- Nikki Crosby addresses the audience at Republic Bank's Calypso Ruction staff competition, which took place at the Bank's Sports Club on February 18.
- Curlissa "Soca Lissa" Charles performs her song, "De Asylum" at Blue To Meh Heart, Republic Bank's annual Calypso Ruction competition. Soca Lissa won first place at the competition, which took place at the Bank's Barataria Sports Club on February 18.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, February 21, 2014: Republic Bank‘s High Street Branch staff member, Curlissa “Soca Lissa” Charles, defended her crown at “Blue to Meh Heart”, the Bank’s annual Calypso Ruction competition, held at their Barataria Sports Club, on Tuesday night (February 18).
Soca Lissa’s piece, entitled “De Asylum”, won her the challenge trophy and first place prize, along with the prize for Best Social Commentary. This year, the Bank included a Retro Riddims Segment, wherein the performers rendered a vintage Calypso. Soca Lissa also won first place in this segment, with her rendition of Singing Sandra’s “Ancient Rhythms”.
The competition has taken place for over 25 years. It gives staff an opportunity to display their singing and performing abilities. The staff members attend a series of auditions and they compete for the top three prizes as well as six special prizes.
Second place winner, Credit Card Centre’s Jeri-Mia “Jeri-at-Tricks” Antoine, wowed judges, Michael Germain, Penelope Spencer and Jocelyn Sealy, with her “Republic Hustler”. Her performance also took the Best Rookie, Most Humorous and People’s Choice titles - an excellent feat for a first-time performer. Kirlann “Kirly Wirly” Primus, of the Cipero Street branch, claimed the third place trophy with her Calypso, “Only in Trinidad”.
The Best Banking Tune prize went to the team of Curtis “Agent C” Beckles and Tabitha Moore of the Princes Town and Tragarete Road branches, respectively, while Nikeisha “Lil Niks” Hamilton, also of the Tragarete Road branch, claimed the Road March prize. The second and third place winners in the Retro Riddims segment were, Glencoe Agency’s Joseanne “Josie” Callender, who performed Ras Shorty I’s “Watch Out My Children”, and the Operational Risk Department’s Xavier “X-Setter” Gaston, with her rendition of Denyse Plummer’s “Nah Leavin”.
Emcees, Nikki Crosby and Jus Jase, hosted the competition, while Roy Cape All Stars, with Blaxx, Ricardo Drue, Darnella Simmons, Devon Matthews, Erphaan Alves and 5Star Ackil kept partygoers jumping and waving for the rest of the night.
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