THE grandson and great-nephew of five-time Calypso Monarch Leroy "Black Stalin" Calliste competed in the preliminaries of the San Fernando Junior Calypso Monarch competition Friday.
The boys—Kevin Calliste and Mickyle Calliste—were among 20 junior competitors at the preliminary round held at the Amphitheatre, Harris Promenade, San Fernando.
All contenders proved strong with renditions dealing with political and social issues.
Despite the late start, discrepancies in the programme and problems with the flow of contestants, seating and parking arrangements, the primary and secondary school pupils delivered.
The competition is scored in the categories of lyrics, melody, rendition, presentation and originality.
Those hoping to move into the finals are Renaldo London, Khalid Hinds, Josuha Hinds, Emily Allen, Rachel Allen, Mandela Patrick, Kevin Calliste, Mickyle Calliste, Gerard Michael Griffith, Jiselle Singh, Ada Maria Pope, Anika Collins, Alysa Miller and Nku Patrick.
Local Government Councillor John Mark Chankersingh, in his opening remarks, advised parents and teachers to continue to motivate their children to search and find their talents.
He said: "If you don't harness young talent we won't have a future in preserving our culture."
Chankersingh said it was important to encourage children, so that as they grew older, they would appreciate all they were taught.
The results will be announced next week and the finals of the competition will be held on January 25.