History was made last week, when for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago National Calypso Monarch competition the top three places went to women.
Terri Lyons was crowned National Calypso Monarch, while past monarch Karene Asche placed second and Heather McIntosh-Simon came third at the final at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain Trinidad.
With her first song, “Obeah,” Lyons, dressed in a black and red dress with a black hat, sand about people working Obeah to keep people down and steal husbands, “instead of working hard and getting you own bread, they using obeah to get your life instead”.
She also sang about politicians using obeah including the ones who robbed the Treasury but have not “made a jail as yet.”
It was her second song, “Megan My Dear,” which started with a skit of Queen Elizabeth 11 and Prince Harry discussing “black meat,” which delighted the crowd and got the judges nod.
She sang how Harry gave up his royal title for “black meat” – his wife Meghan. The calypso was reminiscent of Sparrow’s Congo Man refrain: “Ah Never Eat ah White Meat Yet.”
Lyons joins Calypso Rose (McCartha Lewis), Singing Sandra (Sandra DesVignes-Millington), Denyse Plummer and Karene Asche in the history books of women monarchs.
Lyons descends from Carnival royalty as she is the daughter of soca icon, Austin “Super Blue” Lyons, and sister of Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez. Super Blue is a 10-time Road March winner, and Lyons-Alvarez is also a record-breaker as the only woman to win both the Power and Groovy Soca monarch titles of the International Soca Monarch competition.
She is also only the third woman to win the Road March after Calypso Rose and Sanell Dempster.