First calypso tent for 2017 season



PHILIPSBURG – RAW Promotions Foundation under the auspices of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF), in collaboration with the FCDSM, presents the first calypso tent for the 2017 Carnival season.

The official opening of Carnival in the north took place last Saturday, February 4, and was followed by the children’s candy parade on Sunday, February 5.

However, on Tuesday, February 21, the Carnival Village in Galisbay, Marigot will come alive when calypso fans will get a rare opportunity to see their favorite calypsonians perform in a calypso tent.

Performing will be ten calypsonians: King Beau Beau, The Mighty Phox, Empress Ebony, Lady Righteous, Doctor Ray, Sheera, The Mighty Pepper, The Chipman, His Majesty Baker Jr., and the reigning calypso monarch of St. Maarten Shakiya.

“It is important to note that this is not a competition, so the artists are free to put on a show for their fans, said RAW Promotions Foundation President Fernando Clark.

The show starts at 8:00pm sharp and will climax early as the following day is a working day.

“We want patrons to come out and enjoy the entire show, so we don’t intend to go on too long,” Clark commented.

When asked about his involvement in the show, Clark answered: “Oh, I will be the MC for the evening, so you can expect a lot of laughter and, yes, it is quite possible that I will be singing a song or two, too.”

The calypsonians will be backed by D’Orchestra band, the same band that will be providing the musical accompaniment for the eliminations and the finals shows.

The entrance fee to the village is US $10, or €10, at the gate. The show is sponsored by Nagico and UTS/Chippie.

The next calypso tent is scheduled for March 17.