Junior Monarch tent starts June 17
AFTER A HIGH quality preliminary round, which resulted in what has been the highest number of entries in a junior calypso competition for the last 4 years, the 2012 Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch contenders going forward to the semi-finals will use two specially designed tents to tune up.
Twelve junior calypsonians along with one reserve in the 8 to 12 category and thirteen from the 13 to 18 age category will journey to the Princess Margaret School in St. Philip on June 17th and to Combermere School on June 24th at 6:00 p.m. each night for the Junior Calypso Monarch tents. NCF’s Cultural Officer for Music Organisations and Producer of the Junior Monarch Competition Stephen Brathwaite, stated that the tents are designed to provide the performance opportunity for the juniors leading up to the semifinals. He further stated that following the Easter camp where industry professionals such as Red Plastic Bag, Don Marshall, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles and Jennifer Sealy provided development workshops for the young calysonians, the tents will provide the execution and testing of the skills garnered by the juniors.
Scotiabank, after a long association with this event, has again confirmed its support for the juniors with the sponsorship of the competition for another year.
The semi-finalists in the 8 to 12 category are Tashanna “Minnie” Bute singing The Drums; Trevon “Mighty King” Callender- Stop the Discrimination; Moesha “ Mighty Princess” Elder- Making Time for Your Children; Alisha “AG” Gaskin-Small- Striking and Sweeping; Jazz “Jazz-Z” Gittens- Cricket; Jeanie “G Baby” Graham- Hot Water; Jade “Jade” Grant- Raise Your Flag; Raanan “Raanan” Hackett- De New Raanan; Lianna “Black Beauty”- Driving Mad; Winette “Blossom”- Sound Education; Asher “Dynamo” Murrell- Use Wisdom; Quinn “Quinn P” Prescott- Ah Come to You Shango Man and Reniqua “Blossom” Lyte-Griffith- Poor People.
In the 13 to 18 age category, the semi-finalists are Aisha “Mandisa” Butcher with My Advice; Anita “AC” Charles- Ya Can’t Beat Me Again; Aziza “Lil Az”- Black Woman Rising; Rabiah “Small One” Clarke- Stop The Bullying; Moesha “Nubian Princess”- You Do Dat in Front of We; Ashley “Queen Ashe” Green- Looka How Yuh Change; Ariel “Ari G” John- Stand Up; Kade “Young Dia” Mascoll- Pray; Jason “Jamoon” Moore- Just Hold On; Adela “Adela” Payne- Guide Me; Bernice “Niecee” Roach- Blackberry Sheep; Xaria “Mhizz-Z” Spooner- Education; Tia “T Girl” Yarde- I am H.I.V.
Consequently, festival-goers will have the opportunity to see a sleuth of talent outside the competition events of the semis and finals which will come off on June 13th at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre and July 21st at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium respectively.
Junior Monarch Calypso Competition Preliminaries Results 2012
Tashanna Bute Minnie The Drums
Trevon Callender Mighty King Stop The Discrimination
Moesha Elder Mighty Princess Make Time For Your Children
Alisha Gaskin-Small AG Striking and Sweeping
Jazz Gittens Jazz-Z Cricket
Jeanie Graham G Baby Hot Water
Jade Grant Jade Raise Your Flag
Raanan Hackett Raanan De New Raanan
Lianna Ifill Black Beauty Driving Mad
Winette Millington Blossom Sound Education
Asher Murrell Dynamo Use Wisdom
Quinn Prescott Quinn P Ah Come To You Shango Man
Reniqua Lyte-Griffith Blossom Poor People
Aisha Butcher Mandisa My Advice
Anita Charles AC Ya Can't Beat Me Again
Aziza Clarke Lil Az Black Woman Rising
Rabiah Clarke Small One Stop The Bullying
Moesha Daniel Nubian Princess You Do Dat In Front Of We
Ashley Green Queen Ashé Looka How Yuh Change
Ariel John Ari G Stand Up
Kadé Mascoll Young Dia Pray
Jason Moore Jamoon Just Hold On
Adela Payne Adela Guide Me
Bernice Roach Niecee Blackberry Sheep
Xaria Spooner Mhizz-Z Education
Tia Yarde T Girl I am H.I.V.