In addition to the big competition, two weekly calypso tents form part to the 2017 carnival calypso season.
The Dominica Calypso academy, the Stardom Tent, officially commenced in 1973. The name Stardom came from the record label, of the longest serving band in the Caribbean, Swingin Stars With a star studied collection of musicians, in the likes of Norman Letang, Bing Casimir, Herry ,the Martin brothers,. the former Swingin Teens, quickly stole the spotlight, with Calypso champions the late Tokyo, Spark, Lark and Dyno to name a few. The original Green Grotto was the home of the tent. Presently, with a forty strong membership, Stardom Calypso tent, is the premier calypso tent in Dominica. With six calypso monarchs at the helm, and scores of road March titles, The Stardom tent is a calypso Institution in Dominica. Hunter, Karessah, Scrunter, Daddy Chess, Observer and the only female calypso champion Tasha P, are all former monarchs who have excelled in the calypso art form. The tent also boasts of a strong fusion of royalty, youth, dynamism, and experience. A consistent balance of topical issues and current social commentaries on both sides of the political fence, are the hallmarks of Stardom. At Stardom Tent, one is guaranteed the widest diet of humorous and witty melodies and pulsating hooks and choruses. Dominica is still one of the few places in the Caribbean who can boast of the most original carnival. A fusion of the traditional and contemporary elements with Calypso as the nucleus, still dominates during the pre-lent celebration. In recent years, the economic challenges evoked creativity and diversity from the management. The Kaiso tug of war, Quarter Finals Madness, Sponsors Championship, Royalty night, Road March night, are just a few initiatives, taken by the Tent’s leadership, to raise the standard and quality of the tent. Though Veteran Man Himself, Spider, Chamma and recently Leandra ,have all gone to the wild beyond to meet their creator, their unblemished legacy continues to survive , as their influence and master classes are very evident in the today’s stardomites.
As the name suggests Stardom tent’s 2017 calypso line-up includes a galaxy of superstars. Monarch Hunter, Monarch Karessah, Monarch Observer, Monarch Daddy Chess, Monarch Tasha P, Shadow Flow, Webb, Picky, Beno, Comforter, Lugas, Son of Saint, Black Diamond, Jaydee, Ommee, Haxey, Checker, Chris B, Jamma B, De Professor, Trendsetta, Earl White Jr, Sting Rae, Janee, Della, Nacheal, Alisha, The Trinizuelan, Third Eye, Genius, Mighty DBS, Intruder, Lady V
January 14, 2017: Opening of Stardom Calypso Tent
January 18 and 25 2017 weekly Tents
February 1, 8 and 15, 2017: Weekly Tents
February 22, 2017: Stardom King of the Tent
Showdown Mas Camp
January 13, 2016: Opening of Showdown Mas Camp Calypso Tent
January 15, 22, & 29, 2016: Weekly Tents
February 4, 2016: Showdown Mas Camp Champ of the Camp
Other Calypso Events
Calypso lovers can look forward these other Calypso events during Mas Domnik 2016:
Calypso themed photos…past monarchs, pictures from past shows