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Quality song at Soca Monarch
Chairman of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) Peter Scoon has said that this year’s offerings for the International Soca Monarch are “quality songs” but some of the big players have chosen cop-out of the competition due to monetary reasons. Soon assured, however, that the scaled back prizes would not affect the quality of the show.
Each year, Scoon said, the preliminary round draws around 150 to 200 artistes.“Some of the artistes stayed away this year due to money reasons but the show will be a quality show,” Scoon said.The competition is being sponsored by Guardian Media Limited (GML). This year’s cash prizes saw a reduction from $500,000 to $300,000 for the first prize and $300,000 to $200,000 for the second prize. The semifinals are scheduled for January 25 at Queen’s Park Savannah at 6 pm and the finals on February 9 (Fantastic Friday) at 8 pm.
Thirty artistes were chosen from Sunday’s preliminaries.Reigning Soca Monarch, Aaron “Voice” St Louis, in an interview yesterday, said he was going for a hat trick at this year’s competition.St Louis would go up against several other finalists for the title. Saying he was excited about his upcoming performance St Louis added, however, “I didn’t start any preparations just yet. We are not focusing on the competition just yet. We have other things that we need to focus on and when that bridge comes we will cross it. “But we will be doing our best once again. We will be going for the hat trick.”Over the weekend, approximately 136 artistes registered for the Soca Monarch preliminaries held at the NLCB booth, Queen’s Park Oval.
The draw for the semifinal round of the competition takes place today at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, at 10 am.
Following is the list of the 2018 Play Whe International Soca Monarch semifinalists in alphabetical order
5 STAR AKIL
ASTEN ISAAC, RIKKI JAI, YANKEY BOY
DAWG -E- SLAUGHTER
MIGHTY & SUBANCE
SHRADAH MC INTYRE
SINGER BOY SERGIO
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