Helon Francis is the 2018 National Calypso Monarch.
Francis, a recent graduate of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Fine Arts programme, stopped all comers with a soulful call for new thinking, leadership and action amongst nationals in his jazzy “Change”.
Francis asked the packed Grand Stand to strive to better appreciate one another, singing: “Real change starts with you.”
The 24-year-old bard's cry for politicians to put aside partisan interests and focus on what's best for the country by honouring its cultural icons so “Black man can die happy” was met with a standing ovation by the filled middle section of the stand. He was referring to the inaction of the Government to honour ailing calypso icon The Black Stalin (Leroy Calliste), who is currently recovering from a stroke.