International Soca Monarch Finals – the race is wide open


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The International Soca Monarch Finals will take place on Carnival Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain. In total, 62 competitors took part in the semi-finals, and they were whittled down to 22 contestants.

The 11 contestants in each category will go up against reigning Groovy Monarch Swappi (Marvin Davis), Power Soca Monarch Mr Killa (Hollis Mapp) has withdrawn from the competition. Most are Trinidadian soca performers, but among the finalists are artistes from Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Barbados and Grenada.

The finals of the International Soca Monarch competition are scheduled for Friday 21 February, better known as Fantastic Friday.

Groovy Finalist
1. Asten Isaac I.O.U
2. Blaxx Canboulay
3. College Boy Jesse Happy Song
4. Ding Dong Outside
5. Isaiah Soca Slide
6. Kerry John Go Away
7. Leadpipe Sometimes
8. Preedy Yuh Bad
9. Rayzor Dread Tabanca
10. Rome Good Good
11. Skinny Banton Wrong Again
12. Swappi (Defending Monarch)

Power Finalist
1. Iwer George Stage Gone Bad
2. Luni Spark & Electrify Bacchanal Party
3. Lyrikal Rukshun
4. Mical Teja Bumper Murder
5. Olatunji Thankful
6. Preedy Shell It
7. Problem Child Nasty Up
8. Prophet Benjamin Betty Cat
9. Rome Easy To Break
10. Shal Marshall Bun Up
11. Trinidad Ghost I Ain’t See
12. Mr Killa (Defending Monarch, no longer competing)