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77 to take stage for Soca Monarch semis

Published: 
Friday, February 7, 2014
Carnival 2014

This Sunday the Arima Velodrome plays host to 77 of the world’s leading soca stars who are preparing to perform in front of a feverish, packed crowd for the International Soca Monarch semi-finals.

 

Forty-one artistes are taking part in the Groovy soca and 36 in the Power category. Among the semi-finalists are perennial favourites such as Blaxx and Destra, along with newcomers like Jo Jo. There are, of course, regional artistes in the mix including Grenada’s Mr Killa with one of this year’s huge hits, Rolly Polly, and Biggie Irie from Barbados, the 2007 Soca Monarch will perform his latest entry, Need A Rhythm.

 

Mr Famous is amongst the roster of performers with another song getting huge radio play and coverage on social media, Play More Local, imploring Trinis to stick with their beloved soca and calypso and not have their heads turned by Jamaican dancehall.

 

Veteran calypsonian Timothy “Baron” Watkins is making a comeback in the Groovy category. Since 2012 he has competed in the Tribute to the Classics segment of the show, dedicated to pioneers of the musical genre.

 

Also in the Groovy category is Johnson “Johnny” King who will compete for a third time with his offering Doh Over Expose. Ronnie McIntosh will perform in the Power section. The order of appearance is as follows:

 

GROOVY SOCA

2 - Chucky (Blazing)
3 - Tallpree (Jab Nation)
4 - Olatunji (Wining Good)
5 - Austin “SuperBlue” Lyons (Spanking)
6 - Fya Empress (Ah Ketch It)
7 - Cassi (Man in Yuh House)
8 - Benjai (Lick it In)
9 - Kurt Allen Sweet
(Sizzling Summers)
10 - Erphaan Alves (Contagious)
11 - Lyrikal (Conquer Meh)
12 - Nadia Batson (Bad Influence)
13 - Mr Famous (Play More Local)
14 - Skinny Fabulous
(Behaving the Worst)
15 - Syo (In de Air)
16 - J Angel (Nah Leaving)
17 - RKG (Multi Pumpin)
18 - Patrice Roberts (Doh Rough Meh)
19 - Jo Jo (Shake Dat)
20 - KRich (Go Down)
21 - Shal Marshall (Feel to Wuk)
22 - Preedy (Wining Champion)
23 - Mr Renzo (Take Control)
24 - Amrika Matroo (My Business)
25 - Tasha (Keep Them Waving)
26 - Baron (Irie Party)
27 - Jahmoun (Party Non-Stop)
28 - Saucy (Chuku Chuku)
29 - Kerwin Du Bois (Too Real)
30 - M1 (Big People Ting)
31 - Biggie Irie (Need a Rhythm)
32 - Destra (First Time)
33 - Johnny King (Doh Over Expose)
34 - Ricardo Drue (Socaholic)
35 - Blaxx (Feteing Away)
36 - Santeney (In de Mood)
37 - Devon Matthews (Greedy)
38 - Farmer Nappy (Big People Party)
39 - Ainsley King (Wau Jalguy)
40 - Ravi B (Bread)
41 - Lil Bitts (Roll It)

 

 

POWER SOCA
1 - Sekon (Bag Ah Vibes)
2 - Lyrikal (Lockdown)
3 - Miss Alysha (On D Truck)
4 - Timel (De Soca in Meh Spirit)
5 - Snakey (The Dhoti Song)
6 - J Angel (Do Wah Yuh Want)
7 - Ann-J (We Love Carnival)
8 - Benjai (Come Out to Play)
9 - Hashim (Sittin)
10 - Jadee (Rollin)
11 - Swappi (Run to the Front)
12 - Mr Killa (Rolly Polly)
13 - Blaxx (Brok It Up)
14 - Sherrard Churche (Tizik)
15 - CC (Party Behind Meh)
16 - Skinny Fabulous (The General)
17 - Shurwayne Winchester (Raise it Up)
18 - Candy Hoyte (Paradise)
19 - Shradah (Bad Dis Carnival)
20 - Mr Famous (Hay Lay Lay)
21 - Iwer (Mama Oye)
22 - Destra (Mash Up)
23 - Kurt Allen (Mountain)
24 - Nadia Batson (Rated R)
25 - Patrice Roberts (Feteing Di Most)
26 - Anselm Douglas (Broughtupcy)
27 - Devon Moses (We Want More)
28 - KI (We Mad)
29 - Ronnie McIntosh (We Bringing It)
30 - SO King (Pace)
31 - Crazy (Original Madman)
32 - Devon Matthews (Level It)
33 - Chucky (Gyal to the Front)
34 - Erphaan Alves (Hearing Ah Talk)
35 - Prophet Benjamin (The Seamstress)
36 - Boyzie (Mas Everywhere)