“Karessah” Wins Cooperative Movement Calypso Competition
It was a packed night of excitement and calypso at the Harlem Plaza, on Saturday December 1st as the Dominica Cooperative Movement held its first ever Calypso Competition.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the competition, Minister of Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Mrs. Gloria Shillingford stated cooperatives are very important to national development.
She also commended the Management and staff of the Cooperative Movement for the idea of this Calypso Competition.
The Cooperative Movement Calypso Competition was organized as part of the organization’s celebration of International Year of Cooperatives.
She said the objective was to enlighten and to heighten public awareness of the numerous opportunities for development, which exists for development in the Cooperative model of business.
Mrs. Shillingford pointed out that it will also bring greater focus on the potential of Cooperatives for fostering economic growth hence national development.
The show started off with Rennick Toussaint singing a song dedicated to the Cooperative Movement, which was followed by the first competitor Leyona Peters singing “Power To The Movement.”
As the competiton went on the crowd was thoroughly entertained as there was never a dull moment with the Master of Ceremonies, Val ‘Young Bull’ Cuffy and Peter Prosper.
At the end of the night’s competition, there could only be one winner which was in the person of Former two time calypso monarch of Dominica Gregory “Karessah” Riviere.
Mr. Riviere won with a song entitled “The Cooperative Spirit” from a field of 14 competitors, which earned him $7000 cash.
2012 Q Talent Show winner, Rachel Jno. Baptiste placed second with her song “Unless We Believe”.
Reigning Junior Monarch, Janae Jackson, came third with her song “Join A Cooperative.”
Other competitors included the Bobb, Manhimself, Vigilante, Beno, Checko, Swallow, Big Jeff and QTS finalist, Leona Peters.