About 50 children were invited to sing the words of the Mighty Sparrow’s classic calypso “Education” at the launch yesterday of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation TUCO)/First Citizens Bank (FCB) National Junior Calypso Monarch 2014.
The idea came from Olson Oliver, School Supervisor 111, Port of Spain and Environs Education District who felt the lines “Children go to school and learn well, otherwise later on in life you will catch real hell”, would inspire the prospective contestants. The launch took place at FCB Corporate Centre, # 9 Queen’s Park East, Port of Spain.
Several preliminary events will take place throughout the country from February 2 with the final taking place on February 24 at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah from 10 a.m.
Among those present were TUCO officials led by president Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba. Also attending were calypsonians Mark John (Contender), Duane O’Connor, and Road March champion Austin Lyons (SuperBlue). They were joined by Thora Best, chair, TUCO Junior Calypso committee and Stephen H Pennie, manager, St Vincent Street Branch, FCB and past and current monarchs Aaron Duncan and Jeromy Rodriguez, Express 2013 Youth of the Year. The first prize is $25,000.
Oliver encouraged the children to develop their God-given talents via the medium of calypso. Among the schools present were Woodbrook Secondary, Holy Name Convent, South East North Secondary, Bishop Anstey High School, Trinity Junior and St Mary’s College.
Oliver said, “It is a pleasure to speak to you about an opportunity to develop your creativity. Pursue the things which are life-giving and laudable. It speaks to the competition and how you can excel in kaiso. Look at the eloquence of excellence in kaiso. You cannot be on stage without showing the beauty of your God-given talents. God has made each one of you with a special gift.”
He told them to remember their topics should be uplifting and that they are ambassadors for the art form.