Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rivaldo, 12, wins Sando Junior Monarch title again


BIG PERFORMANCE: Rivaldo London sings his winning song “My Trini-Dad” during the San Fernando Junior Calypso Monarch competition at San Fernando City Hall yesterday. —Photo: INNIS FRANCIS

Mark Fraser

RIVALDO London is this year’s San Fernando Junior Calypso Monarch.

The youngster, the nephew of calypsonian Brian London, came out on top from a field of 13.

London, 12, sang a powerful tune “My Trini-Dad” calling on fathers to rise to be role models again.

He beat his 16-year-old brother Ronaldo, who sang “Hear My Cry”, into second place by nine points.

The competition was held at the San Fernando City Hall Auditorium.

In third place was Kevan Calliste, grandson of Leroy “Stalin” Calliste, who sang “No Game”.

This was the second time that London, a form one pupil of Iere High School, Siparia, has won the competition.

In 2012 he copped the title for the first time when he sang “Put the Kaiso in School”.

London received a challenge trophy and is expected to also receive a cash incentive of $2500 next month at the prize giving ceremony.

“Overwhelmed” and “relieved” were the words London used to describe his emotions after winning.

He said: “I was not really expecting to win. There were some talented performers in the competition. I was scared before the competition but I gained confidence during my performance. It was a good practice to warm up in preparation for TUCO semi-finals (today) in Port of Spain.”

London said he had no desire to enter the soca arena but one day hopes to enter the big yard alongside other calypsonians at the Dimanche Gras competition. London said he also sings reggae and rhythm and blues.

His uncle, Brian, said he was pleased with his nephew’s performance. He said he wrote four of the songs in the competition – the top three and “This is a Call” performed by Mickyle Calliste.

Judge Annette Lessey said the competition was a fantastic opportunity for the children to display their talent.