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Younger entrants for Junior Monarch competitions


Younger entrants for Junior Monarch competitions

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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