AARON DUNCAN left the Junior Chutney Soca stage yesterday like a king.
The 14-year-old pupil of St George’s College won his fifth Junior Chutney Soca Monarch title in the secondary schools’ category of the National Carnival Schools Intellectual Chutney Soca Monarch Competition, at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Jayda Celestine of St Michael’s Anglican won the Primary School category.
Duncan performed ‘Chutney Fire’, in which he sang about his love and appreciation for the music genre.
He also walked away with Best Lyrical Content.
Duncan said he felt proud of his accomplishment and is looking forward to competing in the finals of the International Soca Monarch competition tomorrow where he will create history as the youngest to ever compete in the event.
‘It’s a good way to leave the competition. Now, my focus is on senior competitions,’ Duncan said.
Duncan has dominated junior platforms for a long time. He has won 11 titles since beginning his career in 2010.
His mother, Lydia Duncan, said it was time for him to give others a chance and move on to other senior competitions. Duncan placed third in the Young Kings Calypso Competition recently.
Earlier in the competition, a confident little Jayda Celestine sang ‘Johnny Don’t Make No Joke’, in which she had strong advice to be successful in life.
Her rendition earned her first place in a competition that saw six pupils in the primary schools category and 15 pupils in the secondary schools category tackling a range of topics, including drunk driving, drugs, unity and patriotism.
Kevan Calliste, of St Benedict’s College, La Romaine, who advocated for corporal punishment as a discipline method for today’s youth, gave an energetic and entertaining performance while also noting the difference between abuse and ‘cuttail’. He placed sixth.
The programme was not without hiccups, though. Technical issues were a major setback in Melina Smith’s performance.
Smith, from Guaico Secondary School, who sang ‘Life in Trinidad’, could not be heard during her entire performance.
N’Janela Duncan Regis, of Corpus Christi College, Diego Martin, was also affected by technical issues until judges spoke up. Regis was given an opportunity to start over.
Smith and Duncan placed seventh and tenth respectively.
RESULTS Primary Schools
1. Jayda Celestine
2. Sharla Zakiya Grant
3. Dabria Baptiste
4. Leshawna Williams
5. Camille Smith
6. Jamarion Jack
1. Aaron Duncan
2. Nirmala Ramdass Singh
3. Catherine Chandler
4. Bethany Lightbourne
5. Mackhadyon Charles
6. Kevan Calliste
7. Melina Smith
8. Jahmiah Richardson
9. Christina Chattergoon
10. N’Janela Duncan
11. Adana Dardaine
12. Matthew Shah
13. Tyra Deonarine
14. Akash Beharry
15. Iaisha Achong