February 20, 2009
Kijah Gani takes Police HIV/AIDS Calypso Trophy

Organizers of the inaugural National HIV/AIDS Calypso competition, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, came in for high praise, after what was deemed a very successful competition.{{more}}

Acclaim was showered on the top brass of the Force for organizing the competition which took place on Friday, February 13, at Heritage Square.

The event saw 10 calypsonians singing safe sex-themed renditions based on the competition’s theme ‘Responding to HIV/AIDS through music and song”.

At a press conference and awards ceremony on Monday, February 16, at police headquarters, Deputy Commissioner of Police Bertie Pompey congratulated the calypsonians for what was described as powerful renditions, and gave kudos to the his counterparts who organized the event, in collaboration with the National AIDS Secretariat and the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Pompey also lauded the good behaviour of the audience at the Square.

Head organizer, Superintendent Artis Davis, indicated that the successful staging of the event was a clear indication that the modern police force is not only confined to law and order, but is also society and community based.

He also thanked the local calypsonians association for assisting in the organization of the event.

The Goddess Kijah Gani emerged at the top of the ten finalists, with her rendition “What Ah See”. Her win earned her a trophy, a certificate and EC $5,000.

In second place was Shernelle ‘Skarpyon’ Williams, who sang “Let’s Save This Generation”, while Glenroy Sulle Caesar took the third prize with “AIDS Apeal”.

The other finalists included Eldon ‘Soca King’ Delpesche, Michael ‘Bosault’ Daniel, Phylicia Alexander, Sharene Glasgow, Quintyn ‘Mighty Toiler’ Toby, Anando ‘The man cross’ John and Ronald ‘Ron B’ Browne. (JJ)