For budding calypsonian Just Kari(Kari-Anne), being a finalist in her first year of the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch competition is very exciting.
The 10-year-old pupil of the Blackman and Gollop Primary School told the Weekend Buzz that after her school’s annual calypso competition did not come off, she decided to enter the national contest.
“It is very exciting because I like to be on stage. I want to be a musician when I grow up. So, I just thought it was a very good opportunity to show my talent. At first, I decided to enter my school’s competition but that was postponed due to the election but I found the Junior Monarch.
“At the first tent, I was very excited. I didn’t know what to expect. I enjoyed my performance. I love to go on stage. [At the semi-finals], I was not nervous, I wasn’t shocked or anything. I just went up on stage and I don’t know what happened. I just do what I do. I love to perform,” she said.
Her song Where All The Good Girls Gone, was written by her mother Carol-Ann Holford-Sam and Billboard Murrell, who also arranged the music.
“It’s about girls, specifically me, looking for role models and I think that on social media there are a lot of bad influences and I find that girls commonly look up to those bad influences instead of looking up to good influences like teachers.
“I am calling on more women because I’m just looking at women but there are male influences also,” Just Kari said.
One thing she attributed to entering the competition, is overcoming her shyness and becoming more confident. She intends to participate again next year.
Just Kari, who will be writing the 11-Plus Pus exam next year, said when she is at home, she does not rehearse even though her mother wants her to. She prefers to sit and colour than sing.
Her mother said she wrote the song as a poem.
“This was actually my first try. I never had any experience with writing songs or anything but when she came to me and said she wanted to be part of the Blackman and Gollop competition, I was saying she was a shy child, but I have to encourage her in whatever she wants to do.
“She and her brother were playing one day and I just looked at her and it just came to me. It was written in basically five minutes. At a certain time, when she becomes a teenager, mummy will no longer be that role model for her. She is going to want to look towards social media, she is going to want to look towards her friends.
“So within my heart of hearts I know that I want that strong influence for her and in a way I’m giving her that secret message as well as to what to look to,” she said.
Holford-Sam, who is a teacher, said that after being inspired by her daughter Kari-Anne, she had a calypso competition at Vauxhall Primary where she teaches.
She may make another effort to write and already has “one or two songs” put aside because her seven-year-old son wants to enter the junior’s contest next year. (GBM)