Independence Chutney Soca Monarch at Skinner Park
By SEETA PERSAD Friday, August 17 2012
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Reigning Chutney Soca Monarch, Kris KI Persad will be in battle with former monarchs Rikki Jai and Rooplal Girdharie for the crown of Independence Chutney Soca Monarch tomorrow.
This event, which will take place at Skinner Park, San Fernando will also see Pitchakaree champion Mohip Poonwassie and the women of chutney – Sally Sagram, Artie Butkoon, and Drupatie Ramgoonai. Comedian Kenneth Supersad, who topped the semi-finals, Soca Elvis and Ramdeen Falco Maharaj round out the list of finalists.
The winner of the competition will take home a cash prize of $500,000, while the second and third placed contestants will receive $250,000 and $150,000 respectively. All other finalists will receive $50,000.
At the semi-finals at Gulf City Atrium last Saturday, Rikki Jai performed the groovy selection, “Mother Trinbago” saying about his country, “I love you so, I will never let you go.” KI was excellent in his delivery of “Staying Here Forever.” In it he declared, “Independence in my land — Freedom is a gift from the heaven.”
Top female acts Artie, Sally and Drupatie were also well received by the audience. Artie sang, “Sweet Trinidad Sweet Tobago,” in which she quoted some words of the National Anthem. Drupatie had a traditional chutney flavour for her tune, “Proud to be Trini” and Sally excited the crowd with her performance of “Happy Independence.”
Produced by Southex, the competition saw artistes displaying their skills in doing patriotic songs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Independence of TT. According to the CEO of Southex, George Singh, this year singers created history by delivering the best batch of songs ever for a chutney soca competition in TT.
Singh said, the final is expected to be a spectacular event with all the glitz and glamour of the Carnival edition of Chutney Soca Monarch. This event is being produced on behalf of the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, and is sponsored in part by WINTV, WIN 101.1, Black & White, Hennesy, White Oak, Forres Park, Gulf City Limited, Richard Tent Rentals, All Events Lighting, Balroops Sound Co and Firepower Fireworks.