Homegrown Artistes Sweep T&T’s Soca Monarch Contest

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Performers from Trinidad and Tobago swept the top places in the Caribbean country’s“International SocaMonarch”competition during last month’s carnival celebrations here.

iwer“Iwer George”Neil “Iwer” George won the TT$1 million (one TT dollar= US$0.16 cents) first prize in the Power Soca  category with his tune “Stage Gone Bad”, while the United States-based Devon Martin, better known as Lyrika, placed second with his song “Rukshun" and Olatunji Yearwood placing third with “Thankful”.

In the Groovy category Jesse Stewart (also known as College Boy Jesse) won the TT$500,000 prize with his tune “Happy Song”, followed by Marvin Davis (Swappi) with his tune Jumbie Head. Third place went to Andre Holder (Ding Dong) with the song “Outside”.

Defending Power Soca monarch Grenadian Hollis Mapp, better known by his sobriquet “MrKilla”, did not participate in the competition after expressing disappointment at the preparations for the show. But the competition attracted singers from St. Lucia and Grenada.