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Soca Monarch Semi Finalists

Carnival is coming closer and closer.So many nice new tunes are out there already – it is hard to keep track of them all. We are anxious to see (and hear!) which one will make it on the road this Carnival and who is going to be the Soca Monarch 2009. Who is your personal favourite?
Below you can find a list of the Semi-finalists for this year’s International Soca Monarch competition which will be held at the Arima Velodrome Sunday 8th February.

(IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
GROOVY SOCA MONARCH:
1. Fay-ann Lyons-Alvarez
2. Kerwin Du ois
3. Edwin Yearwood
4. Patrice Roberts
5. Biggie Irie
6. Patch
7. Hunter
8. Zoelah
9. Tizzy
10. Chucky
11. Blaxx
12. Iwer “De Boss” George
13. Nadia Batson
14. Zan
15. Pelf
16. Benjai
17. Peter Ram
18. Tracy D
19. Sean Caruth
20. Shal Marshall
21. Farmer Nappy
22. Erphaan Alvesx
23. Shayne Bailey
24. Sugar Raye
25. Esther Dyer
26. Skhi
27. Fireball
28. Alicia Lee
29. C’Donia
30. Cassi
31. Ansel Joseph
32. Gary Jackson

(REIGNING GROOVY SOCA MONARCH: SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER)

POWER SOCA MONARCH:
1. Fay-ann Lyons-Alvarez
2. Shurwayne Winchester
3. Patrice Roberts
4. Iwer “De Boss” George
5. Berbice
6. Olatunji
7. Nadia Batson
8. Terri Lyons
9. Blaxx
10. Blaze & JW
11. Lil’ Bitts
12. Benjai
13. Tony Prescott
14. Super Jigga TC
15. Choppa
16. Trevor Gore
17. Blazer Dan
18. Nnika Francis
19. Knycky Cordner
20. Soca Tech
21. Russel Cadogan
22. Jermeeka Mundy
23. Ivy
24. Ninjitsu
25. Tyra Matthews
26. Anslem Douglas

(REIGNING POWER MONARCH: BUNJI GARLIN)

(via Soca 91.9fm / Trinibashment)

Digicel reveales this year’s Rising Star.

Digicel’s newest Rising Star is the dominican Tarina Simon. She competed with Antiguan Daina Barnes, as crowd favourite from early on in the competition and walked away with 10 000 US$ and a recording deal with CRS Music.

The “reveal show” featured last year’s winner Kyron Baptiste who perfomed together with Peter Ram Ram’s tune “Woman By my Side”.

Scrappy (Montserrat) album available now

ScrappyAlthough carnival in Montserrat is no summer carnival but is celebrated between Christmas and New Year there are Soca-related news from the island’s 2005/06 Soca Monarch Scrappy.
The promissing son of the island, who also became Junior Calypso Monarch twice before he left Montserrat, currently resides in London where he is just about to release his third album „Soca Is Life”. And this only days after his second solo album „Dreams Are Reality” became available at all major download stores like iTunes, Napster, Juno and many more, after signing contracts with Europe’s biggest Soca label Faluma Digital.

The young artist who just turned age 25 last week, is not only singing but is also writing and producing most of his tunes and runs his own production label called Danger 1 Productions. By being such an all-rounder Garvin „Scrappy” Johnson qualified to be one of the fresh and upcoming artists distributed digitally by Faluma, beside many big names like Krosfyah, Mastamind, El-A-Kru and Madd.

Free Shammi Tune

ShammiSoca artist Shammi, famous for the “Soca Bhangra” tune with Bunji Garlin, is working on new material. Some of his new tunes will be heard this carnival. Other productions lead to the international market: His work with King Heartbeat Productions is being released in Japan next month and there is interest from a producer in Poland to do some collaborative work and distribution.

Get your free Shammi tune now [mp3/3,2MB]