Chalkdust is Trinidad 2017 Calypso Monarch


Dr Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool is the 2017 Calypso Monarch, winning a record 9th title at Sunday’s Dimanche Gras show.

ChalkdustChalkdust now also holds the title of most Calypso Monarchs ever won by a calypsonian, having been tied with The Mighty Sparrow on eight before Sunday night’s victory.

Chalkdust took home the $700,000 first prize after performing last in the competition with his tune, “Learn from Arithmetic”.

His song focussed on the issue of child marriages, with a refrain, “75 can’t go into 14”.

Karene Asche placed second, performing “Caught in the Whirlwind” in position number 11.

She took home a second prize of $400,000.

Heather Mac Intosh was 3rd with “Games” which she performed in position number 16 to take home a purse of $200,000.

Terri Lyons was 4th with “The Phrase”, taking home $75,000.

All other contenders from 5th to 17th won $25,000 each.


The following is the full results:

1st. Chalkdust – Learn from Arithmetic [LISTEN]

2nd. Karene Asche – Caught in the Whirlwind

3rd. Heather Mac Intosh – Games

4th. Terri Lyons – The Phrase

5th. Rondell Donawa – Lip Service

6th. Devon Seales – I Carmona

7th. Chucky Gordon – Wha Yuh Doing

8th. Queen Victoria – The Call to Prayer

9th. Lady Gypsy – Plight of my People

10th. All Rounder – To Be an Icon

11th. Cro Cro – Final Send-Off

12th. Gypsy – Angry Land

13th. Kurt Allen – My Corn Tree

14th. Sasha Ann Moses – Main Witness

15th. Fya Empress – Guilty

16th. Lady Adanna – Social Media