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New Rules For The Road 

With the return of Power Soca in Trinidad, there's been one song that seems to be leading the race for Road March this year but the question on most revellers near and far was "Can Famalay be eligible for Road March?".

The answer to this mystery is yes, despite Vincy artist Skinny Fabulous being involved in the track, as its sung by two Trini's overall its eligible by right, which has been the rules since 2007. Question is which track will come close to topping this power house of a song for the Carnival season?



Full Story: Famalay - Loop TT

Monarch Change 

On 14th January we was informed that Fay Ann Lyons, the only female winner of the International Soca Monarch will be in charge of the of this year's competition and future arrangements. First immediate change which many revellers were happy to see is the return of the Power category in the twin islands. 

Another noticeable change in the rules is that this year's winners will have a handshake with Grenada, meaning whoever wins this year's competition will be in the finals of Grenada's Soca Monarch. With more islands getting involved in this new rule also mean the winner will get by entry into that respective country.

In other news concerning reigning champion, Voice has decided to say 3 and out with him making a statement on his social media regarding the competition. Some might say its a cop out from the reigning monarch but its now up for grabs in both categories for new Monarch champions.

Fay Ann Lyons ft Bunji Garlin - We Fm Interview

Voice Bows Out


Full Story : Soca Monarch - Loop TT

Full Story : Voice Drops Out - Guardian TT

Who Really Mash Up?? 

Bacchanal is hotting up in Trinidad with Iwer George, as he released his first power single of the season "Bacchanal Roadmarch 2" during the month of December, targeting the the so called Soca Mafia. Last year's rivalry between the Water Lord and Monk Monte took another turn when Machel hit back with an answer back called Dr Mash Up.

Round 1 - Iwer George

Round 1 - Machel Montano


After that commotion, as if things couldn't escalate into another frenzy? Iwer went back into the studio to hit back Machel and his camp with new verses. It was also said that genius behind Dr Mashup was Skinny Fabulous ghost writing skills.

Well it was a complete landslide when Machel came with another hard hitter reply with Dr Mash Up! Lets just say you dont call yourself the King of Soca for no reason! See below for round 2.


Round 2 - Iwer George

Round 2 - Machel Montano


The last time Soca witnessed such an explosive mini clash so to speak is when the Brothers of the original Burning Flames had a back and fourth session for several years.

Buju is Free 

On December 8th we saw the release of Dancehall and Reggae icon. To many he's known as the Gargamel and others in recent years will hope he can be the answer to balance out what the scene has been missing of late. A voice that resonates and brings back fans of music and not the war side and dangerous dancing that we have seen in the last 10 years.

Welcome home Buju Bantan and lets hope his first official single is one that sends waves across the nations.

Full Story: THE FADER

A Mighty Legend Gone 

On 23rd October we came to hear that one of the greats that is Winston McGarland Bailey, also known to his fans as The Mighty Shadow passed away, at the age of 77. He was an icon man in the era of Calypso and of course the later years in Soca. 

For the younger generation who didn't know of his great singles. Take a listen to DJ Quick's tribute mix below;


Spice Contrast 

On 22 October, Spice the Dancehall Artist gave a sneak peek of her new look on instagram. The pic was shock to the Dancehall fanbase which went viral withing minis as folk to the their social media channels to air their views on this. Some called her old spice vs new spice etc. 

Little did they know that this was a publicity stunt for her latest single that is affecting many Afro-Caribbean people on the topic of bleaching. Listen below to hear the latest single.


Spice mas Soca Monarch 2018 

On 13th August, it was an almost washout night with the summer showers of Grenada. Usually Boyzie would be the hot favourite for the crowning of this event but in recent years Lil Natty & Thunda have been knocking on the door and this year was no different.

With this being my first ever experience in Spice Mas, and boy it didn't disappoint! The only thing I would say is, its a very long night with the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch categories and requires a lot of stamina.Congratulations to Dash with "Gifted" and Lil Natty & Thunda with "Get In Your Section", on taking their respective crowns this year. See full coverage of results from Spice Mas 2018.



Groovy Soca Winner

1st - Dash - "Gifted" 262 pts

2nd - Vaughn - "Trouble In The Morning" 255 pts

3rd - Boyzie - "Up In Dat" 245 pts



Power Soca Winner

1st - Lil Natty & Thunda - "Get In Your Section" 267  pts 

2nd - Boyzie - "Possessed" 252 pts 

3rd - Muddy - "Done Stupid Already" 245 pts


St Lucia Soca Monarch Results 2018 

Saturday 14th July saw the annual Lucian Soca Monarchs take place at The Sab, in Vigle, Castries. Like many years the competition has been getting harder as new talent arises on the scene to cause an upset. With the likes of Kisha, Ezra D Fun Machine and Sedale, they brought a new lease of life in both categories but was unable to topple the reigning monarchs.

It was an astonishing achievement for Arthur who was crowned 5 times winner in the groovy monarch's with his single "Mama". Ricky T who also held onto his title with help from Teddyson John with their power monarch winner  song "Sha Leh Sho"




Groovy Soca Winner

1st - Arthur Allain - "Mama"

2nd - Sedale - "Stick On You"

3rd - Ezra D'Fun Machine - "Money Dance"

4th - Kisha - "Vaval"



Power Monarch Winner


1st - Ricky T & Teddyson John - "Sha Leh Sho"

2nd - Ezra D'Fun Machine - "Wine On Another Man"

3rd - Soca Pyscho - "Pitch Perfect"

4th - Mantius - "Get Wild"




Vincy Mas Soca Monarch 2018 Results 

With Vincy Mas in full swing it was the people's favourite time of the festival with Soca Monarch hitting fever pitch. With so many great songs this season in the Ragga and Power Soca segments, it was always going to be harder to decide who will be crowned in the Ragga Soca as opposed to main section of Soca Monarch.

In the Ragga Soca Hance just failed short to retaining his title who he lost it to Fimba's "FUNKY BUSINESS" which was the people's choice throughout the season and was a big contender for Road March. In the Power section of the monarchs saw the return of Skinny Fabulous duel with the most crowned man ever in Soca, Fireman Hooper. Although there was many local choices for this one it was hard to dethrone Fireman who maintain his success in this competition and has now won this title an amazing 10 times with "AMEN".




Ragga Soca Winner


1st - Fimba - "Funky Business"

2nd - Hance - "De Ja Vu"

3rd - L Pank - "Whole Night"


Power Soca Winner


1st - Fireman Hooper - "Amen"

2nd - Skinny Fabulous - "Soca Defenders"

Joint 3rd - Hypa 4000 - "Top Man" & Small Circle - "Eggplant"


Bashment Soca Monarch 2018 

On Friday the 6th July, saw a new reign on the Bashment Soca arena, with veteran Lil Rick taking this new title with his hit single "BEN IT". The competition was in its third term with Stiffy winning it back to back but failed short in making it a triple win.

Check out his winning performance right here





1st - Lil Rick - "Ben It"

2nd - Stiffy - "No Boring Girls Allowed"

3rd - Porgie & Murda - "Come Down"

4th - Sita - "Hammer"