On Tuesday February 2nd, 2016. Sharissa Camejo of Holy Name Convent POS dominated the Junior Calypso Monarch (Secondary Schools Category) and was crowned first place winner.
Sharissa comes from a musical family. Her father is a musical composer, director and a member of bunji’s band. Her older brother Sergio Camejo has participated in various competitions, while her youngest brother Stefan Camejo placed 1st in the Junior Soca Monarch (primary schools Category).
I got the privilege of interviewing a fellow student paving her way in the musical industry.
Junior calypso monarch queen huh? How does It feel to win such a title?
Sharissa : At first on the stage I was so relieved and excited that all of my hard work over the years has paid of, even when I say I’m the junior calypso monarch. I can’t believe it.
Wow! How long have you been aiming for this title?
Sharissa : For 4 years. The first year I placed second in standard 5 , Second year didn’t get into the finals, the third year I placed third, now finally here I am.
Sounds like a solid example of perseverance? How old where you when you started competing in standard 5?
Sharissa: I was 11 years old, attending sacred heart girls.
Your family must be so proud of you and your siblings
Sharissa: Yes they are
How did you celebrate your success?
Sharissa: Every year after competitions , the whole carnival crew (backups,artists,parents) go out to eat and we just lime and enjoy each other’s company.
Sounds like fun
Sharissa :Yes it is
I’ve heard your song and as someone who appreciates good music. I was extremely impressed.
Sharissa : Thank you very much.
What was the inspiration behind it?
Sharissa: Well the title was arranged was arranged in the chorus by my parents to bring T&T together as one and seeing as we are going through recession,trinbagonians need an anthemto keep them striving on and fighting for our nation.
Sharissa: Yay! The song works
Who do you look up to the most?
Sharissa: No one in particular,but actually to all the calypsonians who have entered the junior calypso and progressed to senior calypso
Do you plan on defending your title next year?
Sharissa : But of course!that is not even a discussion among us Camejos. I ‘WILL’ defend my title.
Well thank you for bearing with me and my and my million and 1 questions
Sharissa: You’re welcome and thank you for interviewing me.