Without the pressures of competing, the semifinalists in the Junior Monarch competition took to the stage last night for the first Junior Monarch tent at the Lester Vaughn Secondary School.
The packed auditorium got their monies worth and then some, as singers in both the 8 to 12 and 13 to 18 categories shared their skills for the upcoming semifinals on July 4th at Lester Vaughn.
And judging from last night, it will be a very keenly contested competition.
The 13 to 18 category will definitely be a battle royale and an exciting contest to watch, as many of those competing will be doing so for the final time as a junior.
Ah-Dee-Lah singing Remember Me, should she reach the finals – and it would be a surprise if she doesn’t – will give defending monarch Sammy G a run for her money for the title. Her song looks back on her years in the competition and urges everyone to remember her.
Ah-Dee-Lah exudes much confidence on stage and clearly had loads of fun with the song. The crowd loved it, thus giving her the first encore of the night.
The second encore of the night came from Raheem, who sang Don’t Shoot Me. His song spoke about the many shootings of black males in the USA recently, and how he has come to the realization that he lives in a paradise called Barbados.
His snazzy dance moves and charm further captivated the hearts of the audience and had them begging for more.
The younger 8 to 12 group was equally as entertaining. Dynamo, a regular to the competition gave his usual witty and humorous calypso in Drinkers Anthem. This young Christian, encouraged the young people to stay away from the alcohol and stick to Pinehill Dairy products.
The future of kaiso is definitely in good hands.
Look out for the full review in our Wednesday edition of Bajan Vibes. (DB)