It was a 1-2-3 for the newly created village of Lacalome in St. David as the first three spots in the Clear Harbor Junior Calypso Monarch competition went to competitors from the area.
With a total of 242 points, 15 year old Kate Mitchell with her rendition of “Save the Youth” captured the title last Friday night in the competition held at Carnival City on the Carenage in St. George.
A total of 15 young Calypsonians took to the stage to showcase their talents before the judges.
Mitchell dethroned last year’s winner, nine-year old Shanae Sylvan who had to settle for the third spot in a tied position on 235 points with Heidi Charles who sang “Believe.”
Mitchell who placed second in last year’s competition told reporters after the show that she came with the intention to win the crown.
“I was confident. I knew I was going to place good because last year I came second, so I know this year I wanted to come and give it my all. I came back stronger this year. Next year I just know I have to keep up my A game – next year is same thing or even better,” she said.
Placing second with 238 points, was 14-year old Michael Griffith with his song “Take back your place”.
Sylvan who came into the competition with the intention to retain her title said she will be working hard to try and take back her crown in 2018.
The 5th spot went to Shade Sylvan who did “Crocodile Cry” while the 6th position was taken by Kadeem Bowen with “Stop the back biting”.
Aileen Hector who sang “Afraid came in 7th and Mattisha Gairy and her song “Young ladies” occupied the 8th position.
There was a tie for the 9th spot between Kneon Stanislaus (Spice Island) and to Lidj John who sang on the night, “Not Parents to Blame”.
The 1st place winner and second place received a trophy and voucher compliments the GUT Credit Union
After the show, THE NEW TODAY newspaper spoke with veteran Calypsonian, Elwin “Black Wizard” McQuilken who worked with at least four of the Calypsonians who took part in the competition.
“It was great competition so I think it’s good for the future of calypso. I agree with the first and second position…but the other positions could have gone differently,” he said.
Black Wizard made a call for more calypsonians from the other parishes to be fully representatives in the competition.
He noted that most of the competitors came from three parishes, -St. David, St. George and St. Andrew.
This, he said is due to the GUT Credit Union and its “Pass the Torch” programme “where we work with the young calypsonians” in those parishes.
“…I think it is unfair to the other parishes that they don’t have any work being done with them… I am not blaming the GUT for that, I am blaming the people at the Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Foundation and Spicemas Corporation,” he added.
Black Wizard believes that the work with the young calypsonians needs to be extended all the way to the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.