London brothers among 16 finalists in NACC’s Young Kings competition

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 11:30

Reigning Young Kings champion, Ronaldo London, will duel against his younger brother, Rivaldo, and 15 other contenders to try to retain his title in this year's final.

The 2020 edition of the National Action Cultural Committee's Young Kings Calypso Monarch is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11 at the Grand Stand of the Queen's Park Savannah.

The London brothers swept victory in all three of Carnival's major calypso competitions last year. Ronaldo won the 2019 Calypso Monarch and Young Kings crowns, while Rivaldo took home the Junior Calypso Monarch title.

Their uncle, Brian London, helped the family complete a clean sweep, winning the Extempo Monarch competition last year.

Four-time-winner of the Junior Calypso Monarch, Aaron Duncan, and Guardian Media's Caston Cupid are also among the finalists.

The 16 finalists who will face Ronaldo for the crown are:

  1. Aaron Duncan – Caught Up
  2. Banjela (Addelon Braveboy) – T’is We Season
  3. Caston Cupid – Split
  4. College Boy Jesse (Jesse Stewart) – Happy Song
  5. Frosty Brooks (Andrew Brooks) – Pray then Work
  6. KC (Kyle Cowie) – In 2020 – How Could That Be
  7. Kenny Phillips – Wack Dem Kenny
  8. Lani K (Jalani Kojo) – Choices
  9. M’ba (Gary Thomasos) – Reverse
  10. Preedy (Akeem Chance) – Fete In Peace
  11. Rivaldo London – Merchants of Division
  12. Rondell Donawa – We So Cold
  13. Sekon Alves – De New Handbook
  14. Sheldon Nugget (Sheldon Bullen) – Black and Proud
  15. Swappi (Marvin Davis) – Jumbie Head
  16. Wendell Goodridge – Massa’s Position