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High-energy performances at Schools Soca Monarch

Sunday, January 15, 2012
Tyler Williams of Arima Central Secondary shakes up the Port-of-Spain City Hall auditorium with his Soca Earthquake in the Secondary Schools category of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation 2012 Flavorite Supreme Ice Cream National Schools Soca Monarch Prelims yesterday. PhotoS: BRIAN NG FATT

High-energy performances complete with jumping, waving and wining were part of the reasons the Flavorite Supreme Ice Cream National Schools Soca Monarch competition could have been mistaken for its adult counterpart. The competition kicked off its preliminary round at City Hall yesterday, with 15 primary school pupils and over 30 secondary school students. Familiar names like reigning Junior Calypso King Aaron Duncan, Ferdinand Smith, Timel Rivas and Khiry Flemming joined several past participants and newcomers as they crooned lyrics on topics from the crime situation in T&T to respecting one’s elders and of course, jumping and waving.

The event, which is hosted by the Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts saw last year’s Primary Schools’ winner Sergio Camejo’s transition to the Secondary School competition where he will attempt to de-throne the current monarch Mark Pierre. Sergio’s younger brother Stefan, seven, will be competing in the Primary Schools’ category and will try to keep the title within his family. Stefan performed third in yesterday’s preliminary and delivered an energetic performance of a song his father said he learned in just four days. Judges for the preliminary round of the competition were Judy Noel, Paul Massey, Denise Pritchard and Josephine Torel-Taylor. The semifinals of the competition will take place on January 28, followed by the finals on February 10.


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