Monday, January 22, 2018

London is 2014 extempo king


STUDENT SCHOOLS THE TEACHER: 2014 Extempo king Brian London throws down the gauntlet to his seasoned opponent Phillip "Black Sage" Murray at "Kaisorama 2014 - The Night of Champions" at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain on Thursday. -Photo: DEXTER PHILLIP

Donstan Bonn


IT"S ALL ABOUT LOVE: Brian London and Phillip "Black Sage" Murray share a hug as they leave the stage during the 2014 Extempo final at National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain on Thursday. -Photo: DEXTER PHILLIP

Donstan Bonn

Brian London deservedly won the 2014 extempo title when he delivered a polished performance in his final round clash with Phillip "Black Sage" Murray at Thursday's 'Kaisorama 2014 - The Night Of Champions' competition at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port of Spain.

In the semifinal round, London got the better of Mark "Contender" John over four verses on their topic "Too Much Obeah in Calypso", while Murray won a keen contest with Joseph "Lingo" Vautor-La Placeliere. Their topic was "Benjai: How it Hang it Swing."

Murray got the ball rolling in the final as he choose to stay with topic of obeah in calypso. He accused London of dealing in obeah because he was dressed in black and had made the finals of numerous competitions, to which London replied he has placed his trust in God not obeah and was just reaping the blessings. He ended that verse by saying despite what Murray speaking about, tonight the crown heading down South. 

Murray next line of attack was on the emotions London displayed when his nephew Ronaldo London won the Junior Calypso Monarch. 

He said London was so depressed that he was seen crying all over the daily Express and that if he won the crown he would surely die. London responded saying it was true that he cried but they were tears of joy and everyone knew it takes a true man to cry.

Seeing the crowd's expression of support for London, Murray changed his line of attack and sang about the striking resemblance between London and his nephew.

He said he didn't know what was going on or who gave who a horn but Ronaldo was not London's nephew but his outside child. The champion quickly picked up the banter and said he never saw so much bacchanal since he born, the man singing about somebody getting horn, and then evoked an uproar with his closing lines, "Ah go tell you something go make you shock for your life, talking about horn tonight just go home and ask your wife."

Two more verses saw the crowd throw even more support behind London that in the sixth and final verse Murray graciously conceded. He sang that London was one of the young artiste he had the privilege to teach and that he was a product of his (Murray) and Winston "Gypsy" Peters extempo school.

London concluded by saying he was indeed schooled Murray and Peters, and appreciated Murray graciousness before both artiste hugged and walked off the stage.

It was indeed a case of the student schooling the teacher.

Two-time defending champion Lady Africa (Leslie Ann Bristow) did not make it out of the round of eight, which included David "Brother B' Browne and two newcomers in Sekon Sta (Nesta Boxhill) and Wendell Goodridge.  

London walked away with a cash prize of $150,000 while Murray collected $105,000 for his efforts.