Calypso Monarch Competition

From Antigua and Barbuda Calypso

The Calypso Monarch Competition is an annual calypso competition held as part of the annual carnival celebrations.


Year Winner Real Name Winning Song(s) Title #
1957 Styler Samuel Ryan Little Harry, Don't Back Back On Me 1
1958 Obstinate Paul Richards Dance, Dance, Dance, Obsti Will Sing Again 1
1959 Peculiar Fitzroy Richards Chemis, Shimmy 1
1960 Canary Eugene Henry Slapping Hands, Gem of the Caribbean 1
1961 Zemakai George Edwards Tribute to Radio Antigua, Fidel Castro 1
1962 Canary Eugene Henry Island People Names, Immigration Bill 2
1963 Tennyson Kenneth George Racial Tension, Gagarin 1
1964 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel No Place Like Home,Heritage 1
1965 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Blessed (The Child That Has Its Own), Beatles MBE 2
1966 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Paradox of Life, They Scorning Me 3
1967 Creole Manroy Hunte Independence Carnival, Neighbour, Neighbour 1
1968 Creole Manroy Hunte Martin Luther King, Proud Antiguans 2
1969 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Heart Transplant, Carnival on the Moon 4
1970 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Black Like Me, Technical School 5
1971 Calypso Joe Joseph Hunte Educate the Youths, Recorded in History 1
1972 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Star Black, Pull Together 6
1973 Swallow Rupert Philo March for Freedom, Push Ya Push Dey 1
1974 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel This Land, Lucinda 7
1975 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Awake, Cry for A Change 8
1976 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Inspite of All, Tourist Leggo 9
1977 Swallow Rupert Philo Dawn of a New Day, Jam Dem Back 2
1978 Swallow Rupert Philo One Love, One Hope, One Destiny, Whining 3
1979 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Not by Might, Kangaroo Jam 10
1980 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Help, Summer Festival 11
1981 Obstinate Paul Richards Independence, Fat Man Dance 2
1982 Obstinate Paul Richards Coming to Talk to You, Elephant Walk 3
1983 Obstinate Paul Richards Antigua's True Heroes, Children Melee 4
1984 Progress Glenmore Shepherd Madness, You Getting It 1
1985 Swallow Rupert Philo All is Not Lost, Tung Mash Dong 4
1986 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel World in Distress, Jennifer 12
1987 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Hari Kari, J'ouvert Rhythm 13
1988 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Aids, Fire 14
1989 Fiah Julian Lawrence One Family Affair, Faithful Nationals 1
1990 Zero Lynwall Joseph Kneel in Prayer, Speculation 1
1991 Zacari Trevor King Jail Dem, Guilty of Being Black 1
1992 Short Shirt McLean Emmanuel Share the Honey, Last J'ouvert 15
1993 Smarty Jr. Ira Harvey Never Again, Role of the Calypsonians 1
1994 Smarty Jr. Ira Harvey What Black Power Means, Cry for Change 2
1995 Smarty Jr. Ira Harvey Draw the Line, Follow the Leader 3
1996 Bankers Davidson Benjamin Me De Ras, Fire Go Bun Dem 1
1997 Onyan Toriano Edwards Crazy Man, Wile Out 1
1998 Onyan Toriano Edwards Stand Up For Antigua, Ghetto Life 2
1999 Onyan Toriano Edwards Family, Swim 3
2000 Onyan Toriano Edwards Criteria, Money 4
2001 Zacari Trevor King Fine Ants, Allergies 1
2002 Zero Lynwall Joseph Aids, I am Sorry 1
2003 Ivena Lena Philip Robin Hood, Agenda 1
2004 Ivena Lena Philip Reparation for Africa, After Lester 2
2005 Ivena Lena Philip Don't Pressure Me, What Did Castro Tell You Mr. Spencer 3
2006 Edimelo Tyrone Thomas Dat Was Yesterday, A Rose Is A Rose 1
2007 De Bear Keithroy Morson I Say No, Support Party 1
2008 De Pan Man Carl Richards De World Today Not Me and De Politicks 1
2009 Zacari Trevor King It was for you Barack, Just a dream 3
2010 De Bear Keithroy Morson Leopard come home, Don't Sing Bout De Judgment 2
2011 De Bear Keithroy Morson We Get The Change, Melee For Sale 3
2012 De Bear Keithroy Morson Take Your Place, Freedom For Mandela Again? 4
2013 Edimelo Tyrone Thomas Light of Hope, Ghetto Boys 2
2014 Thalia Thalia King Never Say Never, Heart and Soul 1
2015 De Bear Keithroy Morson Sing a Different Song, Can't Stop De Bear 5
2016 Thalia Thalia King My Guarantee, This Tenor Pan is Mine 2
2017 Zacari Trevor King Descendants of Uncle Tom, Carnival Anniversary 60 4
2018 Thalia Thalia King Ah Cry For Calypso, Steel Pan War 3
2019 De Bear Keithroy Morson A Ray of Hope, Let De Master Show You 6
2020 No Carnival - - -
2021 No Carnival - - -
2022 - Social Commentary Zacari Trevor King Of A Darker Hue 5
2022 - Bacchanal Tian Tian Winter In De Dance 1



  1. Past Calypso Winners Retrieved August 10, 2015