The 2017 junior monarch semi-finalists with their mentors at the recent workshop. (GP)
THE WORKSHOPS HAVE ENDED, the preliminaries recently concluded and semi-finalists 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 song writing; 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.
The NCF has 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 semi-final round at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on July 9 at 7 p.m. (PR)
Category: 7 - 12
Given Name Stage name Song
Ayoka Greenidge A-Glow De Big Stage
Casey Jemott-Boyce KCB Believe
Elissa Callender-Springer The Mighty Bellerina Building Character
Emari Browne Browne Star Don't Pressure Me
Hannah Grant Hannah Glow Friends
Joshua Blackman Joshua B K.AI.S.O
Kayla Miller Kay Starr You Can't Cut My Tail
Keimani Deane Master Kei A Child's Plea
Kiara Carrington Mhizz Kibabba Bring Back The Love
Kiara Griffith 7 Star Slow Down
Markaila Walcott SanShe Soft Drinks Sweet
Savir Browne De Rock Say A Prayer
Emmanuele Graham Manni-Manni Slow Down
Category: 13 - 18
Given Name Stage name Song
Adonica Shepherd Lady Nica Question Fa De Minister
Asher Murrell Dynamo Potential
Don-Ross Oliver Mr. Personality Save It Fa Me
Faith Murrell Miracle I Now See
Kereesa Chase Kareesa Cry for Syria
Kymorhi Trotman De Overcomer Save A Child
Liana Ifill Liana Dream
Quinn Prescott Quinn P Save Barbados
Raanan Hackett Raanan Who Tekking De Blame
Teri Williams-Niles Sparkle- T This Golden Chain
Tinesha Drayton Tinesha Clean Up De Caribbean
Yahandje Daniel Yahandje De Dream
Samara Murrell Sammy-Jo Give Me A Chance
Trevon Callender The Mighty King You Are Not To Blame