Young bright sparks
Keen contest expected among kaiso juniors this year
The future of the island’s calypso art form is in safe hands.
This was the consensus of those gathered last Saturday as 25 youngsters graced the stage of the Lester Vaughan Secondary School for the 2014 Scotiabank Junior Calypso Tent.
At six o clock the curtain went up, and 11 young performers, in the eight-to-12 category, presented themselves to a packed auditorium.
There was Zaria Jada T Thompson singing about Love And Understanding; Raanan Hackett, about having No Daddy. There was the young and ever dynamic Asher Murrell –– many will remember him as Dynamo from his outing last year. However, this time around, he is telling the other contestants and the general public Don’t Count Me Out.
Young Jade Grant, in her Tribute To Kerry-Ann, acknowledged the first disabled person, and youngest at the age of 38, to be elected to the position of President of the Senate, Senator Kerry-Ann Ifill. She also urged others to see Ifill’s example of triumph in the face of disability.
There was also Asha Star Apple Holder who exuded energy on stage as she told every Barbadian that all this Litter was driving her crazy and begged them to keep the place clean.
In the second half, the 13-to-18 Juniors took to the stage, forcing the audience to sit up and take note of some serious lyrics. For example, Xaria Spooner sang about the important role of Mother in the life of her child and why she should be respected.
Another outstanding and strong performer on the night was Kymorhi The Mighty KT Trotman with A Child’s Plea.
Making full use of the stage, he rendered with clear diction and in clean voice, the promises a father made to his son and failed to keep –– singing to rapturous applause.
You remember the time you never called to say how do you do, not a letter, not a text.
I swear you were living in Timbuktu.
A similar crowd response came for Adonica Lady Nica Shepherd, who decked out in purple, and spoke to the issue of domestic violence with her Walk In My Shoes.
Rickardo RJ Reid, small in stature, mimicked some of the stage antics of dad Lil Rick with his uptempo Schoolboy Jam.
A good time was had by all.
And for a second chance to see the full line-up, patrons may catch the tent again this weekend at Combermere School in Waterford, St Michael, on Saturday at 6 p.m.