Attorney will be among the finalists at the 2017 Trinidad-Tobago calypso monarch competition

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  – Rondell Donowa, a 30-year old attorney, is one of the 15 finalists who will be vying for the crown  in the Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah here on Sunday.

Donowa who hails from South Trinidad, said that being in the final was the fulfilment of a dream he had since he was a young performer.

“I’ve been performing now for 25 years and have won junior titles along the way. In 2013 and 2014 I was crowned the South Calypso Monarch but to make it to the finals is a real joy. Spectators could look forward to an enhanced performance come this Sunday. I intend to give the crowd a real treat,” he added.

Another southerner, Terri Lyons, who has enjoyed a good season on the soca scene this year, is also making it to the final for the first time as is Tobago’s Lady Adanna.

Several former champs, including Winston “Gypsy” Peters, who received the toilet paper treatment from calypso fans  at Skinner Park in San Fernando on the weekend, Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins, Kurt Allen, Roderick “Chucky” Gordon and Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool, also made the cut.

The finalists will all be attempting to dethrone reigning monarch Devon Seales for the prestigious crown.


  1. Cro Cro
  2. Gypsy
  3. Queen Victoria
  4. Terri Lyons
  5. Sasha Ann Moses
  6. Rondell Donowa
  7. Chucky
  8. Miguella Simon
  9. Lady Adanna
  10. Fya Empress
  11. Kurt Allen
  12. Karene Asche
  13. Heather Mc Intosh
  14. Chalkdust
  15. All Rounder

Lady Gypsy (Reserve)