Reigning Calypso Queen, Janae Jackson is encouraging young female calypsonians in Dominica to “strive for the best” in order to succeed.
She made that statement while delivering remarks at the launch of the Dominica ‘Kaiso’ Calypso Hall of Fame held at the UWI Auditorium on Thursday.
According to Jackson, she is elated to see so many women involved in Calypso which can match up to the men.
“Push yourself, always try something new especially in your Calypso career maybe you haven’t tried a certain style, or variety in song or maybe you need to hit another range, always push yourself in Calypso to strive for the best, because Calypso is a whole different pressure…,” she advised. “I am very happy to see that there are a lot of women who are interesting in the art form. I pray to God that we can carry it through and year-after-year there will be other young women coming up to carry that on.”
Jackson further advised female calypsonians to put their best foot forward.
“You have to know how to give, you have to know how to take in the same respect,” she stated.
Jackson said she is proud to be part of the art form and she don’t intend to give up on Calypso.
“With my love for Calypso, as long as God gives me life and strength I think I will be around in Calypso and will always have a place for it in my heart for a very long time,” she noted.
Meantime she advised young women to do everything in moderation during the Carnival celebrations.
“Being it’s in the Calypso season as well and Calypso and Carnival are intertwined I would also, as a young woman growing, up I would also give a cautionary measure to those young women that you do everything in moderation,” she advised. “There is life after Carnival and I think that some people tend to forget and live in the movement too much.”