Seven years, two crowns, and going for the third.
Samantha Sammy G Greaves has had an eventful and tremendous run in the Junior Monarch competition. With her run coming to an end this year, Sammy G told Bajan Vibes that she was going to miss the competition dearly, but was thankful for all she had learnt.
“I must say that it made me who I am today; developed me in a very strong and mature way. Taught me when to cry, and when not to cry. “They always tell me before I go on, don’t cry; always put a smile on your face, no matter the situation; always smile; and if you want to cry, cry at home. Always be brave. That’s what they taught me,” she reflected.
And, she said she would try her best not to cry during her final performance this year. Her song Curtain Call looks back on her years in their completeness, highlighting all the ups and downs.
“Well, I came up with the idea, and I said I’d like to sing about my years throughout the Junior Monarch competition. Curtain Call –– meaning ending, final goodbye, they will not be seeing me any more –– it’s thanking the sponsors, the people who came and watched me throughout the shows, and my parents.
“I’m just going to sing and enjoy it for the last time; might shed a li’l tear,” she said with a slight smile.
Of the last seven years in competition, Sammy G said she had learnt many valuable lessons that she would take with her into the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, on her new journey to calypso queen.
“In my seven years I met a lot of wonderful people. I must say that my seven years was nice. I learnt a lot throughout my seven years; and with those seven years I’ve gained two titles.
“And thanks to Auntie Sharon and the team and management of House Of Soca, I’ve learned to perform, stress on certain words in my performances, and about clothing. Clothing is very important. You must know how to dress, and you must know how to take yourself out
on stage . . . .“If you’re not on point, don’t go at all,” she said.
Last year, Sammy G made it to the semi-finals of the Pic-O-De-Crop; and, this year, her aim is to go all the way. She has two very powerful songs –– Revival and Please –– which should take her to the finals.
“Revival –– it’s speaking about Barbados; we need a revival in Barbados. We need spiritual cleaning from all the nasty habits we are portraying lately, especially about the Charlie Charlie and all this nonsense I am hearing about the schoolchildren. I think that we should come together as a nation and work on it.
“And the second song is Please, written by Red Plastic Bag himself, and arranged by Mark Husbands. It’s about Barbados begging. The people in Barbados are begging; not only for money, but for peace; and certain other gadgets other than money.
“And in the ending of the song, I am then begging. I’m begging for the people in Barbados to come together as one and work and adjust to suit –– and don’t depend on the politicians,” Sammy G explained She said she had faith and was determined to make it all the way.
“. . . You don’t know what might happen; so I am just preparing myself for the competitions; and whatever happens, happens. But I know at the end of the day I did my best,” the bubbly calypsonian said, adding that in five years she sees herself with another victory and driving home her winning car.
She offered some counsel to the young calypsonians who looked up to her and wanted to follow in her footsteps.
“As Sir Ruel says in his song, don’t give up on your dreams; come and sing, and you will eventually get somewhere. It’s nothing hard to do; just listen to the advice and you will get there,” the reigning Junior Monarch advised.
Sammy G added: “I just want to thank House Of Soca, my mum for being my number one supporter, and God. He’s always been there.”