Eight-year old wins Junior Calypso Monarch

History has been created with the crowning last week Thursday night of the youngest Junior Calypsonian at Carnival City on the Carenage, St. George’s.

Kirk Seetahal - crowning the Junior Calypso Monarch

Kirk Seetahal – crowning the Junior Calypso Monarch

Eight-year old Shanae Sylvan of Tivoli, St. Andrew’s walked away with the 2016 junior calypso crown after presenting a thrilling performance to the small, but appreciative spectators.

She got the nod of the five-member panel of judges who gave her a score of 248 points.

Sylvan who attends Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School at Tivoli sang “We Need Love,” in which she made a call for the Grenadian society to live in peace and harmony and to stop the killings.

The song was composed by her father, Wendell “Small Axe” Sylvan who is also a Calypsonian.

Dressed in white, and wearing a white pair of gloves, Sylvan walked away with crown ahead of 19 other Calypsonians.

The first-timer to calypso dethroned last year’s winner, Heidi Charles who tied in second place with Kate Mitchell. They both scored 236 points.

In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper, the eight-year old 2016 Junior Monarch said she was quite relaxed when presenting her song.

She said it took a very short time to learn the song that was written by her father.

Sylvan who will be going to Grade Four at the start of the new school year in September spoke of enjoying reading and singing calypso.

She expressed the hope of being able to continue singing calypso like her father with the intention of participating in the senior competition at an older age.

Michael Griffith copped the 4th place with a score of 233 points, followed by Kadeem Bowen who received a score of 230 points, and Kenisha Morain who got 226 points ended up in position number six.

There was a two-way tie for the seventh position between Aileen Charles and Jeloni Fleming who both scored 225 points, while the ninth spot was occupied by Negus John (224 points), and Ali Simon finished 10th on 221 points.

The junior calypsonians were backed by the Pioneer Band.

The Junior Calypso Monarch Competition, sponsored by telecommunication company, Digicel, was held this year separate from the Children’s Carnival Frolic (CCF) that took place last Saturday at the Grenada National Stadium.

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