Cummins-Beckles to vie for calypso crown

Chrystal Cummins-Beckles to represent Barbados at regional calypso competition.

will represent Barbados in the Regional Female Calypso Monarch Competition.

It will take place in Montserrat on December 21, as part of that country’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

Cummins-Beckles, who was nominated by the National Cultural Foundation, was the lone female finalist in this year’s Pic-O-De Crop competition and will be entering two self-penned social commentaries. She will render Fly on De Wall from this year’s competition and Forgive De Caribbean, which she performed in the 2011 Pic-O-De-Crop competition.

Cummins-Beckles, a seasoned and consummate professional, developed her craft on the stages of NIFCA since 1999 and Crop-Over since 2005. In the latter competition, she has been a finalist on three occasions, 2010, 2011 and 2012, and a semifinalist in 2007 and 2008.

She was among the first intake in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programme at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus and graduated in 2010. From there she went on to successfully pursue a Master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Cummins-Beckles also holds an Associate Degree in Music from the Barbados Community College and is a skilled pianist and a songwriter.

The competition is being staged by the Euphony Vibes of Montserrat and will be streamed live to the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Euphony Vibes is a cultural organisation in Montserrat which successfully produced the first regional female competition in 2011. The winners were represented from St. Lucia who placed first, Dominica came second and St. Kitts was third.

This is the second year of the competition.

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