On De Scene: Caribbean Soca Monarch history lesson

>> Saturday, June 20, 2009

In 2001, the OECS Secretariat endorsed the OECS Soca Monarch which from inception has been part of St. Lucia Carnival Activites. Leading soca artistes from all nine OECS member states along with Barbados met on one stage in a show of regional solidarity. However in 2006 the show was renamed “Caribbean Soca Monarch” to allow for entries from countries outside the OECS.

This competition which is entirely different from the International Soca Monarch held in Trinidad, has aruagably held less prestige in the wider Caribbean due to the comparatively lower prize money involved; nonetheless it is the signature of St.Lucia Carnival. St.Lucian artists who place in the local Soca Monarch are automatically entered into the Caribbean Soca Monarch against the regional competitors. Critics echo the competition has of recent years been biased towards St. Lucian artists as the island has the most entries.

Below is the listing of all the winners of the competition who have continued to make history :

OECS Soca Monarch Winners

2001 - Godfrey Dublin ( To Take Away) St.Vincent and the Grenadines
2002 - David "Pung Wa" Patrick (Pussy and Tony) St. Kitts and Nevis
2003Mantius (I doing a ting) St. Lucia
2004Mantius (We Making Love) St. Lucia
2005 Bomani (I am Soca) St.Vincent and the Grenadines

Caribbean Soca Monarch Winners

2006Mista Vybe (Ting for de Road) Trinidad and Tobago
2007Ninja Dan (Rise) St. Lucia
2008 Ricky T (Wheel and Come Again) St. Lucia

Me alongside de reigning Caribbean Soca Monarch King Ricky T

Caribbean Soca Monarch , which is in its 8th year will be held on July 19th 2009 at the Mindoo Philip Park . See who becomes part of history!

Peace and Soca


5 x 2 cents (comment, nuh!):

JAM CREW a.k.a JAM June 20, 2009 at 12:41 AM  

good job rochelle... keep it up :)

from Jam Crew :) and the MONSTERHITTZ family

(Nurse) Karen June 21, 2009 at 12:58 PM  

Hey Rochie! Thanks for putting that together. A lot of people didn't realize St. Lucia had the first deliberately international competition.

Rochelle K. Noel June 21, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

Hey I did not kno myself talk about a history lesson learnt so much from compiling this post.it was so much fun !

Junez June 21, 2009 at 6:07 PM  

big up rochelle, de best in de business! tell dem Junez say So!

Junez June 21, 2009 at 6:09 PM  

Big up Rochelle, De Best Inna De Business! Tell Dem Junez Say So!


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