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J'urgen

J’urgen for the Love of the Culture

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Meet J’urgen, formerly known as Little Nick – a newcomer to the National Groovy Soca Monarch and Calypso Monarch finals stage. Although this is J’urgen’s first time competing, his life on stage began during his primary school days; he is a two-time Junior Calypso Monarch (2013 & 2014), Junior Groovy Monarch (2015). From then, he went to on to compete in the National Calypso competition from 2016 until 2019 , reaching as far as the semi-finals.

We spoke to J’urgen, and this what he shared with us:

AB: Tell us, who is J’urgen?
J: My name is Nikile Calderon, however my middle name Jurgen was given to me by dad as he was a huge fan of soccer player Jurgen Klinsman. I am twenty three years of age, and grew up in Castries St Lucia. I am currently Entertainment Supervisor at a prominent resort on the island. I have been a calypso and soca lover from the tender age of four; I would dance to the sweet sounds, and this is where I developed my love for culture.

AB: This year you will not only be competing in the Groovy final but also the Calypso final for the first time. Tell us how you feel about this accomplishment, and how are you preparating for the big events?
J: This is a huge accomplishment for me. I mean, after making it to the semifinals back in 2016, I took some time to work on my music and my craft in order to better myself and this feels like all the work I have put into my self-development has paid off. My team are conducting vocal training with me, getting everything together production wise, and the aim is to do ten times better than the previous years.


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AB: What are the titles of your competing songs and can you give us a little background; what was the inspiration behind them?

J:  Groovy: Joana

The magic behind this song must be credited to my producer/writer/manager, Courtney Louis. He was the one who came up with the idea, and we took it from there. It was all based on real life experiences. We wanted to highlight our culture and of course our beautiful Joanas; love to all our strong, talented and positive women out there. That is my definition of a ‘Joana’.

Calypso: Papishow

It is a good song to sing along to really…

Vol Air

This song is also one to listen to carefully and enjoy. From my point of view, I think songs like this are needed every year. This is our culture, and it shouldn’t be taken personal around this Carnival time.

AB: After a two-year break, revellers are excited for this Carnival, especially to crown new monarchs. What are your expectations for yourself and your performances on finals night?
J: I will be crowned champion (self-belief) this is what I am expecting on those nights and I will try my best to deliver the best performance. I think it will be very refreshing for the culture and those who indulge to not only see a new but a young monarch. It sends a huge message ,and also shows that the future is bright for this art form.

AB: What would you say has been your biggest challenge so far in terms of getting to the finals and preparing for the competition?
J: Biggest difficulty so far is voice management. I mean, I feel safe enough to say that I will sound better, but it is a process that I must say I don’t enjoy. Some of my daily habits have stopped.

AB: When we hear J’urgen, what can we the fans look forward to for the rest of the season, and possibly beyond?
J: More music for sure, throughout this year. Just simply good vibes.

Look out for J’urgen on National Groovy Soca Monarch night, Friday 8 July, and on the National Calypso stage on Saturday 9 July at The SAB, Vigie Playing Fields, Castries, Saint Lucia.


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