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T&T soca stars dominate next month’s awards list
Soca heavyweights Machel Montano, Kerwin DuBois and Benjai (Rodney Le Blanc) are among local artistes vying for the coveted Soca Song of the Year at this year's International Soca Awards. The event, now in its tenth year, will be held at the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California, on June 29.
Other nominees include Patrice Roberts (featuring DuBois), Edwin Yearwood (Barbados) and Hyper Sounds (Barbados). Competing for Soca Chutney Song of the Year are Destra & Rikki Jai, KI, Raymond Ramnarine (featuring Sam Boodram), Artie Butkoon, Rick Ramoutar and Ragga & Kavita Maharajh (New York).
A new entry this year is the Nigerian Soca category, which has four nominees. President of the International Soca Awards Organisation (SAO), Colin Jackman, said hosting the gala event in Hollywood would be a step in the right direction for soca and has the potential to open doors for soca artistes and T&T entertainers.
Jackman, who spoke yesterday in a telephone interview from the US, said while preparations for the ceremony were “coming along” he was still awaiting word from Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Winston Peters on whether the SAO committee would receive the $5 million it had requested to stage the show.
He said: “When we last spoke, he said that he had to take it to Cabinet, so I hope to hear from him no later than today (yesterday). “But at this point, we are focusing on the nominees and T&T dominates the list again this year.” Jackman said the committee was working out how to send local artistes to the star-studded show as many of them were already booked for local and foreign shows.
“We are looking at it and deciding on how we are going about doing it. We also asked the minister if he could have helped us with this, so we’re still waiting on him to let us know how to proceed,” he added. Last year, the awards, which took place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain, received poor reviews from the media and the show was described as sub-standard by many who attended.
Jackman said the Hollywood affair would be one to remember, as T&T would be in the international spotlight. The Soca Awards is being promoted in the US as the premier event to mark the start of celebrations for T&T’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Preceding the awards ceremony will be a red-carpet event and pre-show, showcasing soca, calypso, steelpan, tassa and Carnival portrayals. Among those who are being honoured this year include Calypso Rose, Brian MacFarlane, Machel Montano, Rikki Jai and Black Stalin.
Best New Female Soca Artiste
Naki—Doh Bother Meh (T&T);
Shakki Starfire—We Losing It (St Kitts);
Janna de Leon—Island Love (T&T); and
Roxanne “Roxxy” Webster — Delete (Anguilla/St Martin).
Best New Male Soca Artiste:
Terror Kid Car—Last Days (Grenada);
Kevon Carter—Celebrate Life (T&T);
Kimba Sorzano—Rude Gyal (T&T);
K Rich—Nothing Less (T&T);
Erphaan Alves—In Your Eyes (T&T); and
Hyper Sounds—Roll Yuh Bumper (Barbados).
Soca Duo/Group of the Year:
KO Chicks—Pump It (T&T);
JW & Blaze—We Time (T&T);
3 Canal—Sacrifice (T&T);
Luni Sparks & Electrify—Everything Gone High (Grenada); AND
Zuki & Tim Tim—Boots & Lock Up (T&T).
Soca Songwriter of the Year:
Problem Child—(Stick On, Bacchanalarians, 6:30) St Vincent;
Fay Ann Lyons—(Denial, Miss Behave, All Over) T&T;
Edwin Yearwood—(Back Again, Cova De Road, Good Times) Barbados;
Kerwin DuBois—(I Am Soca, Baddist, Bacchanalist) T&T;
Jason “Shaft” Bishop — (On the Avenue, Surrender, Making Up) T&T; and
Bunji Garlin—(Turn Up, Born Ready, So & So) T&T.
Best Soca Collaboration of the Year:
Patrice Roberts & Kerwin Du Bois
—I Am Soca (T&T);
Michelle X & Kes— “Head Bad - On D Road” (T&T);
Problem Child, featuring Tallpree — Think Ah Drunk (St Vincent & Grenada);
The iZ, featuring Machel Montano HD — Whine (Cayman Islands and T&T);
Faye-Ann Lyons and Baron — All Over (T&T); and
Kerwin Dubois, featuring. Bunji Garlin — Runaway (T&T).
International Soca DJ of the year:
Tony Tempo — (Atlanta);
DJ Stephen — (Los Angeles);
Eternal Vibes — (Miami);
Soca Twins — (Germany;
DJ Spice — (New York); and
D' Enforcas — (Canada)
Soca Artist Album/CD of the year:
Bunji Garlin—iSpaniard (T&T);
Machel Montano—Double M (T&T); and
Farmer Nappy Henry—You Make Me/Surrender (T&T).
Best Groove Soca—Female:
Destra—Keep on Wukkin (T&T);
Patrice Roberts — Men Dem Darling (T&T);
Terri Lyons—Cah Stop Moving (T&T);
Shakki Starfire—Party Plenty (St Kitts);
Alison Hinds—Born To Wine (Barbados); and
Nadia Batson—No Pressure (T&T).
Best Groove Soca— Male:
Rupee—I Am A Bajan (Barbados);
Machel Montano—Mr Fete (T&T);
Tian Winter—Crash (Antigua);
Benjai—The People’s Champion (T&T);
Kerwin DuBois—Bacchanalist (T&T); and
Hyper Sounds—Roll Yuh Bumper (Barbados).
Overall Soca Band of the Year:
Machel Montano HD—(T&T);
Respeck Band—(St Maarten);
Kes The Band—(T&T);
Small Axe Band (St Kitts).
Soca Producer of the Year:
Thygeson (Penn) Joseph and Irvin (Ace)—(Miss Behave, Rumble, Born Ready) St Lucia;
Kernal Roberts/RAMA Studios—(True Story, Pump Yuh Flag, Cah Stop Moving) T&T;
Precision Productions (Mr Fete, Bacchanalist, The People's Champion) T&T;
Kerwin DuBois—(I Am Soca, Baddist, Runaway) T&T;
GBM Productions—(Action, Celebrate Life, Type Ah Wine) NY; and
1st Klase Production (Bucket, Stress Away, Throw Wine) T&T.
Best Soca Pan Song (T&T Special)
Gie Dem Tempo—(Edwin Pouchet— Composer; Alvin Daniel—Lyrics) sung by Denyse Plummer.
Archbishop of Pan—(Len “Boogsie” Sharpe—Composer; Gregory “GB” Ballantyne—Lyrics) Sung by Lydian Singers;
Vibes—(Ken “Professor” Philmore & Mark Loquan—Composer; Destra Garcia —Lyrics) Sung by Destra Garcia;
Play Yourself—(Clive Telemaque — Composer; Lyrics) Sung by Crazy;
Yuh Know Ah Like It—(Arddin Herbert & Ricardo Jones—Composer; Roland “Remy” Yearwood—Lyrics) Sung by Roland “Rembunction” Yearwood; and
Aunty Pat—(Pelham Goddard & 3Canal —Composer—Lyrics) Sung by 3Canal.
Nigerian Soca Song of the Year:
Maiojoe ft. 2PHAT—Titi Aiye Mi;
Bracket, featuring. Wizkid—Girl
Soca Chutney Artiste of the Year (Female):
Sassy Ramoutar; and
Soca Chutney Producer of the Year:
Pungalunks Factory (T&T);
Kevin Khan KK Studios (T&T);
Rishi Mahatoo Maha Productions (T&T);
FM Studios (T&T);
Back Yard Studios (T&T);
Ragga (NY); and
(Voting for the awards begins on Sunday and continues until June 27, via socaawards.com).