After knocking on the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch semi-finals door for six years, Quon is heading straight to the finals.
“Perseverance is always the key. From a young boy, everything would not always go my way from the beginning. Growing up, it was always a matter of persevering and keep trying all the time. I think that my love for calypso is everlasting. I don’t think that I would ever stop singing calypso. In light of that, I continued singing every year and I’ve got my family backing me,” he told the Weekend Buzz.
What is it about calypso that he loves?
“Me and my family we’re very much into what is happening in the economy and I think that in calypso you can speak about anything. It is one of those genres where you can just put in anything and you can do so much with the art form,” he said.
The Queen’s College student who is competing in the 13-18 category, has been juggling practising for the finals where he will appear first, with cricket as he is playing in the Sir Garry Sobers tourney.
His song, Why I Sing, was written with his input by the WaterStreet Boyz (Ian iWeb Webster and Cheyne Jones) who wrote for him previously.
“When I went to them this year, I told them, ‘Well, you know man, I’ve been singing six years and I think people tell me all the time you know you should stop singing because you ain’t getting nowhere with it.
“So, I think I really needed to let people know why I was singing’. It was not really just to get in but to let people see the reasons why I sing and the topical issues I can speak about while singing.”
Quon, christened Dequon Alleyne, is the reigning Barbados Talented Teen. He said that being involved in pageantry has increased his self-confidence and moulded him into a strong individual which in turn helped with his delivery in calypso.
The member of the House of Soca calypso tent also said that being in the tent has “skyrocketed” his confidence level. He noted that the performances during the season enhanced his chances in the Junior Monarch and for that he is grateful.
Additionally, he spoke of his personal growth and believes that nothing happens before its time.
“For me, over the past few years, I grew tremendously, and I think it was really my time this year. It was about stage performance and interacting with the audience more.
“I think this year, I was very, very confident in what I was doing basically thanks to Ian Webster because he would always back me in everything I was doing. I think I was a lot more confident this year in terms of my delivery,” said the student, who will be pursing CAPE studies in accounting, and other business-related subjects come September. (GBM)