Many would recall his campaign as a junior calypsonian and many more would have followed his journey that took him into the adult realms of Ragga and Power Soca.
One thing was certain: Ornade ‘Kemmy’ Christopher, a member of the renowned sports and culture Christopher family of Layou, even as he eventually settled in the USA, never separated himself from the genre of soca that today contributes in no small way to identifying Caribbean culture/music.
And after knocking on the door and dropping his sobriquet ‘Man Kemmy’ but keeping himself immersed in Vincy Music all the while, his persistence has paid off.
In what was considered something of a late burst down the home stretch, Kemmy took the 2022 Road March with his ‘Da is d call’. Admittedly, though, he was always a considered to be a strong contender for the title.
According to an official Carnival Development Corporation release, he squeezed passed Delroy ‘Fireman’ Hooper’s ‘Bad demon’ by 56 points to 54, to claim his first title as an adult calypsonian/soca artiste.
Running third was a favourite in the build-up to the official festival, Keith ‘Grabba Finees’ Charles’ ‘Place tun Ove’ which followed closely with 52 points.
All in all, many of those who ardently follow the Road March competition agreed that the race was an open one this year, and cited “Madking’s’ number ‘Staff’ as easily being among a list of other songs that were clear contenders.