CONFIDENT: Michael Jerod Griffith sings "Our Children, Our Future" to win the San Fernando Junior Calypso Monarch crown yesterday at Harris Promenade, San Fernando. Griffith, 11, of Freeport is one of the singers from the JJ and Friends group. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

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Michael Griffith, 11, wins Sando Junior Calypso Monarch title

By Innis Francis innis.francis@trinidadexprss.com  

JJ and Friends band singer Michael Jerod Griffith captured the San Fernando Junior Calypso Monarch crown yesterday at Harris Promenade, San Fernando.

Griffith, 11, of Freeport, secured the title ahead of 13 other competitors with his social commentary "Our Children, Our Future".

Griffith's mother, Joy Griffith, said the Standard Five pupil of Carapichaima Roman Catholic School entered the competition confident in his ability.

She said the calypso was written by Larry Harewood who produced Duane O'Connor's song "The Hunt is On" which earned him the National Calypso Monarch title last year.

She said Griffith only started singing calypso two years ago and made it to the finals last year.

Sherisse Collymore, who sang "The Game We Play", placed second.

Brothers Ronaldo and Rivaldo London tied for third place and Nku Patrick, singing "Role Models", placed fifth.

The London brothers are also nephews of former San Fernando calypso monarch Brian London.

The brothers delivered renditions based on social issues and how society treats young people. Ronaldo sang "I've Learnt To Rise" and Rivaldo sang "Parents".

Other finalists were Anika Collins, Joshua Hinds, Mandela Patrick, Kevin Calliste, Jiselle Singh, Jonnelle Manwaring, Emily Allen, Tenique Beckles and Alyssa Miller.

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