Juniors in form
The expected battle royal at the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch finals is still two days away, but people are already saying the judges will face tough choices.
Finalists in both the eight to 12 and 13 to 18 categories went through a dry run for Saturday’s 7 p.m. showdown at the Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex at a free lunchtime concert at the Frank Collymore Hall yesterday, and even though the props and other frills were missing, patrons were blown away.
Many of them commented on the level of singing and the quality of material coming from the island’s youth.
The annual presentation is a treat for children at the various summer camps, members of the disabled community, senior citizens and the wider members of the public. There was a large contingent from the pan camp hosted by the Central Bank of Barbados.
There was also a visiting French group and the members showed their appreciation for the efforts of the budding calypsonians. One of them gave MC Carl Alff Padmore a private lesson in how to say I love calypso in French.
Finalists in both categories appeared in the exact order in which they will be competing on Saturday. Patrons also got two additional performances from Black Beauty and Destiny, who are the reserves in the eight to 12 and 13 to 18 categories respectively.
After giving patrons a taste of what will be on offer on Saturday, each finalist was treated to a gift bag of treats from the title sponsor Scotiabank. The goodies included a cookie in the shape of a microphone.