Expression of pride
Practice makes permanent – that was the advice from Aisha Mandisa Butcher, the 2012 Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch. The young calypsonian uttered these words when she met recently with the Scotiabank team for a small homecoming in her honour at the office of the company’s Managing Director Caribbean East in Warrens, St. Michael.
Scotiabank showered the junior champion with goodies as an expression of pride and to welcome her home from her recent overseas guest appearance at the Trinidad Junior Monarch Final at the Queen’s Park Savannah. This performance, organised by the National Cultural Foundation, forms another one of her tour assignments as the title holder.
As the start of 2013 Crop-Over season draws nigh, Mandisa said: “I would have to say that it has been an awesome experience, with lots of opportunities for my growth and advancement as an artiste.”
She added: “One thing that I am still getting used to though is the instant popularity that comes along with winning the title. It is still surprising and heartwarming when people recognise and congratulate me.”
With a number of performance engagements both locally and regionally now under her belt, Mandisa offered a few pearls of wisdom to her fellow young artiste.
“Anybody looking to be successful in this industry should employ the services of a voice coach. I would recommend it,” she added. “A voice coach could really help to improve your singing and breathing techniques, pronunciation and diction, teach you how to develop and project your voice, and also assist with your preparations for performance. These things are very important when you are being judged.”
National Cultural Foundation Cultural Officer with responsibility for Music, Ronald Davis, agreed. He said the overall development of vocal training and other attributes was the continued driving force behind the upcoming week-long series of workshops designed to assist young persons interested in competing.