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Sparkle T’s big triumph

Sparkle T’s big triumph

It took Sparkle T seven long years to capture the Junior Monarch title but the victory was just as sweet when she realized her dream last Saturday night at the junior calypso finals at Kensington Oval. It couldn’t have been a better way for the 18-year-old to exit the junior competition. Sparkle T’s self-penned song, […]

Reflections on Junior Monarch calypso

Reflections on Junior Monarch calypso

If I were to take myself back to over thirty years ago, the highlights of my involvement in Crop Over have not been only as a member of the Festival Band, but singing Calypso from 1983 to 1995, (four-time finalist and nine-time semi-finalist) and, most of all, my participation in the growth and development of […]

Junior calypsonians ready for battle

Junior calypsonians ready for battle

The last time siblings took the two top spots in both categories of the Junior Monarch competition, was back in 2010 when the Clarke sisters – Lil Az and Small One – and the Gittens brothers – Mylez Z and Jazz Z – dominated the competition at the National Stadium.  This year, two brothers – Browne Star and De Rock – […]

Talent galore among young calypsonians

Talent galore among young calypsonians

The competition was fierce and the talent was undeniable at the Junior Monarch semifinals last Sunday night. Unfortunately, only seven in each category could go forward to the finals to meet reigning monarchs Summa and De MC. With that in mind, the semifinalists brought their A-game. The youngsters in the 7-12 category battled hard, and at the end of […]

Impressive performance by juniors

Impressive performance by juniors

Strong lyrics, timely topics and eager juniors were the defining elements when the Junior Monarch Tent held its first show last Saturday night at the Lester Vaughan School. The tent is designed to give the chosen semifinalists a chance to hone their skills before they reach the stage for the semifinals. The semifinalists, mixed with […]

Summa and De MC new Junior Monarchs

Summa and De MC new Junior Monarchs

Summa is the 2016 Junior Monarch in the 8-12 category.   She won from a field of eight contestants with her performance, ‘Go Away Recession’. De MC won the Junior Monarch title in the 13-18 category with ‘Outta Love’. Meanwhile Browne Star is the new Barbados TODAY Junior Champion. He was presented with his prize […]

Junior Monarch finals underway

Junior Monarch finals underway

Sixteen contestants are competing tonight for the title of Junior Monarch 2016. The show, which is now underway at Kensington Oval, will see performances from eight young calypsonians in the eight to 12 category, and eight in the 13-18 age group.

Going for crown

Going for crown

Will Browne Star the lone male in the eight to 12 category take the crown this year? Will Sanshe take the crown in her first official year in the competition? Or will Raheem, in the 13-18 category, be able to redeem himself after forgetting his lyrics in last year’s final? Will Dynamo and Ranaan cop […]

A Junior battle royal come July 2

A Junior battle royal come July 2

It will be a battle royal for a spot in the finals of the 13-18 category when the Junior Monarch Semi-Finals come off on July 2. The fun part concluded last night at Combermere School with the second staging of their two tents. The older in the Junior competition presented competition-ready material last night, whetting […]

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