Calypsonians, ranging from kindergarten through high school, spent the afternoon on Christmas Day singing and dancing to the beats of calypso music at the St. Croix Educational Complex.
While many of the songs revolved around the seriousness of the troubled economy in the Virgin Islands, most of the winners still seemed to maintain the innocence of their youth with positive lyrics about music, dancing, and the joys of Christmas festival. Navaeh Crump, who attends Pearl B. Larsen Elementary School, won the Pee Wee division with “J’ouvert Morning,” a song about the joys of jumping and dancing during festival.
The crowd got excited when Aliyah “Queen Lisa” Hutchinson from Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School, came out to dance around the stage in a school uniform, to sing about the joys of eating traditional Crucian meals at school, like stew meat and rice, or corn beef and fungi, with her song “Lunch room Food.”
Dequisha Maraj, another Rivera student, came bouncing out in full regalia, wearing a pink plaid tie to go with her white shirt, to win the Intermediate Division with her song “Dancing Fever,” where she sang, and showed off her fancy footwork with a song about her passionate gift of dancing.
The iconic father of Calypso, Inc., Camille “King Derby” Macedon, headed up the 29th consecutive year for the show,