The final leg of the 592 Soca Monarch Competition was held last Saturday at D’Urban Park in an atmosphere of excitement and revelry as patrons came out to show support for their favourite artiste.
The Heat Wave band, which includes some of Guyana’s finest talent in the music industry entertained the crowd and prepared them for the performances to come by the 15 competing local artists vying for supremacy in the final.
As the competition got underway, each artiste proved their worth on stage. They did not disappoint which brought fierce rivalryfor the reigning monarch.
First on stage was Kady Kish with her song “Soca My Religion.” She paved the way for fellow competitors,Lisa John aka Lisa Banton, Adrian ‘Cardiac’, Lewis , Diana Chapman, Shaundell ‘JP’ Alleyne , Stephen Ramphal, Rudolph ‘Sweet Kendingo’ Kendal, Melissa ‘Vanilla’ Roberts, Osbert ‘Vintage’ Cain, Brandon Harding,Joseph ‘Hot Rass’ Smith, Relon Sumner, Jonathan ‘Lil Red’ King, Jumo ‘Rubber Waist’ Primo and DJ Avalanche.
After a string of electrifying and colourful performances from the artistes, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo emerged supreme with his well-orchestrated delivery of “Trample Them”. Primo entered the competition with a sound plan and reaped the benefits on Saturday night when he dethroned two- time Soca Monarch, Brandon Harding.
The new monarch’s emergence on stage was a preview to a church sermon backed by Kester Dean, popular gospel artiste, pastor and radio personality.
Jumo’s performance sought to be one of a difference with the inclusion of persons who are differently able, to show that love has no barriers. The performance commanded the attention of the audience and with the outcome, it is safe to say, the judges as well.
Second place went to Stephen Ramphal, who, in true Stephen Ramphal form, engaged the audience with his song “The Same”. He brought the message of peace, love and unity for Guyana.
Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts went home with the third prize for her entry “I Am 592”. Vanilla brought her usual energy to the stage and had patrons gyrating to her song.
Although a force to reckoned with, based on his performance, Osbert ‘Vintage’ Cain came in fourth with “Socaholik”. The real-life member of the Guyana Police Force delivered an engaging piece and mentioned that he hopes that his participation in the 592 Soca Monarch Competition will help to change the negative mind-set that many Guyanese have about policemen.
Reigning Junior Soca Monarch Relon Sumner came in 5th and was adjudged the best “new comer” to the competition.
Brandon Harding, although dethroned, did not leave empty handed, he received the Boom FM People’s Choice Award.
The ‘after party’ saw performances by Colwyn “Lil Colwyn” Blair, Nesta and Trinidadian Soca sensation Shal Marshall.
Next up for song competitions on the Republic Golden Jubilee Calendar of events, is the Chutney Monarch Competition Final, slated for February 22 at the Better Hope Ground.
(Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport)
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