Congratulations to Helon Francis, the Calypso Monarch 2018.
At my time of writing there were 7,228 views on YouTube for his performance at Dimanche Gras.
Helon is part of a cohort of artistes like Kes Dieffenthaler, Nailah Blackman, Patrice Roberts, the Ultimate Rejects, Kerine Williams-Figaro (Tiny), Sasha Ann Moses, Preedy and many others who are making their mark after years of honing their craft, unknown to the rest of the population.
Ironically, when Helon was awarded the Calypso of the Year Award for his song “Paradise” at the 29th anniversary of the NACC Stars of Gold Calypso Awards, in October 2016 he was called a newcomer, according to a report from the Ministry of Community Development, Arts and Culture.
Helon’s current achievement has to be placed in a context from 2013 to the present.