After four years in the wilderness and under the wings of King Ajamu, the hard-hitting political and social commentary of Scholar reign supreme on Dimanche Gras at the national stadium at Queen’s Park.
Scholar entered the competition Sunday night as the man to beat following the preliminaries and semi-final rounds of the competition when he scored the most points on the score sheets of the judges.
With his two selections “Clip my wings” and “Take Jab”, and singing in position eight, the school teacher from Chantimelle, St. Patrick Scholar ended with 866 points, 28 points ahead of the person in second place, Rootsman Kelly who ended with 838 points after singing, “Flowers before I die” and “A request to the king.”
The third place went to Brendon Mckie (Killa B) of the sister isle of Carriacou with 828 points from “Take a Stand” and “Dying and leave it.”
Scholar who spoke to members of the media after he was crowned said that out of all the winnings he has had over the years, this one is most special.
During last year’s competition, Scholar who has won the competition more than any one except King Ajamu placed a lowly 5th and was disappointed.
According to the newly crowned Calypso king that propelled him to redeem himself in 2016.
“After last year I learnt from it and I went back to the drawing board very, very early and I put out those songs as early as May. A lot of people had written me off and when you write off Scholar, that’s when I’m dangerous and I’ve proved it that I’m very dangerous when you write me off”, he said.
“I believe that I had strong songs with great quality, great strengths I didn’t need to put down. You know sometimes you feel like you don’t need to put down, tonight was a night that I didn’t need to put down,” he added.
The newly crowned kaiso king told reporters that throughout his years in competition, he felt for the first time that the crown was very difficult to win and he knew he had to do something special to emerge on top of the pack.
“It has me examining my craft – what it is that I’m doing wrong, where am I going wrong and I said to myself it had to be something that I needed to work on and I worked on it. The plan worked and this is the first crown really that I have won that I have worked with a plan from since last year when they announced me fifth,” he said.
When asked which calypsonian he feared the most in the competition, Scholar replied: “Honestly speaking you have to fear everybody.”
“I listened to them. You know on the night Ajamu can pull out all sorts of tricks in the bag so if you are not weary of Ajamu, you would have to be a fool and of course I must say that I am very, very pleased to see Inspector in Dimanche Gras… and you know when Inspector is in Dimanche Gras, anything can happen so those were the people I really had my eyes on,” he remarked.
THE NEW TODAY was unable to get a comment from last year’s winner “Ajamu” about his thoughts on the competition.
After being out of the Dimanche Gras show for the past 21 years, Elimus Gilbert (The Inspector) took the 9th position with 775 points and did not rule out being in the line-up again in 2017.
According to Inspector, a former Kaiso monarch and soca king, he was just happy to be a part of the finals.
“I mean it’s something I left years ago, I had no zeal for. I lost all interest…so just being in the finals I am happy. Next year if I decide to come back, I will come back with two serious, serious calypsoes…”, he said.
The official results for Dimanche Gras 2016 are as follows:
1st place – Findley Jeffrey (Scholar) 866 points
2nd – Kelly Clyne (Rootsman Kelly) 838 points
3rd – Brendon McKie (Killa B) 828 points
4th Edson Mitchell (Ajamu) 825 points
5th Sheldon Douglas – 813 points
6th Laura Richardson (Laura Lisa) 801 points
7th Sean Niles (Sour Serpent) 794 points
8th Allan Gaskin (Allan G) 786 points
9th Elimus Gilbert (The Inspector) 775 points
10th Edison Francis (Teacher Eddie) 774 points and 11th Micah Joseph (Baracka) 776 points.
The prizes for the competitors were not disclosed on the night of the competition but according to Spicemas this will be made public at the prize-giving ceremony to be held later in the month.