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Calypsonian Praying Mantis Recognized

  • Written by  The Grenada Informer
Calypsonian Praying Mantis Recognized

He rose to fame in the 1990s; one of his many social commentaries “Rosalyn” remains a favorite among calypso lovers in Grenada. The village of his birth, Chantimelle in St Patrick’s through the group called Heritage Theater recently took the decision to recognize the veteran calypsonian for his contribution to the calypso art form.

Patrick Paul, known in the calypso arena as Praying Mantis, was presented with a special plaque in honor of his dedication and service to the calypso arena and leading the way for other calypso lovers in the village of Chantimelle, during a special show held in his honor some two weeks ago on the compound of the Chantimelle RC School.

 The show, which was labeled Veterans in Concert, featured some of the big names that stood out in calypso in Grenada during the late 80s and early 90s among them King Ajamu, Inspector, Tangler, Mr. X., Scholar, and Beast among others.

 The highlight of the evening was however, thirty minutes of flawless delivery of vintage calypsos from the veteran himself, unleashing not just his old moves, but songs that today remain fresh in the minds of many who were present and had no difficulties in singing along.

  Mantis’ return to the stage in Chantimelle on July 19th and some one week earlier at the Grenada Trade Centre in St George’s, were his first since migrating to the United States some eighteen years ago.      

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