Port-of-Spain, Feb. 17: The Trinidad & Tobago Unified Calypso Association released the names of the 40 calypsonians, selected from various calypso tents across Trinidad & Tobago, who will compete in the National Semifinals on Saturday. At Skinner Park, San Fernando on February 22, the judges will choose 11 for the National Calypso Monarch title. They will try to dethrone the 2013 monarch Pink Panther. Many veterans are in the group of 40 including Chalkdust and Singing Sandra.

Sandra is already booked to appear at the EVERYBODY’S Mother’s Day Saturday Concert on May 10 in Brooklyn, NY.

Other veterans include Singing Francine, Brother Valentino and Allrounder.

Several young but experienced artists are in Saturday’s mix. Heather Mac Intosh who gave a sterling performance at last year’s Mother Day Saturday Concert is in; others include Brian London, Leslie Ann Ellis, St. Vincent-born Fya Empress, Body Guard and Georgia McIntyre.

The 40 are:

Alana Sinnette, Tobago Chalkie, Brother Mudada, Allan Welch,
Amrica Mutroo, Brother Valentino, All Rounder,
Bevon St Clair, Brian London, Skatie, Devon Seales,
Erphan ALves, Singing Francine, The Messenger, Giselle Washington,
Heather McIntosh, Snakey, Chalkdust, Karen Thomas, Karene Asche
Ke Ke, Kurt Allen, Leslie Ann Ellis, Fya Empress, Marlon Edwards,
King Luta, Myron B, Bunny B, Nicole Thomas, Chucky,
Body Guard, Rondell Donawa, Young Rose, Singing Sandra,
Psalmist, Mista Shak, Queen Victoria, Cro Cro
Stephen Marcelle, SPicey
Lady Gypsy and Protector