It has been said that Caribbean countries only appreciate their heroes when they have passed on, but when it comes to Calypso superstar, Duane Donald O'Connor, that isn't the case. This amazing artist is realizing huge fame while he's still very much alive, demonstrated on February 20, 2012, when Duane O'Connor dethroned Karene Asche at the Calypso Monarch competition, securing the $1 million first prize. Remaining true to his social and political commentary art form, his two songs, "The Hunt is On" and "Long Live Calypso," received the judge's collective nod to take home the crown at the Dimanche Gras show.
His long lists of credits are many and in addition to being crowned the King at the Dimanche Gras show, he has also been a winner of Stars of Tomorrow as well as being a seven time Gold Awardee, five time Young Kings finalist, five time National Calypso semi finalist, three time unmatched Monarch finalist and winner of the Emancipation Monarch in 2003. Songs to his credit include Status, Forget the Branch, Stand T&T, Thriller and Jourvert Morning to name a few. Duane has literally turned his inspired passion into a successful career. In combination with his musical career, Duane also serves as a Police Officer, where he works with youth in the Arts throughout the Western part of the country. Never in the history of the Trinidad & Tobago Police department has a police officer ever captured the prestigious Calypso Monarch title, a title Duane proudly wears.
This week in recognition of his huge win, many articles appeared in publications including Calypso Vibrations, Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, CTNT World, Youtube, Trinidad Express, Guardian Media and Twitter. The generously proportioned 6 feet 7 inch entertainer is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Junior Calypso organization committee where he stands on a solid foundation as he performs to keep calypso alive. He also serves as a Master of Ceremonies at some of the organization's important programs and often hosts the annual Kiddies Carnival Calypso show being held in the capital city. As a testament to his talent, his debut CD titled "The Right Voice" was a clear demonstration as to how Duane O'Connor views his role as an entertainer and as a man.
To learn more about Duane you may visit him at www.Calypsovibrations.com