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Aaron scores back-to-back wins

By NEWSDAY REPORTER Friday, February 1 2013

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WINNER A FOURTH TIME: Young calypso singer, Aaron Duncan, centre, with the winner's trophy at the Eastern Credit Union 24th annual Calypso competition...
WINNER A FOURTH TIME: Young calypso singer, Aaron Duncan, centre, with the winner's trophy at the Eastern Credit Union 24th annual Calypso competition...

Aaron Duncan, stole the show once again, after winning the Eastern Credit Union’s 24th Annual Primary Schools’ Calypso Competition on Wednesday..

Holding the title for the fourth consecutive time, Duncan, who attends Newtown Boys’ RC, wowed the crowd with his 2013 song “Aim High.”

The audience could not stop chanting Duncan’s name, as Errol Fabien, host of the calypso show, teased the crowd before announcing the winner. Students from 12 primary schools across the country entered the Calypso competition, which was held at the La Joya Sporting Complex, St Joseph. The children’s calypso covered a number of different social issues, including poor parenting, education, abortion, and crime. Duncan walked away with $3,000, while second-place winner, Kaylene Rigsby of Chaguanas RC School received $1,500, for her song “Ah Missing Miss.”

Third place went to Jerod Griffith of Carapichaima RC School, who received $1,000 for his song, “Our Children, Our Future.” Griffith also won the special prize of $500 for the, “Calypso promoting Credit Union Philosophy.” Another special prize of $500 for the best Road March song, went to Asia Richardson of San Fernando Girls’ Anglican School, for her song, “Maruba.” Duncan not only won the Eastern Credit Union’s Calypso Competition, but also retained his crown for the forth time in the National Youth Action Committee’s (NYAC) Calypso Pioneers competition, Tuesday last.

Speaking with the nine-year-old singer, he thanked God for allowing him to win again. “I love singing and entertaining people. I thank God for allowing me to sing, and that he gave me the power to continue,” expressed Duncan. He said, when he performed on stage, all he thought about was making God proud first, and then his family and school. When asked who are his favourite calypsonians, without hesitation, he said the Mighty Sparrow for his song “Education,” and Lord Kitchener for his song, “Sugar Bum Bum.”

In terms of favourite soca artistes, Duncan said he loves Machel Montano, and Patrice Roberts, noting that he has already performed in a number of Montano’s music videos.

Duncan will also be competing at the National Junior Calypso Monarch competition, at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain on February 4, in hopes of retaining his title for the fourth time. However, Duncan does not fear losing his title, as he stated that God allows things to happen for a reason. “If I do not win the National Calypso Monarch, I would still be thankful that I had the opportunity to compete. I will walk over to the winner and congratulate them, because I would feel very happy for them,” said Duncan. His mother, Lydia Duncan, told Newsday her son has been singing since he was three, and started competing when he was five years old. Since then, the young singer has won every major competition he has entered, and according to his mother, “he wins because of the passion, and expression he puts into his songs.” Also present at the Calypso Show, was Samuel “Brigo” Abraham, who was honoured this year by the credit union for his outstanding contribution to calypso.

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