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King Paido, Sistah Joyce out of VG Calypso competition

- King Paido injured in accident & can't compete; Sistah Joyce decides to sit out this year's competition
Two of local calypso's biggest names will not be competing in this year's Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Calypso Competition. These are Reynold A. Phillips known as King Paido (right) and Joycelyn Searles who goes by the name Sistah Joyce. Photo: John F. Black
Contacted for a comment, Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Gorda Festival Sub-Committee Jerrell A. George said that while they have heard about Phillips being involved in an accident, they had no information that he was not going to be participating in the competition. George later confirmed that King Paido was out of the competition. Photo: VINO/File
Contacted for a comment, Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Gorda Festival Sub-Committee Jerrell A. George said that while they have heard about Phillips being involved in an accident, they had no information that he was not going to be participating in the competition. George later confirmed that King Paido was out of the competition. Photo: VINO/File
THE VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – Two of local calypso's biggest names will not be competing in this year's Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Calypso Competition. These are Reynold A. Phillips known as King Paido and Joycelyn Searles who goes by the name Sistah Joyce.

Winner of the competition last year, King Paido was on March 22, 2016 one of three persons injured in an accident at Fort Hill. One of those persons eventually succumbed to their injuries.

When this news site made contact with King Paido, he confirmed that he was one of the persons involved in the said accident.

Initial investigations indicate that the driver of the tow truck was removing a vehicle from the area when the tow truck slipped. In a chain of reactions which followed, three men on the site including the tow truck driver were injured.

“Yes, I was in the accident,” Phillips confirmed with this news site. He further stated that as a result of the accident he was not going to be defending his Calypso title. “No I can't defend the title [because I am recovering from the accident],” he responded when asked whether he would be defending his title.

“I don't know what they are doing...I don't have any clue. But I know that I won't be going,” he said, when asked what will happen with his Calypso Crown.

Sistah Joyce snubs calypso competition this year

For her part, Sistah Joyce said she will not be competing in the competition this year and it was not because she is busy recording an album in Jamaica.

“I ain't got much to say about the calypso thing really. I just ain't singing this year and that's it. I will go up next year God willing. Other media houses want to make a big deal out of it. I really have no comment about any reason why or anything like that. I just ain't singing this year,” she said when this news site contacted her recently.

Asked whether her decision had anything to do with the fact that she is currently recording a reggae album in Jamaica, she said it is not even about that.

Sistah Joyce took the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Calypso Crown in 2013. She placed second in last year's competition.

Contacted for a comment, Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Gorda Festival Sub-Committee Jerrell A. George said that while they have heard about Phillips being involved in an accident, they had no information that he was not going to be participating in the competition. George later confirmed that King Paido was out of the competition.

The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Calypso Competition will be held on Sunday March 27, 2016 at the Franka Pickering Festiville.

14 Responses to “King Paido, Sistah Joyce out of VG Calypso competition”

  • oh bwoy (25/03/2016, 11:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well me nah go up deh!
  • vex (25/03/2016, 11:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    No one wants any part of the NDP
  • ley ley (25/03/2016, 11:09) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    De obeah ah wuk
  • LOL (25/03/2016, 12:01) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    WELL THAT'S 2 THAT WONT GET OWED
  • Calypso Fan (25/03/2016, 12:25) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Will miss them both this year. King Paido I wish you a speedy recovery and thank God for sparing your life. I imagine it may a difficult time seeing that someone lost their life in the same accident.
    Lean on God my brother!
  • bvi (25/03/2016, 12:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow! This show going to be deady. Might as well stay Tortola then
  • Thanks (25/03/2016, 13:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    AMEN
  • Local (25/03/2016, 13:23) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Treat the locals fairly and they won't have any problem performing. Speedy recovery to you king let God be your answer



  • Sad. (25/03/2016, 13:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sad. So so sad. I'm wishing king Paso a speedy recovery. Thats what happen when they don't pay artist. They The Politician F n Up this place. Can't they see are they blind? Can't they hear are they deaf? OMG.
  • confused (25/03/2016, 15:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is there anything happenning in Virgin Gorda on Monday? Have not heard of any boats from Stt or Tortola going over. Will miss your celebration. Is there any reason for this.
  • 123 (25/03/2016, 17:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    everything that the NDP is involve in goes to zero
  • musicians for VIP (26/03/2016, 05:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    No body in NDP government never played a musical instrument. So they have no idea of the talent and commitment involved. Maybe that's why they disrespect musicians so badly..VIP its different they had two Musicians in their administration
  • @Musicians for VIP. (26/03/2016, 05:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its time we put someone with a strong community relations and with a known musical back ground to run our festivals ..We need to get better. We are losing..I submit these names for consideration. Danelle Flax . Kave Stoutt. Shekera Wheatley Author Selwood...Any one of these people will serve us well.. We are really failing. We need to get better.


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