Karessah, who previously won titles in 2009, 2010 and 2015, romped to victory with his tunes “Minor Key” and ‘Second Round’.
He defeated nine other calypsonians including a former monarch, Denison ‘King Dice’ Joseph, who tied with “Daddy Chess” for second placed.
The competition was marred by the withdrawal of Garfford Joseph, one of the judges over his alleged remarks made about “Dice,” who had threatened to withdraw from the competition if the judge remained.
“There was an issue where he said something on social media, I think that he is not supposed to say as a judge, I think he went out of his way to expose his biasness and I think that wasn’t kind of a right,” Joseph told the online publication, Dominica Vibes.
Public relations officer of the Dominica Calypso Association, Davidson ‘Observer’ Victor, said it was regrettable the comments were made and urged all stakeholders to keep their views to themselves.
“You try to keep your opinion to yourself because what happens is that the moment you start to speak, people are going to take it and make what they want out of it. Anytime a statement is made, you’re going to have the public making something of it and you’re better off as a judge to just keep your opinion private, and keep it that way so I encourage people to do that,” Victor added.
Hundreds of revellers have taken to the streets here on Monday in the parade of bands and the festivities will end on Tuesday with the traditional street jump-up.
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