Junior Calypso Monarch Semi-finalists in the 8-12 category announced
Attitude and image – building a personal brand regardless of age! That must have been but one of the many messages on the minds of the junior calypso monarch hopefuls as they took to the stage at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed in the first round of Preliminaries in this two decade-long Junior Calypso Monarch Programme on Saturday 16th May 2015.
After three consecutive Saturdays of developmental workshops this year’s crop of familiar names and some new talented junior entrants in the 8-12 category, now armed with advice on improving their confidence and onstage presence, belted out their melodies with enthusiasm for a chance to compete in the semi-final round. The workshops also provided helpful tips on and off the stage, like the pointers on preparing for a healthy financial future given by Ryan Bascombe of longtime sponsor Scotiabank; guidance on personal and professional growth from Actor and Public Relations Consultant, Antoine Williams; words of wisdom on the importance of every aspect of performance in telling your story, including costume selection from Jennifer Sealy of Dancin’ Africa; cues on the dos and don’ts of lighting for stage performance by Stephen Brathwaite of the other longtime associate sponsor IGM Stage Lighting; and finally, training in the areas of songwriting, voice and other performance preparation techniques offered by mentors Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, Adonijah, Adrian Clarke and Dr. Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter.
With lyrics penned by veteran composers, parents and guardians, and current and past Junior performers, this year patrons can again look forward to social commentary addressing a mixture of prevalent topical issues through the lens of these young Calypsonians.
The semi-finalists and reserves in both categories will make their first public performances for the season without the added pressure of the competition stages at the two upcoming Scotiabank Junior Monarch Calypso Tents in association with IGM Stage Lighting on Saturday, June 13 at the Lester Vaughan School and on Sunday, June 21 at the Combermere School. Both events will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch in association with IGM Stage Lighting
|Dondria Forde||Child In Ya Mind|
|Emari Browne||Browne Star||Free Education|
|Asher Murrell||Dynamo||Drinkers Anthem|
|Keonai Walker||Keke Boo||I Believe In You|
|Asha Holder||Sugar Apple||Yah Betta|
|Danesha Davis||Tripple D||Daddy I Miss You|
|Kiara R. King||Star Diamond||Not In Front of Me|
|Liana Ifill||Liana||I Believe|
|Sarai Burrowes||Too Much Violence|
|Trezelle Alleyne||J’Tanya||Doctor Doctor|
|Seth Knight||Sethi K||Bad behaviour|
|Princess Thomas [Reserve]||Mighty Makéda||This Time|