Artistes seek ‘Boarding Pass’ to Ragga, Soca Monarch finals
The artistes who will take part in the first ever live judging of the national Soca Monarch and Ragga Soca Monarch semi-finals have been chosen.
The event, dubbed âBoarding Pass,â will take place at the decommissioned ET Joshua Airport on Saturday, June 24.
Performing in the Soca Monarch segment of the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) event are Kurtne âFresh oneâ Pattersonâ, Johnny âJohnny Rebelâ Hall, Joel âTha Fugitiveâ Bibby, Shanel Nanton, Travis âWizskidâ Lynch, Naphtali Duncan, Kester âFlankaâ Chapman, Hance John, Omarion âMarloâ Benn, Ozarie Matthews, Kamara âKeidoâ Foster, Lornette âFya Empressâ Nedd, Ryan âRoyalâ Abraham, Kemuel âKarbonâ Stapleton, Denise â Lady Dâ Stephens, Keronna âKekeâ Samuel, Zavique âCaspa Gâ Morris, Kenroy âRus â Tâ Baptiste, Jamarie âL Pankâ Stapleton, Chewalee Johnson, Delroy âFiremanâ Hooper, Ken âWizzyâ Wiseman, Kevon âSick-Oâ Shallow, Keith âGrabba Finnesseâ Charles and Alhaji âAllah Gâ James.
Competing in the Ragga Soca semi-final are Joanna Christopher-Joseph, Johnny âJohnny Rebelâ Hall, Keronna âKekeâ Samuel, Claydon â Dymesâ Roache and Elrico âPixelâ Hunte, Nickeisha âNikky D Divaâ Pierre, Cleopatra âCleoâ Hendrickson, Jamarie âL Pankâ Stapleton, Anthony and Jamall Nelson (Montano Brothers), Shanel Nanton, Shernelle âSkarpyonâ Williams, Travis âWizskidâ Lynch, Kenville âFonandoâ Horne, Alhaji âAlla-Gâ James, Naphtali Duncan, Lornette âFya Empressâ Nedd, Hance John, Shaunelle Mc Kenzie, Devante Peters and Utamu Rose (Prime Time), Kalid Walters and Delroy Hooper (Kavide ft Fya Man), Ozarie Matthews and Kester Chapman (Ozarie and Flanka), Kemuel Stapleton and Claydon Roache (Karbon Jamz and Dymes), Mâriah âYoung Siahâ Robertson, Shemuel âStaminaâ Thomas, Winston âBartsâ St Hillaireâ, and Joel âDynamiteâ Tyril.
In previous years, artistes were asked to submit their recorded songs to the CDC. The songs were listened to by a group of selectors, who then informed the artistes that they were chosen for the finals. Artistes who were not picked would sometimes complain that the process was unfair, as their songs would sound better if they were allowed to perform live.
So, this year, as the CDC celebrates 40 years of Vincy Mas in June/July, the national Soca and Ragga Soca semi-finals have been introduced.
On semis night, 15 Soca and 10 Ragga Soca singers will be chosen for the July 8 Carnival City, Victoria Park spectacle.