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Latest gossip headlining the social sphere of Caribbean music.

Nailah Blackman - Grammy Worthy 

Mid July saw us treated by the announcement of the young talented Soca Star Nailah, who's been invited to join the Recording Academy. Their responsible for the Grammy awards.

With that being said, there's now a real possible chance that the twin island songstress will be eligible to be nominated for a Grammy. For the artist and the Soca Community this is news we want to hear and keep pushing as Soca music still thrives to be recognised as an official genre in some highly established platforms such as iTunes.

Her team are making the necessary adjustments for future and we now watch this space with gleaming eyes.

FULL STORY: NEWSDAY TT

Vincy Mas Virtual Soca & Calypso Monarch 2020 

In the first week of July would have seen the highly anticipated Vincy Mas Soca Monarch take place. With the current pandemic it was done by showcasing it as a virtual spectacle which commenced on 4th & 5th July.

 

Click Here for Highlights of Ragga / Soca Monarch & courtesy of STV Online

Click Here for Highlights of the Calypso Monarch courtesy of STV Online

Your respected winners of this years Virtual Competitions are;

Virtual Soca Monarch King

SICKO (IG: @sicko_music) - Song "Jam"

 

 

Virtual Ragga Soca Monarch Winner

D-FUSION (IG: @dfusion.music784) - Song "Lock Down"

 


Joint Virtual Calypso Winner  

SHENA - Song "Quashegunny"

 

Joint Virtual Calypso Winner 

CHEWALEE (IG: @chewalee_rumist) - Song "Mas Debating"

 

Pictures courtesy of SEARCHLIGHT VC

Quarantine Roadmarch? 

With pretty much most of the year written off with the destruction of Covid 19, some artists have taken this time to reflect and give us Quarantine anthems to remember. Before i get into my top picks currently floating about, we say salute to Viking Ding Dong for first recognising this and refixing his Soca release from Trinidad called "Outside".

DJ Jel and I had a chat about potential Road March singles in the We Bleed Soca group, as more content grow. If there was such a competition which song would take it for you? Here's my top picks below;

 

Viking Ding Dong - We Inside 🇹🇹

 

Ricardo Drue - Homesick 🇦🇬

 

Signal Band ft Shelly - Inside 🇩🇲

 

Boyzie - Need Ah Fete 🇬🇩

 

Wetty Beatz - Tings Go Nice Again 🇻🇨

 

Voice - By Any Means 🇹🇹

 

Mic Love - Corona Don't Run From Me 🇻🇮

 

Dynamite - Corona 🇻🇨

 

Spectrum Band - Corona Mash Up 🇻🇮

 

Snoopy x Mental x Lizardman x Mad Z - Corona Haul You Mc 🇬🇩

 

Triniboi Joocie - Quarantine 🇹🇹🇬🇧

 

This last song was just beautiful and will definitely sweet your hearts when you hear the medley. I've chosen this one as a bonus one to watch. I've decided to include different genre of music but for me its as sweet as Soca. Coming out of the African nations of Kenya & Uganda its Bobi Wine and All Stars 🇰🇪🇺🇬

 

Until we meet again Digglets, stay safe.

 

You Mad Or Wah?! 

During the pandemic, many artists either were doing clashes or representations of their hits. Kerwin DuBois took to his Instagram to allow raw talent to shine. He called this time "SPUT SHOW" or also known as "Sing Produce Unleash Talent" . See an example below.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Kerwin Du Bois (@kerwindubois) on

 

Like many talent shows we also seem to get someone who stands out from the rest and he came in the form of man called "Super Pink" also now going by the name of "Trinidad Mad Man" who has definitely crossed the borders of talking about subjects that in previous years was unheard of. He will definitely be remembered for his latest single "Married" check it out below.

 

 

International Soca Monarch 2020 - Results 

After several bad starts from the production team, its fair to say a lot of the regional artists felt a lil sabotage with their performances. Some will definitely feel they had been hard done with the results despite a few stand out peformances. But here are the results for this year's new two kings of International Soca Monarch 2020.

 

GROOVY MONARCH WINNER:

 

1st - COLLEGE BOY JESSE - HAPPY SONG

2nd - SWAPPI - JUMBIE HEAD

3rd - VIKING DING DONG - WE OUTSIDE

 

POWER MONARCH WINNER:

 

1st - IWER GEORGE - STAGE GONE BAD

2nd - LYRIKAL - RUKSHUN

3rd - OLATUNJI - THANKFUL

International Soca Monarch Finals 2020 

Machel Monday 2020 - The Finale 

The Soca World will be watching near and far as Machel Montano invites us to join him for his extended reception. This is sure to be a special event. (Links are subject to change throughout the night)

Showtime:

1:00am - LONDON (UK)

2:00am - BERLIN (EUROPE)

8:00pm - NY (USA)

12:00pm - SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA)

5:00am - MOSCOW (RUSSIA)

9:00am - TOKYO (JAPAN)

 

LINK 1 - FOR YOU

LINK 2 - FOR US

 

Frantic Friday?! 

After last year's success many of those who have loved the essence of Soca Monarch were most certainly looking forward to this year's showcase, especially with the return of Power Soca in Trinidad. 

What is rather odd is that Fay Ann Lyons has recently come out saying she's stepping down from her role in managing this year's event due to not been given the backing or support to put on a successful Monarch. Despite having plans ready since August as the chairman of the show, the other owners have not given her the permission to continue her work.

With the competition semi's scheduled for 2nd of February, we shall see what happens from here on in.

 

FULL STORIES: LOOP TT

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End of An Era Monday 

The King of Soca, Machel Montano announced at Black To Blue Breakfast Party he will be doing his final "Machel Monday" which has been going for an epic 9 years. For 2020 this will be a finale of the popular Concert Series which is scheduled for February 17th, celebrating the new talent as well as the old and the most thrilling performances from other regional and international stars alike.

FULL STORY: NEWSDAY TT

Spice Mas - Soca Monarch Results 2019 

Grenada's Soca Monarch competition for Spice Mas is always a spectacular scene of vibrant and high energy from the locals as they witness who will be King or Queen of the island as they battle it out in the Groovy and Power Monarch Categories. See the official results and the winning performances.

 

Groovy Monarch Winner:

 

1st - Vghn & Dash 261 Points

3rd - Terror D Governor - Gratitude - 259 Points

4th - Luni Spark & Electrify - Chocolate & Cryave - Genie Lover - 221 Points

6th - Valene - Let Them Talk - 213 Points

 

Congratulations to Vghn & Dash sharing the honers for Groovy Monarch title.

Vghn - Soca Nice

 

Dash - Ah Telling Yuh

 

 

Power Monarch Winner:

 

1st - Boyzie - 263 Points

2nd - Luni Spark & Electrify - Bacchanal Party - 260 Points

3rd - Terror D Governor - Black Power - 259 Points

4th - Wuss Ways - Jamming - 253 Points

 

Congratulations to Boyzie taking the win

Boyzie - De Return