Three of the Federation’s elite calypsonians will be battling for supremacy at the Leeward Islands Calypso Competition this Saturday (Aug. 7) in Anguilla. King Konris and King Socrates out of St. Kitts and King Astro from Nevis will take on the reigning national calypsonians from Antigua & Barbuda, St. Martin, Montserrat, BVI, USVI, Dutch St. Maarten, and the host country. King Konris Maynard, the four-peat national Calypso Monarch, will be defending his Leeward Islands Calypso crown. Before departing for Anguilla on Thursday he told The Observer that it was his intention to two-peat at the event. He said winning the crown had silenced many of his critics who believed he could only win at the local level. “Winning the regional crown did sort of prove that I could compete in the regional arena. On Saturday it is my intention to successfully defend that crown. I will be singing “Mommy and Daddy”, one of the songs that won me the 2009/2010 Calypso Monarch; the second song, well, we’ll leave that as a surprise,” he said. Veteran calypsonian King Socrates spoke to The Observer from Anguilla, having left St. Kitts on Tuesday. Taking time from his band rehearsal, he said it was an honor to be representing St. Kitts at the event, although it was not his first time on the Anguilla stage. “I competed in this show in 2001 and won the crown. I entered again the following year and was adjudged 1st runner up, having lost By one point. So, this is my third appearance here. The standards are pretty high because you are competing against the best from the various Leeward Islands,” he said. Sylvester ‘Socrates’ Hodge, who has won some 15 crowns over his 35 year career, will be singing “The Real Health Scare”, a winning song from this past December’s competition in St. Kitts and a new song about domestic abuse, “No Reason At All”. He expressed confidence about recapturing the coveted title. Oscar “King Astro” Browne defeated I-Soursop to take the 2010 Culturama Kaiso Monarch less than a week ago and will be representing Nevis. The three-time Culturama king is no stranger to the calypso arena, having made annual contributions to both the Culturama and national calypso shows for many years. Host country Anguilla will be represented By Singing Veine, who just recently delivered a double whammy in the calypso bullring By winning both the female and national calypso titles. Speaking exclusively with The Observer, Queen Singing Veine said she was accustomed to being on stage at the Leeward Islands Calypso Competition, but that this would be her first time contesting the crown. “I’ve been singing calypso for many, many years and I’m usually a guest performer at the show. Winning both crowns for my first victory was unbelievable and now I get to compete for the first time in the regional show. It is a very proud moment for me. I will do my best to win this title also, and keep the crown in Anguilla,” she said. She will deliver the songs that won her the two crowns, “A Caribbean Unity” and “Freedom”. The kings and queen will take the stage on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. at the Landsome Bowl. According to the judging criteria, the performers can sing any two songs, new or old, as long as they had never been previously sung at the competition.