The National School’s Calypso competition blazed the trail last weekend, surpassing all expectations and showcasing the exemplary talent of youth.
Eleven primary and 12 secondary schools participated in the competition, assuring all by their high standards that the future of calypso is promising.
Junior Calypso has made an indefinable impression on this year’s calendar of carnival events. So says show organisers and supporters who were inspired and entertained by a cadre of 23 young dynamic calypsonians.
The show’s execution was perhaps the results of intense preparation which included two weeks of rehearsals, internal competitions within schools and writing assistance from some senior calypsonians.
The event was produced by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the Carnival Stakeholders Committee.
Chief Education Officer Marcus Edward was quite impressed with the creativity involved in the presentations and applauded all the teachers and principals who were involved in the process.
“My impression of the first round is exciting. I think the schools, the students, the calypsonians have given a very good account of themselves. I am delighted I am ecstatic by what I have seen and I am sure that the persons present and all the persons involved in putting this process together would be very excited,” Edward said.
In the primary school category, Paul Alex from the La Guerre Primary School was crowned Junior Calypso King with a flourishing rendition entitled ‘Respect Water.’.
Nikle Deterville from the Corinth Secondary school captured the Junior Crown in that category. Most promising primary school calypsonian went to Michael Joseph and in the secondary category, Kareem Calixte.
The show was held at the National Cultural Centre on Sunday, June 9, 2013.