Doing it yourself key

by Kimberley Cummins

Malika Hart says that when calypsonians write their own music their chances in competition improve.

The former Junior Monarch was among those selected for this year’s Pic-O-De-Crop semi-finals.

Speaking with Barbados TODAY this afternoon in a telephone interview, she said she wrote both her calypsos, How Much Is Your Vote and Injustice. She said the response so far had been going very well and although she was only able to render them thrice, including judging night, she said she believed because they were self-penned she was able to perform them with “feeling”.

“When you write something you know how you want it to feel and how you want to put it over to other people, like if somebody just come to you and give you a song, yes you put your input into it, but you kind of have to interpret it the way they felt as oppose to you putting down how you feel from the inside and saying what you want to say and how to say it, I think in that regard it is advantageous.

“Rendition is how you put over the song to the listeners and essentially, how you put over your song to the judges. If you believe in what you are saying and you believe in what you are singing then that performance would be shown because you are acting out how passionate you are about the song,” she said.

Hart was the only member of the Kingdom of Super Gladiators to be selected for the semi-finals but the structural engineer by profession was steadfast with confidence about her chance of making it to the final nine.

“I’m cool, I’m happy with it. I think my chances will come down to how I perform on that particular night, as usual. Whatever the judges decide is final but I will try my best and I will do as great a performance as I can and hopefully things will go in my favour. In terms of rendition I will go out there and put over my song with passion,” she said.

The 28-year old started in calypso in the Junior competition after winning the crown she left the island to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering later a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering. Since her return to calypso in 2010, this was her second time in the semis.

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