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Shurwayne Winchester, who was at home yesterday fighting a fever, heard from a friend that he had won the 2004 Road March title.

This is the fifth time the title has been won by a Tobagonian, with Shadow and Rose winning twice respectively. Shadow won in 1974 with "Bassman" and in 2001 with "Stranger", while Rose clinched the title in 1977 with "Tempo" and in 1978 with "Her Majesty".

According to the results released yesterday by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco), Winchester, from the band Traffik, who sang the infectious "Look de Band Coming", knocked his main contender-Destra Garcia-into second place.

"Look de Band Coming" played a total of 255 times, 152 more times than Garcia's popular "Bonnie & Clyde".

Winchester has dethroned SuperBlue's daughter, Fay Ann Lyons, who won the coveted title last year with "Display".

Last year the battle was between Garcia, singing "Carnival", and Lyons, but in the end, as has happened this year, Garcia had to settle for second place.

Lyons, who sang "Clear de Road" this year, told the Express that the right person won.

She said she was always rooting for Winchester and of course her own tune.

"Congratulations are in order for Shurwayne. I have known him for a number of years and he is a very humble guy... The humility he has is overwhelming. He is always pleasant and deserved to win," she said.

And although she is yet to talk to him about his victory, the message she has for him is that "with great power comes great responsibility".

In a telephone interview, Winchester said he said that despite being unwell physically he was very happy about the victory.

He said he never focused on the Road March title, concentrating instead on writing something upbeat for fans.

"I am very surprised to hear that I have won... I heard the news from a friend," he said.

It was while taking a shower that he got the inspiration for the song. The rhythm just came to him, he said.

"I immediately called Maximus Dan and said 'Boy... Look de band coming!' and he replied 'Man. it is a bad song'!" exclaimed Winchester.

Winchester said that since learning of his victory his phone has been ringing off the hook and he wished to thank all the people behind the scenes, especially the fans, managers, etc, who have shown him love and support.

Although Winchester has taken the Road March title, next year he will not be focusing on the Road March and intends to write for the love of the music.

Winchester, 29, who was born in Scarborough, Tobago, has been singing with Traffik for the past six years.

The Road March competition has been in existence since 1932. Calypsonian "King Radio" was the first to ever hold the title, with "Tiger Tom play Tiger Cat".

Karega Mandela, public relations officer of Tuco, said Machel Montano's "Craziness" was played 79 times during the parade of the bands on Monday and Tuesday.

Mandela said that there is really no third place position in the Road March competition.

Winchester, as winner, is expected to receive his prize of a brand new Ford Focus, sponsored by CT Vibe 105.

Mandela disclosed that for the past five years CT Vibe 105 had been sponsoring the first prize. For the first two years of their sponsorship, Road March winners received a Honda Civic. However, Mandela said that as was the case last year, in 2004 there has been no sponsorship for second place.



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