A female, who has entered the National Calypso Competition for the first time this year, is creating a stir among her fellow artistes and lovers of the artform.
Georgia Charles Mc Intyre, who goes by the stage name “The Messenger”, is one of the nine Calypsonians who will be challenging the reigning nine-times Calypso Monarch, King Ajamu for the National Calypso title on Sunday.
The Messenger, a member of the Calypso Kingdom Tent, topped the list in the preliminary round of the competition with 487 points, and maintained that top position amassing 814 points in the semi-final stage of the competition that was held at the Grenville Bus Terminus
in St. Andrew’s with her songs, “Just One Mile” and “The Voice.”
With little being known about The Messenger, the red flag went up about her nationality as she resides in the Twin-Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
A video of The Messenger performing “The Voice” at a calypso competition in Trinidad in February 2015 surfaced on social media days after the semi-final was held.
However, Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Cultural Foundation, Shirma Wells told a local radio station that Spicemas Corporation conducted due diligence on the female Calypsonian and it shows that she is a Grenadian by birth.
Wells, who sought to clarify that The Messenger is a Grenadian confirmed that she lived in Trinidad, and that she is a Grenadian.
“This has been confirmed by the Immigration Authority in Grenada.
There is a birth certificate that proves that as well,” she said.
In her own defense, The Messenger, who appeared at a Carnival entertainment activity in downtown St. George’s last week Friday, said she is a Secondary School Teacher who was born in Grenada and “raised in Trinidad and Tobago.”
She indicated that all of her generations are from Grenada and Carriacou.
“It was never my intention to create any controversy… It is unfortunate that I am in the midst of it (the identity controversy). I didn’t make it and I don’t like it,” she remarked.
The Messenger, one of two women Calypsonians who are in the final, said she started singing and participating in calypso in 2010.