Juniors bring down Solidarity House
ENCORES WERE the order of the night when contestants in Scotiabank Junior Monarch Calypso competition got their first taste of the stage last Sunday at the first tent held at Solidarity House.Persistent rain did not stop fans from coming out to support their favourites from among the 26 performers, and they showered the juniors with encores and enthusiastic applause.Contestants in the eight to 12 category arguably had the most memorable performances on the night, and accounted for six encores. Interestingly, five of them were boys.The Gittens brothers are at it again this year, and both Jazz Z and Myles-Z can boast of receiving encores. Appearing in position six, Jazz Z brought down the house with Snacks. The piece dealt with the unhealthy foods youngsters are consuming which he said resulted in heart attack, hypertension, diabetes, big belly, rotten teet and asthma. Each aliment was followed by a catchy refrain of snacks, and the budding showman killed you with things like “come again, come again” and “kaiso”.His older brother Myles-Z was not to be outdone, but he was in a more serious zone with I Want To Ban, which looked at issues like Vybz Kartel/Movado debate and the alleged brandishing of a gun in Parliament and also gave suggestions on some other adult activities that should be banned as well.Princess T was the lone female earning an encore and she gained this with a serious commentary on fathers, titled Daddy Dun Wid Me.The name of De Professor’s song – Freeze – is sure to be a key word this season, judging from the speed with which members of the audience adopted it. The song, which has a catchy melody, is putting a freeze on a lot of ills in society.Newcomer Enforcer had a superb debut in the calypso arena and impressed with his phrasing in particular. He got himself an encore for Ain’t Too Big For Me.Adonis ended the half on a very high note with De Little Rastaman. The engaging performer is planning to take down the likes of Gabby, Red Plastic Bag and Michael Jackson.Newcomer Sharky was the only contestant in the senior category to receive an encore. He grabbed the attention of members of the audience with It’s A Pity.The competition is all about developing the talent of the youth, and Darrio Prescod, who was groomed by Carl Alff Padmore last year, was on his own.Prescod had some great moments, but he had to endure a lot of rough patches just like all the others who have walked that road.To his credit, he tried a number of things to keep the flow going, and to get past the heckling. If this is truly his calling, Prescod will learn how to make the necessary adjustments in due course.He and the junior contestants will be in spotlight again this Sunday when the show heads to Alexandra School, St Peter, for the second tent.