Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch finalist Symar always wanted to pursue singing, but she didn’t know which genre.
It was her friend Teri Sparkle T Williams-Niles, the reigning 13-18 monarch, who encouraged her to get into calypso. She took the plunge this year making it all the way to the finals in the13 to 18 category.
“I chose the topic for my song Beauty. It was written by Chrystal Cummins-Beckles. I wanted to focus on how society tries to dictate what you see as beautiful, the norms, and I wanted young women to know that they don’t have to fit not these norms to be beautiful, that your beauty starts when you are beautiful,” she told the Weekend Buzz.
The Queen’s College student said she was taught the song in parts which came easily but the “hardest part” was learning the melody.
“Honestly, when I entered [Junior Monarch] I was hopeful I would get into the finals. I like to take things in stages, so my goal was always just to get to the next level. I think my semi-finals performance shocked a lot of people especially coming from prelims [where] I was very shy and to myself. I grew a lot through a lot of rehearsals to get to that point at the semi-finals.
“I’m trying, since this is my first year, to bring a different look to calypso and doing things that people haven’t done in the past. My presentation is on its final touches,” Symar said.
“Despite of the outcome of the finals, I would enter again because I really enjoyed being on stage. I believe that calypso belongs to us and it’s something that we need to take forward to help grow. I would tell any of my friends to enter the competition or just to sing calypso and get involved in it even if it isn’t being on stage.
“Go to the tents and such like, because it is something that if we as young people don’t carry it forward it won’t go anywhere,” she said.
She noted that her parents are very supportive of her endeavours and when she told them she wanted to enter the competition, they backed her.
“Anything I want to do they tell me go ahead and try. I always like to try new things,” said the lower sixth student who is pursuing CAPE studies in history, sociology, and art. She plans to go to the University of the West Indies to read for a degree in law.
Symar has competed in NIFCA as a dancer and is a member of the Mustardseed Ensemble which she said takes up a lot of her time.
“I’m really into anything that is art-related. I would like to be a triple threat – dancer, singer, actor – and an entrepreneur because I believe that in this economy you have to be able to have something else going for you in case you don’t get employed.”
The finalist said she is still thinking about what she wants to be involved with business-wise but she has a few things in mind. (GBM)