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Benjai performs "Lick It In" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Rodney "Benjai" LeBlanc performance of "Lick It In" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Groovy Soca Monarch category. Nice song which would have been more suited speed-wise to being performed in the Power Soca category.

Similarly Benjai performed his slower song "Come Out To Play" in the Power Soca category and did not get thru to the Finals with either song which is totally his fault and he did tell the judges he don't care about making the Finals.
 

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Tallpree performs "Jab Jab Nation" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Tallpree performance of "Jab Jab Nation" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Groovy Soca Monarch category.
Tallpree qualified for the ISM Groovy Soca Finals on Fantastic Friday 28th February @Hasley Crawford Stadium.
 

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Mr. Killa performs "Rolly Polly" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Mr. Killa performance of "Rolly Polly" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Power Soca Monarch category.
Mr. Killa qualified for the ISM Power Soca Finals on Fantastic Friday 28th February @Hasley Crawford Stadium.
 

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Grenada to be represented at TnT's 2014 Groovy & Soca Monarch Semis
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Flow Grenada CC6 News Report: Blossom Alexis-Welsh:

Tallpree will be representing Grenada in Trinidad at their 2014 Groovy Monarch Semi-finals while Boyzie & Mr. Killa will represent Grenada at the International Power Soca Monarch Sem-Finals as Trinidad prepare for their 2014 Carnival.
 

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Mr. Famous performs "Play More Local" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Mr. Famous performance of "Play More Local" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Groovy Soca Monarch category.
Mr. Famous qualified for the ISM Groovy Soca Finals on Fantastic Friday 28th February @Hasley Crawford Stadium.
 

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Moses performs "More Water" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Moses performance of "More Water" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Power Soca Monarch category.
Unfortunately Moses did not make it into the ISM Power Groovy Soca Finals on Fantastic Friday 28th February @Hasley Crawford Stadium.
 

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Erphaan Alves performs "Contagious" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Erphaan Alves performance of "Contagious" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Groovy Soca Monarch category.
Erphaan Alves qualified for the ISM Groovy Soca Finals on Fantastic Friday 28th February @Hasley Crawford Stadium.
 

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Ravi B performs "Bread" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Ravi B performance of "Bread" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Groovy Soca Monarch category.
Ravi B qualified for the ISM Groovy Soca Finals on Fantastic Friday 28th February @Hasley Crawford Stadium.
 

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Patrice Roberts performs "Doh Rough Meh Up" [LIVE] at Soca Monarch Semis 2014
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Patrice Roberts performance of "Doh Rough Meh Up" on Sunday 9th February at the International Soca Monarch 2014 Semi finals in the Groovy Soca Monarch category.
Patrice Roberts did not qualified for the ISM Groovy Soca Finals but she did qualify for the Power Soca Finals on Fantastic Friday 28th February @Hasley Crawford Stadium.
 

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Carnival 2014
Text to vote your choice for Soca Monarch 2014
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (T&T Guardian)

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Fans can have their say on who wins the International Soca Monarch titles. It’s a simple process, just use the following codes and be aware that each text costs $2.
To vote for contestants in the ISM Power category, text contestant code to 7622 OR SOCA.
And to vote for contestants in the ISM Groovy Category, text contestant code to 4768 OR GROV.

Finalists

Here are the voting text codes & order of appearance for the finalists:

Groovy Soca Monarch Finalists

ORDER ARTIST (SONG) TEXT CODE

1. Ravi B (Bread) RAVI
2. Mr Famous (Play More Local) MFAM
3. Erphaan Alves (Contagious) ERPH
4. Skinny Fabulous (Behaving The Worst) SKFB
5. Denise “Saucy Wow” Belfon (Chuku Chuku) SWOW
6. Biggie Irie (Need A Rhythm) BIGG
7. Destra Garcia (First Time) DEST
8. Tallpree (Jab Nation) PREE
9. Farmer Nappy (Big People Party) FARM
10. Cassi (Man In Yuh House) CASI
11. Kerwin Du Bois (Too Real) KCDB
12. Machel Montano (Happiest Man Alive) MMHD

Power Soca Monarch Finalists

ORDER ARTIST (SONG) TEXT CODE


1. Ann-G (We Love Carnival) ANNG
2. Snakey (The Dhoti Song) SNKE
3. Nadia Batson (Rated R) NBMB
4. Patrice Roberts (Fetting Di Most) PRMA
5. SuperBlue (Carnival Yo Yo) SUPA
6. Iwer George (Mama Oye) IWER
7. Lyrikal (Lockdown) LYRO
8. Devon Matthews (Level It) DEVM
9. Destra Garcia (Mash Up) DEST
10. Mr Killa (Rolly Polly) KILA
11. Machel Montano (Ministry Of Road) MMHD
 

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ARTISTES DRAW FOR POSITIONS IN THE INTERNATIONAL SOCA MONARCH | Boom Champions 94.1 FM

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Tomorrow is Fantastic Friday and the streets are buzzing with activity and predictions on who will be victorious at the International Soca Monarch Competition.

Artistes drew for places at the Hyatt Regency, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, yesterday.

Defending Monarch Machel Montano will sing in position number 12 in the Digicel International Groovy Soca competition and number 11 in the Power category in the Play Whe International Soca Monarch competition at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.

The joint champion in the Power category, SuperBlue (Austin Lyons), will sing in position number five in the finals.

Among those at the launch were Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) chairman Peter Scoon, celebrity guest /actor Damien Dante-Wayans, committee member Gregory Fernandes and presenter Adrian Don Mora.

Defending Monarch Machel Montano does not seem too concerned about the competition however, saying that come tomorrow he will be fantastic.

Finalist in the Power category Grenada sensation Mr Kill@ (Hollice Mapp), who pulled position ten, said he was looking forward to a “Fantastic Friday”.

Groovy Soca category
1. Ravi B
2. Mr Famous (Junior Noel)
3. Erphaan Alves
4. Skinny Fabulous (Gamal Doyle)
5. Denise Belfon
6. Biggie Irie (Carlton Cordle)
7. Destra Garcia
8. Wilt “Talpree” Cambridge
9. Farmer Nappy (Darryl Henry)
10. Cassie (Cassiano Sylvester)
11. Kerwin Du Bois
12. Machel Montano

Power Soca category
1. Ann-G (Angela Giustini)
2. Snakey (Heaven Charles)
3. Nadia Batson
4. Patrice Roberts
5. SuperBlue (Austin Lyons)
6. Iwer (Neil George)
7. Lyrical (Devon Martin)
8. Devon Matthews
9. Destra Garcia
10. Mr Killa (Hollice Mapp)
11. Machel Montano
 

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Machel in tough fight for groovy
SuperBlue’s ‘weak song’ hampers his Power chances

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014
BOBIE-LEE-DIXON (T&T Guardian)


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Having drawn to sing last in both the Groovy and Power soca categories is Machel Montano going to be giving the crowd the best at the end?  Can he retain his titles?  PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA

With just one day before the highly-anticipated Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch and NLCB Power Soca Monarch competitions, DJs from urban radio station Slam 100.5FM have been offering their predictions on the victors of tomorrow night’s show at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Slam 100.5 is the official radio station for the International Soca Monarch.

The radio personalities also took the opportunity to comment about possible Road March winners and pronounce on the state of soca music in 2014. It will be no surprise to those who are following the party circuit and listening intently to the radio that names like Machel Montano, Kerwin Dubois, Bunji Garlin and Farmer Nappy were at the top of their lists.

POWER SOCA
There are two men defending the Power Soca title, Montano and Superblue. Superblue, who had an amazing comeback with Fantastic Friday last year, has offered Carnival YoYo as his power song for 2014.

All the DJs, however, are disappointed with what they called Superblue’s “weak song”. They said he hasn’t given his fans the opportunity to continue celebrating his comeback.

“Last year Superblue came out of nowhere and stole the hearts of his fans like he did in the past but he seems to be unable to match that kind of energy and drive we experienced from him last year,” said Sebro. Sebro. Moore and Sheppard believed that Montano would easily retain his power soca crown.

They said the Grenadian performer, Mr Killa could make it among the top five, but he would have to devise something new for his stage presentation.

“His presentation has been sort of cliched, so it would be interesting to see what he is coming with on the night," Moore said.

In fact, all three DJs felt there have not been many impressive power soca songs this year.

“If you check it out there aren't many power songs this year. Many deejays had to go back into their collection of 2013 power soca to play at events," Sebro said.

GROOVY SOCA
Gregory “Salti” Sebro said he does not believe that defending champion Machel Montano will retain his Groovy Soca title this year and is backing Kerwin Dubois to win with Too Real.

His colleagues David “Young Kingston” Sheppard and Leslie "Ezel" Moore weren’t so sure it would be easy for DuBois, as they think Montano could win with Happiest Man Alive.

“The song may not be one of his better songs, but Machel has the element of surprise. The Soca Monarch is about executing your performance to the best of your ability and that is something Machel knows how to do quite easily," Moore said.

He added Du Bois was at his best this year as all of his 2014 songs are hits, but if he has to beat Montano on Friday night, his performance would have to be at its maximum.

“We can also look out for Cassi as a dark horse in the race. I saw him at the semis and his performance was quite good, said Moore. “Then there is Farmer Nappy who is really making quite an impact on groovy soca lovers with Big People Party.”

Sebro felt the quality of soca, especially in the groovy category was “off the chain” this year.

“A lot of artistes are actually writing a whole lot better. They’ve stepped up their game and I really cannot say anything bad about the kind of music released this year, most of the songs are really good,” he said.

SOCA’s EVOLUTION
As the Slam DJs are at the forefront of popular music culture, they’re able to observe how soca music is changing as a genre. They pointed out that soca is being heavily influenced by electronic dance music (EDM) but they have no fear that the mixing of genres would take away from the authenticity of soca music.

“Music must evolve as it always has. The mixing of genres is to appeal to a wider audience...an international audience,” Moore said.

“I must add that one soca song can now be heard in so many different lights. You have the original song and then you have remixes and what we now call road mixes. These remixes and road mixes will add new music to that song, but the original song never really dies. So as I said before, it is just a matter of appealing to wider audiences,” Moore said.

ROAD MARCH
The three DJS were unanimous that Montano would take the Road March title with Ministry of Road.

Moore said the composition is the “ultimate song for masqueraders to cross the stage,” but it was getting stiff competition from Bunji Garlin's Truck On D Road.

Here are the songs the Slam 100.5FM DJs believe will dominate the road in 2014.

Truck On D Road—Bunji Garlin
Rolly Polly—Mr Killa
Mama Oye—Iwer George
Too Real—Kerwin Dubois
Press A Button—Kerwin Dubois
Spoil Mihself—Kerwin Dubois
Monster Winer—Kerwin Dubois
HMA (Happiest Man Alive)—Machel Montano
Ministry of Road—Machel Montano
Big People Party—Farmer Nappy
To Mih Heart—5 Star Akil
Mash Up—Destra Garcia
Catch Me—Fay-Ann Lyons
Come Out To Play—Benjai

Guardian Media Limited is the official media partner of the International Soca Monarch. For more information about the International Soca Monarch, visit the Facebook page facebook.com/socamonarch.

Groovy Soca Monarch Finalists
ARTIST SONG TEXT CODE


Cassi Man In Yuh House CASI
Biggie Irie Need A Rhythm BIGG
Tallpree Jab Nation PREE
Farmer Nappy Big People Party FARM
Denise “Saucy Wow” Belfon Chuku Chuku SWOW
Destra Garcia First Time DEST
Erphaan Alves Contagious ERPH
Skinny Fabulous Behaving the Worst SKFB
Mr Famous Play More Local MFAM
Kerwin Du Bois Too Real KCDB
Machel Montano Happiest Man Alive MMHD
Ravi B Bread RAVI

POWER Soca Monarch Finalists
ARTIST SONG TEXT CODE


SuperBlue Carnival YoYo SUPA
Ann-G We Love Carnival ANNG
Destra Garcia Mash Up DEST
Lyrikal Lockdown LYRO
Devon Matthews Level It DEVM
Snakey The Dhoti Song SNKE
Mr Killa Rolly Polly KILA
Nadia Batson Rated R NBMB
Iwer George Mama Oye IWER
Machel Montano Ministry of Road MMHD
Patrice Roberts Fetting Di Most PRMA

Fans can have their say on who wins the International Soca Monarch titles.

It’s a simple process, just use the following codes and be aware that each text costs $2.
To vote for contestants in the ISM Power category, text contestant code to 7622 OR SOCA.
And to vote for contestants in the ISM Groovy Category, text contestant code to 4768 OR GROV.
 

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With many imixers, friends and peers wondering where the links are for tonights main event of the Soca calender here is the official info for world imixers enjoy :good:

Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Live Internet Streaming of Trinidad and Tobago's greatest Soca Festival 2014 to the World.

The International Soca Monarch Finals will be broadcasted live in HD via online streaming around the world on Fantastic Friday 28th February 2014. Fantastic Friday 2014 promises to be a spectacular event showcasing the world’s greatest Soca Stars giving their best performances. The show which will be packed with excitement includes the Play Whe International Power Soca Monarch, the Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch, the NLCB Tribute to the Classics and the newest category, the highly-anticipated Carib Breakout Artist of the Year, powered by Slam 100.5fm and driven by Ford. The world will tune in as Machel Montano and Super Blue seek to defend their crowns in the Power and Groovy categories, in a showdown that will celebrate 22 years of stellar entertainment from the Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts.

This year, the International Soca Monarch Celebrity Commentary Panel include Hollywood Stars Damien Dante Wayans, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Tahiry José &Anthony Anderson. The show will also feature special guest performances by Soul Train and MTV Award winner Bunji Garlin, alongside Fay Ann Lyons & the Asylum Vikings, and Kes the Band.

The International Soca Monarch Finals will be broadcasted Live as a Pay Per View Event to an International audience in full HD, details are available at Ultrastream

Please check with your local cable or satellite provider if they are covering the event.

Internet HD Live Streaming of the event will be made available on all android and iOS mobile platforms as well as on personal computers and laptops including Apple computer platforms. The HD stream will adapt to any broadband connection, ensuring a quality streaming experience for all viewers worldwide. It will be available as follows:

USA, Canada and International excluding the Caribbean at >> Ultrastream

Caribbean and International excluding the USA and Canada at >> Soca Monarch PPV

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UK™ (CEO)
Artists who will be partaking tonight:

PLAY WHE GROOVY MONARCHS

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DIGICEL INTERNATIONAL SOCA MONARCHS

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Carnival 2014
How the Soca Monarch is decided
Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 (T&T Guardian)

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One of the frequently asked questions about the International Soca Monarch competition is what is the judging criteria? People often wonder how much crowd response actually matters.

Here’s the judging criteria along with the list of judges and other key bits of information about Fantastic Friday.

If you’re on Twitter, you can use the official hashtag, #ISM2014, and the International Soca Monarch Twitter handle @intlsocamonarch.

Judging Criteria

Digicel GROOVY SOCA Monarch


Melody 25

Lyrics 25

Arrangement 25

Groove 10

Performance 10

Crowd response 5

Play Whe POWER SOCA Monarch

Melody 25

Lyrics 20

Arrangement 20

Performance 20

Crowd response 10

Adjudicators

Chief adjudicator: Josephine Torrel

Groovy category: Paul Massy, Marcia Miranda, Mark Nottingham, Christopher Seon, Allison Seepaul

Power category: Marva Newton, Steve Sealy, Marvin George, Evelyn Caesar Munro, John Barry

Tabulators: Patrina Torrel and Trisha Layne
 
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