January 27, 2015

International Soca Monarch Finalists 2015 | Groovy & Power

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Here are your finalists for the International Soca Monarch Competition scheduled to take place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Fantastic Friday (Friday February 13th, 2015).

It was a very disappointing Semi Final round of competition in my humble opinion. Many of the artists who have excellent studio recordings were unable to perform well live. Many artists were literally shouting while a few were out of breath and could not vocalize well. It was a damn mess in my opinion. Don't believe me? Well look at the Power Soca finalists and ask yourself the following question: How did Nikki Crosby end up in the finals?

Regardless of how I feel about the semi final performances, I will still tune in to take in the show on Friday February 13th, 2015. If the Power Soca singers continue with the same style of performances then Machel Monatano will repeat as Monarch in that category. In the Groovy Soca category there will be a new Monarch since Kerwin Du Bois has decided not to defend the title he won last year (new rule change - the monarch does not have to defend the title). I am supporting Destra Garcia to win this title since I love the song "Lucy" and Destra can bring it on stage... 

Here are the listings for performers/songs scheduled to compete in the International Soca Monarch competitions: Groovy and Power Soca. The listing was provided by the International Soca Monarch Show producers and sourced from the promoters Facebook home page.

Here are the artists that will compete in the finals for the now vacant Groovy Soca Monarch title. Last year's winner, Kerwin Du Bois will not defend his title:
 Sobriquet/Name of Singer
Darryl Henry | Farmer Nappy
Destra Garcia | Destra
Devon Martin | Lyrikal
Dexter Stewart | Blaxx
Erphaaan Alves | Erphaan Alves
Gamal Doyle | Skinny Fabulous (SVG)
Kendrick George | Chow Chow
Nadia Batson | Nadia
Nicholas Sealy | Fadda Fox (Barbados)
Olatunji Yearwook | Ola
Osvaldo Reid/Reshawn Ince | Leadpipe & Saddis (Barbados)
Ricardo Drue | Drue (Antigua)
Rodney Le Blanc | Benjai
Roderick Gordon | Chucky
Name of Song
My House
Lucy
Cloud 9
Moving Up
Tanty
Anywhere We Step
Saga Boy
Cooler Fete
Ducking
Ola
Ah Feeling Nice
Vagabond
Phenomenal
Doh Take It On

Here are the artists that will compete in the finals for the International Power Soca Monarch Title. Machel Montano is the defending Monarch:
Sobriquet/Name of Singer
Dexter Stewart - Blaxx
Heaven Charles - Snakey
Hollice Mapp - Mr.Killa (Grenada)
Kernal Roberts - Kitch
Keshorn Hazzard /S. Marshall - Squeeze Head/Shal (TT/Grenada)
Kris Persad - KI
Machel Montano | Monk Monté- (Defending Monarch)
Neil Iwer George | Iwer "King" George
Nikki Crosby - Granny
Patrice Roberts - Patrice
Shurwayne Winchester -Shurwayne (Tobago)
Name of Song
Badness
Cyah Rhyme
Panty Dropper
Excitement
Turbo Charge
Flags
*****
Red
Go Granny
Drink
We Pumping

 
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January 26, 2015

Remedy Refix | Machel & Shaggy | Trinidad & Tobago 2015

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This re-fix came at the right time for sure! After that horrible Soca Monarch semi-final competition last night we really needed something to let us know that there is hope and good music out there. This is Machel Montano and Shaggy doing something nice with Machel's song entitled Remedy. Ahh... this is the Remedy, this is the fix for that sour show we witnessed yesterday! Enjoy the vibez!

Music Release Notes:
As the Carnival 2015 action scorches on, Team Precision and Monk Monté are teaming up with a Jamaican Grammy winner, to give their first hit together for the season, a potent boost.

The "Remedy" Refix, features all of the irresistible power of the original, but now with an additional jolt from international superstar, Shaggy.

Also adding his songwriting skills to the track, alongside those of Patrick "Mista Vybe" Gordon, is Taranchyla, whose many abilities are well known and respected throughout the music industry.

Terrifically for fans, this tweaked formula adds an exhilarating dose of extra momentum to an already robust release.

Which makes it perfect for all masqueraders who needed an additional push to see them through what is undoubtedly a very lively season.

Take in this one and prepare yourselves, for this is only the beginning of the many wonderful delights in store as that special Monday draws ever closer.
© Mystie Thongs

Original Production Notes:
Song Title: Remedy (Refix) ft. Shaggy
Performed by: Machel Montano & Shaggy
Written by: Patrick "Mista Vybe" Gordon, Machel Montano, Orville "Shaggy" Burrell, Ashante "Taranchyla" Reid & Kasey Phillips
Additional Backups by: Shradah McIntyre & Patrick "Mista Vybe" Gordon
Produced by: Precision Productions
Recorded by: Kurtis Wells & Kasey Phillips
Mixed by: Cole Nystrom
Mastered by: Alex DeYoung

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January 25, 2015

International Soca Monarch Semi Finals 2015 | Line-Up

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The listing below shows the announced/drawing of positions for the Semi-final round of competition. However, the actual order was different on the day of the show/competition. Not all contestants sang in the announced order - nothing new here!

I guess the saying, "Anytime is Trinidad Time" rings true for this event! Having said that we must note that some artists believe that if they perform too early it is not in their best interest. As a result they show up late for the show. This is the case for many of the other Caribbean artists: Fadda Fox (Barbados @ #42), Lyrikal (Trinidad @ #44), Leadpipe and Saddis (Barbados @ #45) and Skinny Fabulous (Saint Vincent @ #47).

It looked like Skinny Fabulous forgot that he was in the Groovy Soca competition and 'shouted' like he was in the Power Soca Competition (yes they shout) and Lyrikal was out of breath singing on stage... now that was so disappointing!

Kudos to the band providing the music tonight. If there was one thing to applaud it was the music... it was a breath of fresh air!

I was impressed with Fya Empress when she took the stage for the Power Soca category. She performed well and her vocal performance was very good - finally she looked great on stage. How about that... just imagine she was able to actually sing and not shout!

There is a lot to talk about but not here... that is for another time. However, I have to say this here and now. Super Blue should not perform live again. He should not attempt to enter competitions ever again. Super Blue should do studio recordings only and let the music producers/engineers auto tune his voice. He was on stage, a shell of his legendary self, struggling to vocalize... his overall performance was just pitiful!

Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch Semi Finals Order of Appearance 2015:
Name of Singer
  1. Destra Garcia
  2. Leadpipe & Saddis | Osvaldo Reid/Reshawn Ince (Barbados)
  3. Fadda Fox | Nicholas Joel Sealy (Barbados)
  4. Fireman Hooper | Delroy Hooper (SVG)
  5. Shal Marshall | Stephenson Marshall
  6. Blackie
  7. Crazy | Edwin Ayoung
  8. Lil Bitts | Shivonne Churche
  9. Kerlz | Kerlene Joseph
  10. Young Voice | Kevin James
  11. Umi and Makamillion | Umi Marchano/J Alibocas
  12. Preedy | Akeen Chance
  13. Lyrikal | Devon Martin 
  14. Tim Tim | Keron Boodoosin30gh
  15. Saucy Wow | Denise Belfon
  16. Sasha | Sasha Ann Moses (Guyana)
  17. Jahmoun | Jahmoun Mendoza
  18. Orlando Octave
  19. Benjai | Rodney Le Blanc
  20. Chow Chow | Kendrick George
  21. Ola | Olatunji Yearwood
  22. Ravi B | Ravi Bissambhar
  23. Darnella | Darnella Simmons
  24. Nadia Batson
  25. Iwer | Iwer George 
  26. Zan | Joel Feveck
  27. Kitch | Kernel Roberts 
  28. Shurwayne Winchester
  29. Erphaan Alves
  30. Skinny Fabulous | Gamal Doyle (SVG)
  31. Dev | Devon Harris
  32. Farmer Nappy | Darryl Henry
  33. Blaxx | Dexter Stewart
  34. Tallpree | Wilt Cambridge (Grenada)
  35. Jo Jo | Joanna Hutton
  36. Faith Antoine (Canada)
  37. Biggie Irie | Carlton Cordle (Barbados)
  38. Sekon Sta | Nesta Boxill
  39. Menace (M1) | Sherwin Jeemiah
  40. J Angel | Janella Leon
  41. Patrice Roberts
  42. Chucky | Roderick Gordon
  43. Patch | Roger Joseph
  44. Oscor B | Oscar Benjamin 
  45. 5 Star Akil | Akil Borneo
  46. Syo | Simon Delph
  47. Drue | Ricardo Drue (Antigua)
Name of Song
  1. Lucy
  2. Ah Feeling Nice
  3. Ducking 
  4. Rum Meeting
  5. Motivation
  6. Ram Jam
  7. Respect The Elders
  8. Burning Up
  9. Start It 
  10. Bass
  11. Turn Up
  12. Away
  13. Cloud 9
  14. Push It Back
  15. J'Ouvert Nurse
  16. Mi Name
  17. Own It 
  18. Oh Na Na
  19. Phenomenal
  20. Saga Boy
  21. Ola
  22. Overdoing It
  23. Out On The Road
  24. Cooler Fete
  25. Last King
  26. Look So Sexy
  27. Soca State of Mind
  28. Pussy Cat
  29. Tanty
  30. Anywhere We Step
  31. Play Me
  32. My House
  33. Moving Up
  34. Ole Mas
  35. Drum Roll
  36. Like It 
  37. Pankatang
  38. The Best 
  39. Naughty
  40. Breakaway
  41. Ah Feeling Mehself
  42. Doh Take It On
  43. Full Hundred
  44. Doh Waste Time
  45. Noise
  46. Obey
  47. Vagabond
Lotto Plus International Power Soca Semi Finals Order of Appearance 2015:
Name of Singer
  1. KMC| Ken Marlon Charles
  2. Shal Marshall/Squeeze Head | Keishon Hazzard (TT/Grenada)
  3. Preedy | Akeem Chance
  4. Patrice Roberts
  5. RKG | Rossi Khempis Gray
  6. Sekon Sta | Nesta Boxill
  7. Saucy Wow | Denise Belfon
  8. Fireman Hooper | Delroy Hooper (SVG)
  9. Erphaan Alves
  10. Mr. Killa | Hollice Mapp (Grenada)
  11. Andrew Hitz Phillip | Andrew Phillips (Grenada)
  12. J Angel | Janelle De Leon
  13. Shurwayne Winchester
  14. Skinny Fabulous | Gamal Doyle (SVG)
  15. K.I | Kris Persad
  16. Snakey | Heaven Charles
  17. Iwer George
  18. Ann G/ Myron B | Ann Giustini/M.Bruce (Japan/TT)
  19. Destra Garcia
  20. Pelf Buh Boy | Victor St.Louis
  21. Kitch | Kernal Roberts
  22. Blaxx | Dexter Stewart
  23. Jaiga TC | Terrin Callendar
  24. Prophet Benjamin | Devon Samuel
  25. Jelani | Jelani Harley
  26. Swappi 4D/Duceman | M Davis/A Jackson
  27. Skinny Banton | Shirlan George
  28. Ricardo Drue & Destra Garcia (Antigua/TT)
  29. Fya Empress | Lornette Nedd-Reid (Tobago/SVG)
  30. Granny | Nikki Crosby
  31. Luni Spark & Electrify |Kellon & Kelson Ogiste (Grenada)
  32. Eddie Charles
  33. Squeezy Rankin | Anthony Al-Fleu
  34. Super Blue | Austin Lyons
  35. CJ & Ronnie | Colin Jackman/Ronnie 
  36. Devon Matthews 
  37. Quasi "Ace" Edmondson (Guyana)
  38. Nadia Batson

Name of Song
  1. Calling
  2. Turbo Charge
  3. Carnival Rebels
  4. Drink
  5. Identify
  6. In Charge
  7. Wait
  8. Unruly
  9. Deal With It
  10. Panty Dropper
  11. Ignorant
  12. Mash It Down
  13. We Pumping
  14. Going Off
  15. Flags
  16. Cyah Rhyme
  17. Red
  18. Till Yuh Wet
  19. In The Band
  20. Nothing
  21. Excitement
  22. Badness
  23. Officer
  24. So What
  25. Till Morning
  26. Whole Place
  27. Soak It Good
  28. AirBorne
  29. Mo Bacchanal
  30. Go Granny
  31. No Mercy
  32. Jam Down
  33. Straight
  34. Twinkle Star
  35. Transform
  36. Stink
  37. Forking
  38. Forward
The live broadcast can be heard via the live radio broadcast from the following link: Vibe CT 105 FM; Slam 100.5 FM

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January 23, 2015

Chutney Soca Monarch Finalists 2015 | Trinidad & Tobago

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The Chutney Soca Monarch Finalists have been announced. Ten contestants will compete to be crowned champion for each category. The finals will take place on Saturday January 31st. at Skinner Park in San Fernando.

In the semi final round of competition the combination of Rikki Jai and Ravi B topped the Chutney Soca competition while Rooplal Girdharrie led the inaugural Traditional Chutney competition. Will these results remain the same for the finals? The finals will take place next Saturday. We will not have to wait long for the crowning of the 2015 Monarchs! 

Excerpt from the Chutney Soca Monarch 2015 Facebook Page:
The 40 songs at the Semi Final stage were all delivered in fine style with extravagant productions, making the judges job more difficult as the night wore on.

In 2014, there were 20 artistes competing at the Chutney Soca level. At the Semi Final this year, 20 contestants competed in the chutney soca category, giving it that ‘Grand Final’ type of feeling on Friday night.

Only 10 names in the Chutney Soca category, and 10 in the Traditional category will move forward to the Grand Final. This alone demonstrates how competitive last Friday night was at Rienzi Complex.

The first prize of the CSM is $2M and  the 1st prize in the Traditional is $500K. All artistes will receive $100K as a minimum appearance fee in both categories.

The following artists will be competing in the Traditional and Chutney Soca Monarch Finals competition. 

Traditional Monarch Finalists 2015:
Name of Artist
Rooplal Girdharrie
Drupatee Ramgoonai Persad
Rasika Dindial
Heeralal Rampartap
Hemlata Dinidal
Ravi B & Rikki Jai
Boodram Holass
Rakesh Yankeran
Rawthee Ramroop
Kavita Maharaj feat. Rasika Dindial
Voting Codes


Name of Song
Lage Re
Dholakawa
Cooko Ru
Suno Suno
Kuku Kar Kar Kai
Chale Awoh
Phoolan Kay Haar
Doo Doo Darling
Nache Nachaniya
Loota Loota

The 'Pick 2' Chutney Soca Monarch  Finalists 2015 (KI is the defending Monarch):
Name of Artist
Ravi B & Rikki Jai
Rooplal Girdharrie
Nadia Batson feat.Ravi B
Edwin Ayoung aka Crazy
Nishard Mehru
Anil Bheem
Andy Singh feat. Raymond Ramnarine
Arti Butkoon
Saleem Beharry feat. P Benjamin & Olatunji
KI Persad (Defending Monarch)
Voting Codes
Name of Song
CSM20
Celebration
Sunday Indian Movie
Respect D' Elder
Mischief Maker
Trinidad
Inside Di Party
Friend Zone
Next Man Wife
No Gyal Again

 
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King #2 | Kurt Allen | Trinidad & Tobago 2015

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Kurt Allen aka the 'Last Badjohn of Calypso' is keeping it septic with this one entitled "King #2". I like to call this song 'The Toilet Paper Song'. This is no ordinary song and after listening to the song your should be well educated regarding the ills of the society especially as it relates to corruption in government and society.

"The Last Badjohn of Calypso" delivered a classic message filled calypso that will have many thinking and some cringing. This artist/calypsonian is so damn talented that it can make you want to cry out of delight. Kurt's vision and interpretation of events that took place and is currently taking place is classic. He paints his canvas with lyrical diarrhea that simply crushing the villains in the society/government. Impressive indeed and a much needed breath of fresh air!

Kurt had struck with an impressive musical/lyrical number that should set the stage for his second song. Anyone who is going to have a chance to capture the Calypso Monarch title in Trinidad and Tobago and dethrone reigning Monarch Chucky must have a strong second song. Kurt is off to  an excellent start with this song. We wish him well!

If you have something to say/add then please use the comment feature of this posting to add to the discussion. All comments will be posted.

Production Notes:
Song Title: King #2 (aka The Toilet Paper Song)
Written by: Kurt Allen
Performed by: Kurt Allen
Arranged & Produced by: Kurt Allen &Adrian Jaikaran
Mixed & Mastered by: Garrrett Sawyer

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Blazing | Olatunji & Skinny Fabulous | T'dad & Tobago 2015

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Trinidad and Tobago and Saint Vincent are two nations blessed with Soca music artists who have the ability to 'tun up' any vibe. Today we present a song entitled "Blazing" vocalized by the very popular Olatunji and Gamal " Skinny Fabulous" Doyle.

Take a listen to the track and let us know what you think. This one has a little pace to it so prepare to sweat while 'Blazing' your trails for Carnival 2015. Please use the comment feature of this posting to share your thoughts about the song. All comments will be posted. 

Production Notes:
Song Title: Blazing
Written by: ***
Performed by: Olatunji & Skinny Fabulous
Produced by: Millbeatz Entertainment
Mixed by: Millbeatz Emtertaomemt
Mastered by: Madmen Productions

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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January 22, 2015

Can Destra dethrone Kerwin & take the Groovy Title 2015?

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Who is brave enough to bet against Kerwin Du Bois to repeat as Groovy Soca Monarch for Carnival 2015? Maybe you are thinking it is too early to call it... I don't think it is too early and will go on record for this competition. Destra Garcia, a damn sweet song entitled "Lucy" and mix in De Red Boyz out of Barbados... I like Destra to win the Groovy Soca Title for 2015!

No one, but Kerwin and a few close associates, know the song that he will defend his title with at the National Stadium and he has a crop of really excellent songs! However, I am liking Destra's chances the more I listen to Lucy. I am man enough to pick my winner early - Destra with Lucy!

Whoa, hold on now don't kill the messenger/stop laughing your pwefen off, OK! Go and listen to Destra's song and think about it for a moment. I know that the Red Boys produced, in my opinion, the best Groovy track this year and guess who sang it? Yes Mr. Kerwin Du Bois and yes I am talking about 'Love Up'. However, I don't see Kerwin singing 'Love Up' to defend his title. He needs something that is a little up tempo to deliver on his performance with the dancers on stage. He has many songs from which to plan his attack: Magnetic, Circles, Ridiculous, D Influence or No Apology (he should defend with this song).  He (Kerwin Dubois) is very talented and can repeat again for sure however....

Destra Garcia has a song called "Lucy" also produced by De Red Boyz out of Barbados. These guys produce music that bleeds niceness and groove! This competition is all about Groove Soca and De Red Boyz can take it all with Destra and Lucy! 

Some people think that Olatunji with "Ola" or Benjai with "Phenomenal" can do the job but let's say that they all have very good songs to win... we now need to ask, what else is needed to crown the monarch? Here it is... Stage presence and vocal delivery of the song on that special night. No shouting or talking to the audience just a sweet singing performance to wow the judges and those in attendace. I am confident that both Kerwin Du Bois and Destra Garcia can and will give us the performances of their lives. Looking back, one can assume from past Soca Monarch appearances that they will provide stellar performances. Let's see how Olatunji and Benjai handle the stage... stage presence is so important. An excellent recorded song (with all the fixings that a good producer can provide) can become a bust on stage if not delivered in the right manner.

I am aware that with the exception of Kerwin Du Bois none of the other artists are in the finals yet and you can say that I am counting my chickens before the eggs hatch. However, I am confident that Destra will get to the finals - then the fun begins!

So what do you think? I am confident that if the stars align for Destra (she so damn unlucky in these competitions) she can win the competition. The Red Boyz have given her a damn excellent production and one hopes that the stage band can come close to the Red Boyz style. Kerwin Du Bois is a fantastic talent and I respect the man. He can repeat again. But lady Destra, armed with "Lucy" and the mastery of De Red Boyz, can win this competition. 

I will not be surprised if Destra takes the Groovy Soca Monarch title. I will not pull this post if Destra does not win. I will take my licks like a man. However, I am very confident because Destra can sing and perform better than most while 'Lucy' has the vibe, the groove, the spirit of Carnival and the music excellence of the Red Boyz to get the job done!  

Join the conversation and let us know what you think will happen. All comments will be posted. Regardless of the commentaries good, bad or indifferent!

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