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Machel, Kees take the big prize

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar presents Machel Montano with his cheque for two million dollars at Island People’s Girl Power early yesterday morning at Jenny’s carpark, Cipriani Boulevard, Port-of-Spain. PHOTO: PETER LIM CHOY

Taking Advantage, soca superstar Machel Montano emerged victorious and whisked away the coveted $2 million in the Power category of the finals of the bmobile International Soca Monarch and Play Whe Groovy Soca Monarch Competitions 2011. Newcomer to the Soca Monarch stage, Kees Dieffenthaller behaved Wotless and got the judges’ nod and bagged the $500,000 in the power category. Guardian Media Limited was the official media sponsor. Among those present were Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Caribbean Prestige Foundation Chairman William Munro. When presenter Mark Anthony mentioned she was present, Persad-Bissessar was booed.

Advantage takes $2m
Montano created an upset, taking Advantage of his closest rival Iwer “The Boss” George.  Aided by veteran Lord Nelson, Dieffenthaller proved he could get on really “wotless.” Decked in black and white, Montano dropped from the ceiling squashing a grotesque-looking Hulk man. In the background, the macabre unfolded with a retinue of women figurines complete with breasts and “triangles” representing the pubic area. The crowd went wild waving their bandannas, blowing their horns and dancing in a frenzy.  When he issued the instruction to point in the direction of the stage, the sea of soca loving humanity morphed into raging currents. But during his performance, the chants Iwer! Iwer! Iwer! echoed.
Slowing down the pace, Montano took time to pelt some good ole Trini picong at his worthy opponents.
He said: “Iwer say he going Grenada. When it came to Bunji and Fay Ann/Bunji is the woman/She is the man.” A ramp prop was brought out. Men proceeded to Advantage it. When the results were announced, some patrons expressed disappointment. However, the party continued, incident free. Efforts to contact Montano proved futile.

Kees sends them wild
Bursting on the scene, Dieffenthaller proceeded to sing Wotless. The gold chain swung.  Eager fans sang the lyrics “Ah feel ah just win a $1 million. “Right now I just Wotless...and I doh really care less.” The backup performers got into the act and took ‘wotlessness’ to a different level with their wanton gyrations. But wait!  For a moment someone was stealing the show.  Decked in pink, veteran Lord Nelson proceeded to show Dieffenthaller how to really behave “wotless”.  He threw off his jacket and revealed a bit of chest. Then, he began to move his waistline really fine confirming his second sobriquet Disco Daddy.  When the ‘wotlessness’ climaxed, everyone was engulfed in the Carnivalesque atmosphere. One observer said: “This “Energy In The City” (the event’s theme) has not been seen since the days  of David Rudder.” Winer boy Dieffenthaller proved he was a true gentleman by thanking the People’s Partnership for increasing the monies.

Iwer moves the crowd

Arriving in a plane, George ignored the crowds cheering Iwer! Iwer! Instead, he took the microphone and proceeded to belt out his song. Behind him was a sea of traditional mas characters including King Jab Jab cracking his whip, cow mas and gorillas.  They had the energy and vitality of a small J’Ouvert band. George proved he could work the crowd, asking them to register their support before judges like popular Carl “Beaver” Henderson.  Soca greats like Keith Sutherland (Ajala) provided background vocals.  Vincent Rivers and the Soca Unit provided backup, too. Suspended in the air, a Tobago posse comprising Debbie Alfred and Arlene Alexander kowtowed; yelling Iwer! Bunji Garlin’s (Ian Alvarez) performance featured the element of fire—men on fire and a ribbon of fire. Offstage, the conflagration never missed a cue. Samurai warriors got into the act of fencing. Even the army knew they had to make way for Lyons. In her fetching outfit, she climbed to the top of a prop to proclaim to the world.  Do you think this man could beat all of them (men)?  Yesterday, contacted for comment on the results, Alvarez said: “The judges’ decision is final; I don’t want to comment.”

Benjai stirs hearts
The patriotic declaration from Benjai, I’m a Trini stirred hearts. He hoisted the red, white and black. Flagsman Peter Diaz carried the flag with aplomb.  Donning a flaming red dress, Garcia enflamed the stage with her raw energy.  It was ironic since she urged Cool It Down.  Her retinue of female performers in red bodysuits were equally hot.  Blaxx brought out his rhythm section and flag bearers.  Clutching a pink fan, a Dame Lorraine swung her buttocks which shook like a hammock.  The response was phenomenal.

Winners’ Row

Power winners
1. Machel Montano
2. Iwer George
3. Bunji Garlin
4. Fay-Ann Lyons

Groovy winners
1. Kees Dieffenthaller
2. Rodney “Benjai” Le Blanc
3. Destra Garcia
4. Dexter Stewart (Blaxx)


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