LOUD cheers and screams emanated from a large crowd at the Anna Regina Car Park in Region Two when the winners of both the Regional Chutney and Calypso competitions were announced. The crowd was not surprised when Shamdai Singh Bennie, fondly known as `Sandra’, of Bushlot Village was named Essequibo’s Chutney Queen and Cromwell Mentis from Queenstown Village was crowned the new Calypso King. These two singers both have a passion for singing.
For almost eight years Chutney and Calypso adult competitions were not hosted in Region Two and the Regional Mash Committee had included the event this year as part of its Republic Celebrations. The Region had decided that both Calypso and Chutney contribute to Guyanese entertainment and therefore hosted the competition this year with the aim that this music will remain alive.
According to Deputy Regional Executive Officer, RoopKumar Persaud the Regional Administration of Region Two was delightful to host the competitions. He noted that it was something in the making for the past years. RoopKumar said the event was successful and offered congratulations to all those who took part.
Participating in the competitions were six calypsonian artistes and six chutney artistes. Each singer put up a relentless battle, determined to secure one of the three cash prizes which ranged from $25,000 to $10,000.