lindsey, a 20-year-old employee of Montserrat Utilities Ltd., who was also her sponsor.
Lindsey wowed a standing room only crowd at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on Sunday, December 26, 2010 beating out six other competitors for the title. She also received the prizes for top talent and the interview segments.
This competition was highly anticipated as there had been no pageant in festival 2009. The contestants vied for the title by competing in a public presentation segment on December 20th called Phenomenal Woman, and in the final show in talent, interview, bathing suit, and evening wear presentations.
The runners up were Jaynelle Buffong, 1st Runner Up; Zenique Leonard, 2nd Runner Up and 3rd Runner Up – Delmeza Riley. Leonard took the Best Evening Wear Prize, Delmeza the Best Swimwear category, while Jaynelle won best Public Presentation. Danielle Bretton won Most Photogenic and Shaunna Farley won Miss Congeniality.
The new pageant queen takes home a Toyota Vitz and a host of prizes. The others received cash prizes, as well as Blackberry phones, gift bags, and spa and pedicure gift certificates. Each participant received a plaque for participating.
BRADES, Montserrat – Are You Ready? Alright Then! ArrowFest 2010 has begun! On Friday evening, the festival was officially opened at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, which will serve as the main arena for many of the key events this season.
Minister of Agriculture Easton Taylor-Farrell who is also a minister of religion, gave the opening prayer and reigning Calypso Monarch Sylvina “Candie” Malone sang the national song.
Throughout the evening, performances were given by the Shamrock Masqueraders and the String Band, with appearances from the contestants in the MonFest Queen and the Sunrise Productions Teen pageants.
Following the passing of the Soca King of the World Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell MBE in September, the Montserrat Festival Committee (MonFest) renamed the annual cultural festival ArrowFest, to honor the legacy of an artist, businessman and friend who placed Montserrat on the world stage.
Chairman of MonFest Gregory Willock said despite the challenges of the past year, the festival promises to be one to remember. The main concerts and competitions will be held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre, the street parades will take place in the village of Salem, while other activities will happen around the island. This, he said makes ArrowFest an island-wide event. He thanked all of the committee members and private organizations who have been working tirelessly to bring the festival to fruition.
Minister of Education Colin Riley officially opened ArrowFest 2010 and commended the many volunteers who help to make the festival happen annually. “Volunteers give of their time, talent and treasure to help us as we go through the four major festivals in our year…Calabash Festival, the (Alliouagana) Literary Festival, St. Patrick’s Week and ArrowFest.”
The official also called for the continued teaching of the masquerade dance and that it must be included in the island’s cultural policy. He admitted to not knowing the traditional dance and desired that every national should learn it and enable its continuity through the ages.
ArrowFest 2010 is primarily sponsored by the Government of Montserrat through the Office of the Chief Minister and the platinum sponsor is the telecommunications provider LIME. Fly Montserrat, Tradewinds Real Estate and the Royal Bank of Canada are also key supporters.
Watch ArrowFest 2010 live online on www.zjb.gov.ms.
View pictures from each ArrowFest 2010 event on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spirit-of-Montserrat/103640209673708.