For Charice Walrond it was perseverance and a ride of true Honesty about experiences dear to her heart that took her to victory in the 13-18 category of the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Competition last year.
As the curtain falls on her reign, Honesty as she is known on stage, she has her eyes set on the 2014 Pic-O-De-Crop, and if all goes as planned she will be following in the footstepsof her friend and fellow young calypsonian Aziza Clarke who entered the senior competition last year.
Charice recently shared her memories of her journey with Scotiabank marketing manager, Amanda Lynch-Foster.
The young calypsonian, who first started competing in the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Competition at the age of 14, admitted that the journey began with the encouragement of Aziza. She credited Aziza as one of the early inspirations for her interest in calypso, but pointed out that she has since developed her own appreciation for the value of the art form and not just for its monetary gains.
In reminiscing about her reign, Charice recounted fondly her opportunity to perform on a Trinidadian stage, the exposure to methods of performance preparation across the ocean and other lessons learned, plus a chance to rub shoulders with Trinidadian calypso legends like Singing Sandra.
The future looks bright for Charice who has an interest in songwriting, but says she still has a lot to learn before taking that plunge.
One bit of advice this outgoing monarch will definitely take on board as a blossoming songwriter is the importance of the message in the lyrics to the deliverer – a lesson that she learned on her own journey through the competition.
Ronald Davis, NCF cultural officer for music, says this is definitely a focus of the Junior Workshops that have been a staple in the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Programme for many years.
“We always advise songwriters to stay within a medium that is in keeping with the level of the singer. The person’s ability to relate to the message in the lyrics is key to his/her effective delivery of the right measure of emotion required for the particular song,”he said.
David thanked Scotiabank for its continued support and contended that the growth of the programme would not have been possible without the company’s vision and commitment to the development of our youth.
Scotiabank senior marketing manager Lisa Cole pledged the company’s continued commitment to the Junior Monarch Programme in 2014 with an increase in the prize money for the competition and a special prize for the Best Junior Soca Song.
She said that as a longtime sponsor of the festival for over 20 years, Scotiabank wanted to do something special for the 40th Anniversary of Crop Over and they saw this increased involvement as an ideal opportunity to cement their support not only for Junior Monarch but also for the Crop Over Festival on the whole.