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More than 60 to vie in Soca Preliminaries

On Friday June 29th, 2018 from 6pm, the National Cultural Center Grounds  will be ablaze, as one of the signature sounds of Carnival, Soca music, takes center stage in the first leg of the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch Competitions.

Over sixty national soca artistes, have registered to secure one of the coveted spots in the preliminary round, split evenly between Groovy and Power Soca.

“The response to registration is a clear indication of how magnetic this genre is to the masses,” notes Thomas Leonce CEO of Events Saint Lucia. He adds, “This artform, with its roots in Carnival, has evolved over the years becoming one of the most viable of genres not just during the carnival season, but year- round.  Carnival  acts  as  the  platform  for  the  launch  of  new  soca  music in preparation for an international stage, and ECSL is thrilled to facilitate this process as the producer for these major events”.

The Soca preliminaries will be staged at the National Cultural Center Grounds on Friday June 29 and is free to the public. Gates will open at 5pm with show time scheduled for 6pm. The designated parking for patrons is the NIC Car  Park at Barnard Hill.

The following are the list of qualifiers for Soca Preliminaries:

 

Groovy Soca:

Ambi                                         Bacchanal Freedom

Antonio                                    Fantacy

Umpa                                        Drop Dat

Cooyah Fyah                             Rev Up

Ezra d’Fun Machine                  Money Dance

Garner                                      OMG Great- Oh My Gosh Great

Subance                                    Higher Level

Kaydene                                    Year of the Progress

Crown                                       Don’t Spoil My day

Private 6                                   Issa Meal

Kisha                                         Vaval

Imran Nerdy & Saveion            Baddie

Mac 11                                      Ready for Carnival

G-Punga                                   Soca Pumping

Versi-style ft Spragga               Push Back Pon the Fender

Mantius                                    I love your wine

Mongstar                                  Style Like Dat

Mighty                                      Inevitable

Mysterio                                   Fetting Life

Sedale                                      Stick on You

Sergie                                       Saucy

Flawless                                    Taking Over

Rashie                                      Pressure up

Shemmy j                                 Dem Gyal

Yung Vic & Multi                     Alcoholic (Drinkers Anthem)

 

Power Soca:

Ambi                                            Cataract

Daddy Yardie                               Dad dow (Belly wine)

Twaka                                          Mr. Prickle

Nassis ft Krome                           Bend down for the hmmm

Ti Carro & Hyper                         Your Wish

Ezra D’Fun Machine                    X

Platinum George & Mr. x            Jab Cry

Imran Nerdy                                Work Somebody

Paulie & OZ                                 No behavior

Jiggy                                            Solid Waste Management

Soca Psycho                                 Pitch Fork

Bronxx                                          Not Going Home

Kisha                                            The People Man (TPM)

Mac 11                                         Doh Stick

Da Great White                            Mess/Trouble

Mata & Miigos                            Upsetters

Mantius                                        Get Wild

Mongstar                                     Exotic Wine

Qpid                                             Who’s Di Boss

Kiki                                               Not on My Man

Subance & Mighty                      Two Clap

Isla Man                                       Power Soca

Sedale                                          Balanmin

Sergie                                          Bacchanal Queen

Esteban                                        Twerk it

The qualifiers from the preliminaries (nine each for Groovy Soca and Power Soca) are expected to join the reigning monarchs on Sunday July 15 at The Sab in Vigie to compete for the coveted title of Groovy Soca Monarch and Power Soca Monarch 2018.

In 2017, the titles of Groovy Soca Monarch and Power Soca Monarch were captured by Arthur and Ricky T respectively.

Sponsors for Saint Lucia Carnival include Flow, Platinum Sponsor for the  Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival, Caribbean Airlines, Bounty Rum and Piton Beer. Media sponsors include The Wave, HTS/Helen 100, Vybe Radio, , DBS, RCI and MBC.

Saint Lucia Carnival is produced in collaboration with the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF)

Full  details about Soleil – the Summer of Festivals can be found at soleilsaintlucia.com.

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