Calypsonian Ashanti ties the knot

Calypsonian Ashanti ties the knot

Calypsonian Ashanti tied the knot on Saturday at a ceremony at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and has promised a major comeback in the calypso arena.

“That was one of the best days of my life,” the three-time calypso Monarch said of Saturday’s wedding, adding that the ceremony and the reception that followed at the Folk Research Centre (FRC) went well.

He revealed that several of his relatives from overseas were present along with a number of well wishers.

“I know to myself that I have a good wife,” Ashanti, 59, said of his 51 year old wife, Merlene who works at the Folk Research Centre.

Ashanti, whose real name is Herman Hippolyte, told the Times that he and Merlene had gone through their ups and down.

Formerly addicted to crack cocaine but now drug free for the last five years, Calypsonian Ashanti explained that he recognized that having a wife involves responsibility, so he decided to get a job.

He is currently employed by the Castries City Council.

Ashanti told the Times that Merlene is part of the change in his life.

He disclosed that another motivation for him to change was when he received a Piton Silver medal from the government in 2015.

Ashanti, who has been off the calypso scene for some time has vowed to return soon.

“I have to sing a song called ‘Change’,” he declared, telling the Times that he has to “take back” the Monarchy and become Calypso King one more time before retiring for good.

He indicated that song about ‘Change’ has been inspired by his own life-changing experiences.

The former Calypso Monarch said he no longer has a craving for drugs and has even quit smoking.

“I overcome that a long time already,” he asserted.

According to Ashanti, he gets down on his knees and prays every night and attends the Catholic church every Sunday where he is a member of the Cathedral Choir.

He said he and his wife also pray together.

“Substance abuse not even in my mind, in fact I more trying to see how I can help those who are abusing drugs,” Ashanti told the Times.

He said he had been to rehab about eleven times.

As Ashanti spoke to the Times, a colleague approached and good-naturedly broke out in an impromptu melody:

Yes I am so disappointed in the Ashanti:

He get married and didn’t even invite me!

 

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. Totally Stunned
    November 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Congrats shanti!!!… Kudos to you. Hope you enjoy a happy and long marriage.

  2. Lynn
    November 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Wow Ashanti I’m wishing all the best and God bless you and your wife. Till dead do you all part. Good luck.

  3. Let La
    November 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm Reply

    Bravo Ashanti……all the best to you and your other half.

  4. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply

    God is Good All the time God bless your life and marriage

  5. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    All bread has its cheese..

    1. elegal
      November 14, 2016 at 3:03 pm Reply

      i think you out of place. stay in your hole with your negatives. it’s people like u who have SLU in the state it is.

      1. Anonymous
        November 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm Reply

        So true.

      2. Anonymous
        November 15, 2016 at 3:31 pm Reply

        You are so correct. They are a Negative set of idiots.

    2. Anonymous
      November 14, 2016 at 3:46 pm Reply

      lol

    3. Anonymous
      November 15, 2016 at 5:08 pm Reply

      let me explain something to u all dogs have their day. For me to see my uncle walking out of a church and not being carried out I am very happy. Think you are out of place and you need to keep you negativity to ur self people like cause please to have low self-esteem.

  6. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Am wishing you all God blessing and most of all good understanding ,health ,prosperity in Jesus name

  7. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Congrats Mr.And Mrs Ashanti

  8. k
    November 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply

    May god bless u

  9. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm Reply

    The manmay LA Kay folk Band hereby congratulating Mr and Mrs Ashanti on their wedding day. Charley.

  10. CABICHE COMUNITY
    November 14, 2016 at 4:12 pm Reply

    THE CABICHE COMMUNNITY WISH TO CONGRATULAT YOU MR AND MISSES ASHANTI JUST KEEP THE FAITH AND GOD WILL DO THE REST

  11. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Congrats to a ashanti and his wife …..expect the unexpected in life there are many challenges till death do u part have a wonderful and a good marriage….

  12. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Now you have full shape into a man
    Welcome to the team just you keep to
    the laws of the most high jah blessed love

  13. Irose
    November 14, 2016 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Now you have full shape into a man
    Welcome to the team just you keep to
    the laws of the most high jah blessed love

  14. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

    Congrats to a great cyspo man always love that voice of his, all the best to you and your wife

  15. bubbles
    November 14, 2016 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Congrats Ashani wishing u n urs all the best looking forward to ur comeback…good luck in ur future endeavors

  16. Anonymous
    November 14, 2016 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Well done Ashanti. All the best to you and your wife.

  17. Gillesofgillesville
    November 15, 2016 at 1:32 am Reply

    Tell dem so Shanti. Congratulations. “He who findeth a wife, findeth a good thing”. Now that you have a queen, time for you to reclaim your crown.

  18. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 10:48 am Reply

    Am happy for you god bless

  19. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Congrats my king to u and yr Queen may the Lord bless yr reunion for many years to come

  20. Anonymous
    November 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm Reply

    What God has join together let no man put a sander .May Gods blessing be with u .Mentor

  21. Rufina
    November 17, 2016 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Congratulations to one of the best calypsonian in st Lucia ever .God bless

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