It was another solid night of biting kaiso and smooth social commentaries at the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Tent 2 on the grounds of the Combermere School last Sunday.
This second show gave the performers another night to demonstrate their skills on the calypso stage and to get more practice before the big finals night in July.
In the 13-18 age group, Mhizz Kibabba once again commanded the respect of the stage with her inspiring performance of ‘A Song for the Children’. Similar to last week, she showed great confidence and demonstrated an expert use of the stage – inspiring from such a young performer. Dria and Princess Make’da also gave solid performances with their renditions of ‘Don’t Give up’ and ‘Tell Me Why’ respectively.
Dynamo was one of the bigger stars for the entire show with his deep and passionate delivery of ‘Tales from De Crypt’. The song, which tackles the prevalence of violence among our youth, had all the right elements that make a great social commentary. The lyrical content was potent, the delivery was strong, and the brass, of course, from the band, was impactful.
De Overcomer’s ‘Bon Appetite’ was another example of classic calypso on the night. The lyrics were deep but easy to follow, the delivery was sound and the use of the stage was excellent as to be expected from a seasoned lover of the arts.
Once again KCB showed off her prowess with her sterling performance of ‘Save This Country’ in the 7-12 age category. She exuded confidence again this week, and a determination to win in her category. That said, she has strong competition from the Mighty Bit Bit and Master Kei. Bit Bit was amazing with ‘Please Give Bit Bit De Crown’. His charm and the depth of his vocal ability continue to stun us every time he graces the stage.
Master Kei’s second year in the competition has been a great one so far. His diction and use of the stage have been on point and with his song ‘Homeless not Hopeless’, he throws a much-needed spotlight on the problem of homelessness within our country.
Another solid rendition came from Star Diamond who performed ‘Bim Tomorrow’. Her message that nefarious elements are invading our modern society is an important one that must be addressed at all levels.
Xavi brought a humorous piece entitled ‘No Idea’, which had the crowd in stitches.
It is clear from the quality of the songs performed that finals night cannot be missed at any cost.