The Merchant

The Merchant

Calypso icons and our current soca stars will once again be sharing the stage at “Calypso Spektakula Thru the Years”, February 1 at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s; February 7 at Centre of Excellence in Macoya; and February 8 at the Southern Academy for Performing Arts, San Fernando. Can the current soca stars withstand the experience of our calypso legends as they display their versatility in the art form?

On the premiere night of Calypso Spektakula Thru the Years, patrons can look out for a special tribute to the great calypsonian and prolific songwriter The Merchant (the late Dennis Franklyn Williams), by his son Sekon Sta (Nesta Boxhill).

Since being labelled Carib’s “Breakout Artiste of the Year” in 2015, Sekon Sta’s career has been on the rise as an entertainer and songwriter. Back then he delivered a song called, “The Best”, which was adored and considered a hit with his new fans. The young radio personality who works at Slam 100.5 FM (Trinidad), made good of his opportunity that year, performing at a number of Carnival events and even entering the International Soca Monarch competition. On stage at the semi finals of the competition he had intrigued the audience when he serenaded his mother, bringing her on stage for all to see.

Other songs like “Aye Yo”, “Kings and Queens”, “Maximum”, “Put In That Work”, “Mamacita” and “My World”, have solidified 31-year-old Sekon Sta as a rising soca star. The sky is certainly the limit and with many looking to him for his songwriting capability, he will more than likely make even greater strides as a songwriter in the years to come as well. Among the artistes for whom Sekon Sta has written are Nadia Batson, 5Star Akil (Akil Borneo) and Alison Hinds.

Sekon Sta has admitted that his mother, Ruthlyn Dickson Boxill, tried to pull him away from the industry, but soon realised it was no use. She took him to start working with former calypsonian, and now gospel artiste Chris “Tambu” Herbert. Sekon Sta has never had a problem as a performer or engaging with the audience because Tambu honed his “talent and understanding” of calypso as a performer.

Be sure to purchase your tickets for the 2020 edition of Calypso Spektakula Thru The Years at Cleve’s- Frederick St; Crosby’s—St James; Queen’s Hall Box Office—St Ann’s; SAPA Box Office—San Fernando; Seon’s Bar—Royal Road; Atherly’s by the Park; Disko Mart—Tunapuna; all Lotto booth centres; and online at

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WHOEVER thinks calypso is a dying art form need only look in the direction of emerging stars like Sharissa Camejo. The 18-year-old took home her second National Junior Calypso Monarch title on Monday following a convincing performance of her nation-building song “Everything We Can”. She won her first Junior Calypso Monarch title at the age of 14.

Terri Lyons roared twice on Thursday.

The combative entertainer first bared tooth and nail to dominate the competition with her potent offerings “Obeah” and “Meghan My Dear” at the National Calypso Monarch final, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

For many years, it has been hailed as Fantastic Friday, but that is now quite debatable since some people consider the International Soca Monarch (ISM) of today to be a lacklustre version of what the competition used to be.