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Day-O 3/8 Calypso Kings Compete By Playing Songs of Bananas

July 9, 1993

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) _ You’ve heard of Live Aid, Farm Aid and Comic Relief. Now Caribbean singers are competing with compositions to save this island’s vital banana industry.

St. Vincent’s reigning calypso monarch, Carlos ″Rejector″ Providence, and three-time calypso king Cornelius ″Poorsa″ Williams have devoted odes to bananas for the annual calypso contest on Sunday.

Providence, who captured the crown last year, will perform ″My Banana Is It,″ an appeal to Germany to import top quality St. Vincent bananas.

Williams’s song ″Don’t Kill Me Banana″ is a plea to farmers not to hurt the industry with bad bananas. The two singers are among seven finalists.

Bananas are St. Vincent’s top export earner. The industry is threatened by less expensive bananas from Latin America flooding the European market.

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