Written by on January 23, 2017

Trinidad & Tobago’s International Soca Monarch competition will see the most regional acts in its history.

Last week, Soca Monarch producers, announced the list of this year’s 66 semi-finalists, which includes several artists from across the region – including first time, 5 Barbadians.

The Bajan’s are Peter Ram (“Good Morning”), Biggie Irie (“Money Well Spent”), Marzville (“Bang Bim”), King Bubba (“Calling in Sick)”, and new coming Marvay (“Know the Face”).

Saint Lucia’s Teddyson John has made the list for the second year in a row, and will be joined by compatriot Ricky T, whose hit song ‘Freaky Girls’ is ranked among the Top 30 songs for T&T’s carnival this year.
This will be Ricky T’s 3rd time in the competition after twice making the finals in 2008 and 2009.

Antigua will be represented by Tian Winter, Tizzy, and Ricardo Drue. Tizzy also joins Ricardo Drue performing throughout T&T’s carnival season with the Roy Cape AllStars.

St. Vincent’s biggest Soca star Skinny Fabulous, will be joined by fellow Vincy’s Chawalee and Hype 4000, while Boyzie and Shondelle Amada Dash will represent Grenada.

Former Soca Monarch winners and finalist have abstained from competition this year, including T&T artists Shurwayne Winchester, Denise Belfon and Edwin Yearwood and from Barbados.

4 time winner Shurwayne Winchester, said event though he was listed amongst the semi-finalists, he did not submit himself for competition and will not be participating because he is focused on achieving other goals.

While Edwin Yearwood and Lil Rick were expected to participate but declined with both saying they are not focused on regional competitions at this time.

The 66 semi-finalists will be reduced to 22 finalists made up of 20 finalists and 2 wild cards. For the second year, there will be no Groovy and Power categories but one show with one monarch.

The International Soca Monarch Semi-Finals will be held Saturday February 5, and the finals dubbed ‘Fantastic Friday’ are scheduled for Feb 24.

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