The Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch Programme in association with IGM Stage Lighting has become the platform for young Calypsonians to showcase social commentary at its best and to ensure its continuity, so says Event Producer, Ms. Karen Pestaina. With that as a guiding principle, she continued, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) has been conducting reviews and evaluations in an effort to continuously improve on the programme and the opportunities for the development of these young hopefuls.
One of the significant modifications to the programme this year was the restructuring of the workshops to facilitate the changing needs of the participants in the areas of vocal training, confidence building and in having a better understanding of the judging system.
In the recently concluded workshop series implemented under the theme “On Your Mark!”, “Get Set!”, “Go!” the mentors focussed on readying the artistes for their race to the finals. In the Vocal Training exercises, Ryan Boyce, Aisha Butcher and Kellie Cadogan exposed the juniors to different approaches and gave them a greater appreciation of what is required when preparing for competition. Ms. Pestaina noted that the 50% influx of first timers in the 7-12 category necessitated an extension of the NCF’s Vocal Training Workshop which was offered to the artistes to assist with their preparations for the preliminary judging which took place for the first time this year at the Daphne Joseph-Hackett Theatre on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Armed with the tools to prepare them vocally, the emphasis shifted to building their confidence and craftsmanship, two attributes that will be in high demand when performing on stage or being in the limelight in general. For this the team enlisted Sonia Williams and Belle Holder.
Being set musically and mentally was only half the battle in preparing for competition. Performers on any stage are always interested in understanding the judging process, so past judges Sheldon Hope and Derrick Marshall conducted discussion sessions with the participants where the judging of lyrics, melody and rendition was explained.
At the end the Preliminary Round, the judges deemed the following juniors all set to go in the Semi-Final Round. The scores in this round were tabulated by Pricewaterhouse Coopers SRL.
Category: 7 - 12
|Casey Jemmott Boyce||KCB||Save This Country|
|Emari Browne Browne||Star||Peace|
|Joshua Blackman||Joshua B||Magic Man|
|Kari-Anne Holdford-Sam||Kari||Where All the Good Girls Gone|
|Keimani Deane||Master Kei||Homeless Not Hopeless|
|Kelicia Grimes||Dazzle||Violence in Barbados|
|Kenaz Walker||Mighty Bit Bit||Please Give Bit Bit De Crown|
|Kiara King||Star Diamond||Bim Tomorrow|
|Kishmaur Alleyne||Star-Boy||Island Resources|
|Sakarah Thomas||Sakarah||Colour My Barbados|
|Xavier Mascoll||Xavier||No Idea|
|Kiara Griffith 7||Star||Fatherless Child|
Category: 13 - 18
|Adrianna Mayers||Dria||Don't Give Up|
|Asher Murrell||Dynamo||Tales From De Crypt|
|Dequon Alleyne||Quon||Why I Sing|
|Don Ross Oliver||Mr. Personality||Bad Man|
|Kiara Carrington||Mhizz Kibabba||A Song For The Children|
|Kymorhi Trotman||De Overcomer||Bon Appetit|
|Princess Thomas||Princess Mekeda||Tell Me Why|
|Raanan Hackett||Raanan||Serious Times|
|Trevon Callender||Mighty King||Lef' Da Lone!|
|Yahandje Daniel||Yahandje||Don't Cry|
The Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch Programme in association with IGM Stage Lighting will continue its objective of empowering and developing young Barbadians on and off the stage as this crop of new and returning hopefuls chosen as the 2018 semi-finalists head off to their first public showcase before the actual semi-final on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 24 at the Lester Vaughan and Combermere Schools respectively.