Younger Entrants for 2017 – Scotiabank Jr Calypso Monarch semifinalists announced

The workshops have ended, the preliminaries recently concluded and semifinalists chosen – all this is certainly an indication that the 2017 Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch Programme in association with IGM Stage Lighting is well underway.

Every year just prior to the start of the season, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) facilitates a series of workshops aimed at developing the total package.

These sessions are geared towards improving on their performance skills, stage presence and other preparation techniques; advice on songwriting; media training and generally building on their young brands.

As in previous years, veterans and respected stalwarts in the industry, alongside past Junior Monarchs gave of their time to mentor these young hopefuls, to ensure that they can walk enthusiastically and confidently onto the stage at the upcoming Junior Tents on June 10 and 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lester Vaughan and the Combermere Schools respectively.

The sponsors Scotiabank and IGM were also on hand to provide pointers on preparing for a healthy financial future and cues on the dos and don’ts of lighting for stage performance.

In a release on the announcement of the semifinalists, the NCF noted that there was a genuine interest from juniors younger than the previous specified age groups and so this year a decision was taken to change the entry age from 8 to 7.

Both Monarchs Summa Sargeant and Chad Montplaisir will be defending their crowns in their respective categories, alongside the eventual mix of new and returning young Calypsonians who make it through the semifinal round at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on July 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Category: 7 – 12
Given NameSobriquetSong
Ayoka GreenidgeA-GlowDe Big Stage
Casey Jemott-BoyceKCBBelieve
Elissa Callender-SpringerThe Mighty BellerinaBuilding Character
Emari BrowneBrowne StarDon’t Pressure Me
Hannah GrantHannah GlowFriends
Joshua BlackmanJoshua BK.AI.S.O
Kayla MillerKay StarrYou Can’t Cut My Tail
Keimani DeaneMaster KeiA Child’s Plea
Kiara CarringtonMhizz KibabbaBring Back The Love
Kiara Griffith7 StarSlow Down
Markaila WalcottSanSheSoft Drinks Sweet
Savir BrowneDe RockSay A Prayer
Emmanuele GrahamManni-ManniSlow Down



Category: 13 – 18
Given NameSobriquetSong
Adonica ShepherdLady NicaQuestion Fa De Minister
Asher MurrellDynamoPotential
Don-Ross OliverMr. PersonalitySave It Fa Me
Faith MurrellMiracleI Now See
Kereesa ChaseKareesaCry for Syria
Kymorhi TrotmanDe OvercomerSave A Child
Liana IfillLianaDream
Quinn PrescottQuinn PSave Barbados
Raanan HackettRaananWho Tekking De Blame
Teri Williams-NilesSparkle- TThis Golden Chain
Tinesha DraytonTineshaClean Up De Caribbean
Yahandje DanielYahandjeDe Dream
Samara MurrellSammy-JoGive Me A Chance
Trevon CallenderThe Mighty KingYou Are Not To Blame
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