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Thursday 20 September 2018
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Younger Entrants For 2017


Scotiabank representative Ryan Bascombe is always at home among the young ones sharing financial advice, because you are never too young to start.

The workshops have ended, the preliminaries recently concluded and semifinalists 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 songwriting; media training and generally building on their young brands.


Stephen Brathwaite of IGM Stage Lighting into his presentation, giving cues on the dos and don’ts of lighting for the stage performance.

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.

In a release on the announcement of the semifinalists, the NCF 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 semifinal round at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on July 9 at 7:00 p.m.


Chrystal Cummins-Beckles and Stedson ‘RPB’ Wiltshire – an example of the veterans and respected Calypsonians in the industry who gave of their time to mentor the juniors.


Rapt attention and taking notes as they learn more about lighting for stage performance.







Category: 7 – 12
Given Name Sobriquet Song
Ayoka Greenidge A-Glow De Big Stage
Casey Jemmott-Boyce KCB Believe
Elissa Callender-Springer The Mighty Ballerina 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

2017 Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch 7-12 semifinalists

Category: 13 – 18
Given Name Sobriquet 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 Kereesa 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

  2017 Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch 13-18 Semi-finalists