New Groovy Soca Monarch Crowned
Turning our attention now to the Groovy Soca Monarch Finals which was held on Saturday night at the National Park. It was an easy win for Seasoned local Soca star Jomo as he took control of the stage from the time he began his performance and proved that experience really matters. Jomo had the ladies pushing that bumpa all the way to capturing the inaugural banks groovy monarch crown.
This was Jomo’s first appearance in a local competition and from all appearances you can expect to see a whole lot more of him in the Soca competitions. Michelle Big Red King came in all black as she returned to the competition stage settling an old score in the process. She was the last to appear on stage but ended up in the 2nd spot. Big red and her groovy hit “wuk it down” had the small crowd in a groovy frenzy as the Soca crown once again eluded her head. She didn’t seem too worried though as she went through her own holiday list.
For it is written “weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning” And Joy came very early Sunday morning for Gospel singer Dallas forte as he got the judges’ nod and the lord’s blessings landing in the 3rd spot. It was the first time that a gospel singer entered a local Soca competition and Dallas showed that he had more than unspeakable joy.
Calypsonian Sweet Kendingo may not have had the grooviest of groovy songs but his where the party deh soca entry got the judges nod for the 4th position. His shirt had a palm tree design to it making you wonder what party he was really singing about.
Adrian Dutchin the 3 time Carib Soca monarch seemed out of it as he delivered a performance that didn’t measure up to his usual on stage performances. Adrian came with his song ah tekkin it and left without it, instead grabbing the 5th position.
Reigning Carib Soca Monarch Bonesman may have been taught that its not wise to mix your beers as he was left out of the top 5 in the Banks competition. Vanilla didn’t find favor or flavor with the judges and they ended her party that she said cant done. B52, the artiste formerly known as lil man turned up on stage in a big suit asking the judges for just one night. Saturday wasn’t his night and he too ended up out of the top positions.
Of the others who didn’t make the final cut, Roger Brains of the Brutal Jammers band should have been somewhere in the top picks as his groovy song and performance proved to be a cut above many others. Some of the other performances were just bad and may have had no place in the finals. The organizers will have to do a lot of work if they want the competition to remain on the mash calendar. Other than the late start, it appeared as though not enough was don’t to promote the show. It pulled in jus around 1000 patrons. The banks groovy monarch signaled the start to the 2011 Mashramani season.