Junior Monarch Finalists

Finalists in the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Competition were named Sunday, July 2, 2023 around 11 p.m. after 13 juniors faced off in the calypso category and 12 went ding dong in the soca category.

The announcements were made after the semi-finals which was held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre before a packed and lively crowd.

In the calypso category are: Slay, Danekia, Potent, King K, The Mighty Bit Bit, Mhizz Khibaba, Sabiah and Sakarah. The reserve is Khaleesi. Finalists in soca category are: Zarie B, Joshua B, Josh Ox, The Showman, Ranesha, Lil Stathis and Trinity. The reserve is King Shad.

A new monarch will be crowned in the calypso category since reigning monarch Yahandje has aged out of the competition and therefore will not be competing. In the soca category, they will have to dethrone reigning monarch Tae who will be defending her title. Tae won the competition in 2019 and 2022.

In the audience cheering on the juniors were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Senator Dr Shantal Munro-Knight and Deputy Chairman of the NCF’s Board of Management Sheldon Hope.

The Scotiabank Junior Monarch Finals will be held on July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Wildey Gymnasium.

Category: Calypso

Given Name            Sobriquet     Song

Alyssa Harris         Slay    Just Like These Women

Kiara Drayton-Archer    Mhizz Khibaba      Unity Is Strength

Eden Murrell         Potent           Can’t Lash We

Danesha Davis      Danekia        Dear John

Kadarius Allen      King K           Dear God

Kenaz Walker        The Mighty

Bit Bit            Drugs and Disobedience

Sabiah Gaskin        Sabiah           Your Creation

Sakarah Thomas   Sakarah        Alexa


Khalija Kellman    Khaleesi       De Bully

Finalists in the soca from left are: King Shad (reserve), Trinity, Lil Stathis, Ranesha, The Showman, Josh Ox, Joshua B and Zarie B. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Category: Soca

Given Name            Sobriquet     Song

Jazarie Belgrave    Zarie B          Get Active

Joshua Oxley          Joshox           Push De Truck

Sephon Sealy         Lil Stathis     Fold In Half

Kymani Devonish            The Showman       We Doan Care

Ranesha Stewart  Ranesha       Good Vibes

Trinity Clarke        Trinity          I Love Soca

Joshua Blackman Joshua B      Dis Sweet Festival


Rashad Applewhaite      King Shad    Jam Down

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