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Latest gossip headlining the social sphere of Caribbean music.

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"

Soca Switch Winner 2018 

On Saturday 18th May in St Lucia was the Soca Switch Monarch finals where the local acts would compete for Groovy and Kuduro (The Denery segment is the equivalent to the power segment of this competition).  

Winers of this year's competition were Kisha K with "Vaval Vibes" taking the Groovy Soca Monarch title and Mighty & Subance who took the in the Kuduro Denery Segment with "Two Clap". The vibes were electric and will indeed be bigger and better for next year's competition.


Kisha K - Vaval Vibes

(Official Instagram)


Subance & Mighty - Two Clap

(Official Instagram)


Cayman Winning Waistline 

It was the CayMas Monarch in the Cayman Islands which featured only 4 finalists which were in order of appearance on stage; King, The Dude Feev, Vashti and Andrea Rivera. It was the reigning monarch who came out on top and is sure to be making waves around the Caribbean. The winning song was Wuk Yuh Waist produced by Dada Productions out of Dominica and the riddim was called Melanin.

Check out her official video for the single


Grabba Or Not  

Last week local Vincy Artist Grabba Finesse and youtube Channel uploader Vincy Connect had a dispute of the property of uploading the artist's music online. Vincy Connect over the recent years has been the go to place for the latest local songs to hear the up and coming artists, as well as the heavy hitters of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Vincy Connect who recently received 4 strikes regarding the ownership of Grabba's latest material. Grabba was unhappy that the channel had gone ahead without his authorization and hit back on Am Maythem radio show stating he would issue a further strike to ban the channel from Youtube. The producer of Hakeen Beats, Mr Hakeen Yearwood stated that he produced the beat a year ago and had given Grabba the song to sing on. With that being said he was slightly puzzled when the song then became a riddim and had various artists such as Royall and Lavaman.

With all this going on what about the local talent who don't have a platform to get the exposure they need to break through if the main stations aren't pushing their music? This saga i'm sure will spew over in the coming months.


Soca Rumble Round Up - St Maarten 2018 

Soca Rumble took place again in the beautiful island of St Maarten where Soca Rumble lives. For those who aren't familiar with this event, its their representation of Soca Monarchs during the Carnival season. The well deserved winners saw King James take Road March title, while Kenyo and King Vers held on to their titles in the Groovy and Power Soca categories respectfully. See the winners in glory below;


King James - Stop Talk & Wuk Up (Audio)


Kenyo - Infront of Me - Winning Performance


King Vers - Everybody (Audio)