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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

ANDREA RIVERA OFFICIAL INSTAGRAM

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.

FULL DETAILS - HOT 97  

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)

International Bashment Soca Monarch 2018 

With the increase of this sub genre in Barbados, it seems now is the time to take this onto an International playing field. 4D Entertainment who are the original founders of this event have made it clear its open to all artists who specialise in the Bashment Soca Genre. My question is "Will be be a regional affair of talent or will it lose its local appeal once its branded a world event?", Its only a matter of time. Click flyer for the official page and updates of this event.

 

Road March Winner 2018 (Trinidad) 

We all had various different favourites leading up to the big stage and some favourable than others but when partnership so strong as Machel Montano, the Legend Super Blue and a touch of the stage hype there was always going to be one winner, Soca Kingdom. Here are the official results from 2 days of Trinidad Road March.

 

 

1 - Machel Montano X Super Blue - Soca Kingdom - 336 plays

2 - Iwer George - Savannah - 140 plays

3 - Patrice Roberts - Sweet Fuh Days - 112 plays

 

Calypso Monarch Winner 2018 (Trinidad) 

With Voice entering the Calypso Monarch with his Soca Monarch performance you would think this might be a straight forward win for 3 time winner, guess again as he was pipped out by a young Calypsonian who goes by the name of Helon Francis. Check his winning performance and message that is more poignant and meaningful than his runner up.

 

1st Helon Francis - "Change" 

2nd Aaron "The Voice" St Louis - "Year For Love" 

3rd Rondell Donawa - "De Problem"

International Soca Monarch Results 2018 (Trinidad) 

On Fantastic Friday we saw Voice retain his monarch title and won it 3 times in a row establishing him a house hold name across the Soca Industry. Whilst watching this event live via Socail Media streams i miust say it got off to a bad start with all the technology we have at our fingertips it seem that lack of funding had issues for the live stream. To the point we missed the first four contenders.

Overall you could say it was a fair result in the monarchs and i must say one of the unsung artists on the night for me was Marzville with his performance as he added extra pepper bringing on the wining specialist Denise "Saucy Wow" to complete his attempt in causing an upset on the night. I feel they need to bring back the original format of Soca monarch as the rise for Power Soca came back in more ways than one, which might give something for the organisers to think about in 2019.

1 - VOICE - Year of Love 

2 - BLAXX- Hulk 

3 - ORLANDO OCTAVE - Love You So 

4 - TURNER - Champions

International Soca Monarch Finals 2018 - Fantastic Friday 

With the pre warm up concert of Machel Monday which was absolutely an amazing showcase of Soca from old to new and various styles fused in our culture. We look forward to see what's in store this Fantastic Friday See the finalists below:

 

● AARON DUNCAN - BETTER DAYSSTUDIO

 


● AMBI - SOCK IT ALREADYLIVE

STUDIO

 


● ASTEN ISAAC, RIKKI JAI, YANKEY BOY - BLUE SOAPLIVE 

STUDIO

 


● BLAXX - HULKLIVE

STUDIO

 



● FARMER NAPPY LIVE

STUDIO

 

 

● FELUKE 

UNKNOWN

 

● JADEL - ROUND & ROUNDLIVE 

STUDIO

 

 

● M1 - UPS & DOWNSLIVE 

STUDIO

 

 

MARZVILLELIVE 

STUDIO

 

 

● ORLANDO OCTAVE - LOVE YOU SOLIVE 

STUDIO

 

 
● ROME - WHOLE SELF

STUDIO

 

 

● TURNER - CHAMPIONSLIVE 

STUDIO

 

 

● VOICEYEAR FOR LOVE

REIGNING CHAMPION

STUDIO