Children from a few summer camps, parents and guardians and members of the public got a bit of a taste this afternoon of what to expect come Saturday when 16 youngsters will face off at the Wildey Gymnasium for two crowns.
And by the enthusiastic response, particularly to performances like Dynamo, Quinn P, and AG in the 8 to 12 Category; and reigning Queen Sammy G, Small One and Lil Az among the 13 to 18s, it will definitely be a fight come July 21.
Dynamo’s addition of a little jonesing, as well as his dapper appearance and clear delivery of Wisdom, found favour with the audience, especially the summer camp children, while Quinn P’s melodic I Come To You, Shango Man and the lyrics of AG’s Striking and Sweeping earned a few whistles along with the screams.
It was just a showcase ahead of the “big deal” but some of the youngsters came out to show what they were made of in the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Lunchtime Concert.
Among the seniors in the IBM/Scotiabank Junior Monarch Finals, while not performing Mandisa earned the audience’s praise when it was announced that she had been given doctor’s orders to rest since falling ill after her performance at the semi’s stage on Friday. She will be competing on Saturday, and the mild mannered Barbados Community College student came on stage to encourage the audience to come out and support all the contestants.
Just ahead of her appearance, Lil Az, the youngest competitor ever in the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, and two-time junior queen left the Frank Collymore Hall in an uproar with her Black Woman Rising, which she performed comfortably, confidently and with passion.
It cannot be said that reigning Monarch Sammy G will just hand over her crown though, because she came to share some advice for the youth with Wash Dem Mout, in her first appearance among the juniors yet this season.
Also performing in the 8 to 12: Jazz Z — Cricket; Jade — Raise Your Flag; Raanan — The New Raanan; Winette — Sound Education; Mighty Princess — Make Time For Your Children and reserve Mighty King — Stop The Discrimination.
In the 13 to 18 were AC — You Can’t Beat Me Again; Nubian Queen — You Do Dat In Front O’ We; Adela — Guide Me; Small One — Stop The Bullying and Young Dia — Pray, with reserve T-Girl singing I Am HIV. (LB)