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While steelband aficionados converged at Queens Park Savannah, another notable competition took place down south at Skinner Park, San Fernando. It was time for the Chutney Soca Monarch Competitions. Yes, I said competitions since a Chutney Soca Monarch, Queen of Chutney Soca, Intellectual Chutney Monarch, and Traditional Chutney Monarch were crowned on that night.

 
So let's catch up with all the monarchs at this time:
  • The newly crowned Chutney Soca Monarch is Rick "Rick Ram" Ramoutar. He sang a song titled "Luuuzzaarr."
  • The newly crowned Queen of Chutney is Rawytee Ramroop.
  • The Intellectual Chutney Crown was won by Nailah Blackman. She sang a song titled "Jam of the Year.".
  • The Traditional Chutney Crown was won by Rakesh Yankaran.
Congratulations are extended to all the winners and those who participated in the competition.
 
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Competition: Chutney Soca Monarch 
Origin: Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad
Genre: Chutney Soca, Traditional Chutney, Intellectual Chutney music
 
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Originally posted on the blog Sokah2Soca (www.sokah2soca.com). We bring you only the best new music, while Island Vbye Radio rocks it live on the air!!

 

It is time to get on the road, and we think that doing it with family and friends is the real deal! For that reason, we are happy to post this mixtape by a member of the Island Vybe/Soca2Soca family. This mixtape is from one of our own, so go ahead and share this post and make this mixtape a must-have for the road and your music library. We are proud to feature this mixtape.

 
So here we go, are you ready to feel the vibes of Trinidad's Carnival 2024? If so, you need to check out the latest mixtape by Dj Kirsh, titled “Road Read (2024 Trinidad Soca Mix)”. This mixtape features some of the hottest soca tunes for Carnival 2024. Whether you are planning to hit the road with your carnival masquerade band or just enjoy the music from home, this mixtape will get you in the mood for the greatest show on earth.
 
DJ Kirsh is a talented and versatile DJ who specializes in Soca, Dancehall, Reggae, and Afrobeat. He has been spinning at various events and parties across the Caribbean and North America, and he has gained a loyal fan base for his energetic and creative mixes. Kirsh is a staple of Island Vybe radio, and you can always check the radio station's schedule to tune in to Kirsh as he plays the best music for his adoring fans.
 
“Road Read (2024 Trinidad Soca Mix)” is a 1 hour and 45-minute mix that showcases some of the best Soca songs from 2024; most of these songs were originally posted to Sokah2Soca. You will hear tracks from artists like the late Ricardo Drue, Kes, Nailah Blackman, Voice, Lyrikal, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy, and many more.
 
You can listen to “Road Read (2024 Trinidad Soca Mix)” by DJ Kirsh on Soundcloud right here on Sokah2Soca. You can also follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for more updates and mixes. Don’t forget to share this mixtape with your friends and family, and let them know that soca is the best music in the world. Enjoy?
 
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Mixtape Title: Road Ready Mix Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2024
Curated and mixed by: DJ Kirsh
Origin: Philadelphia/Baltimore USA 
Genre: Soca
 
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The stage is set for the grand finale of the National Calypso Monarch competition, which will take place on Sunday, February 11, 2024, at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. Twelve talented calypsonians will vie for the coveted crown and the chance to dethrone the reigning monarch, Ta’Zyah O’Connor. 
 
The finalists were selected from a pool of 40 semi-finalists who performed at the Calypso Fiesta on February 3, 2024, at Skinner Park in San Fernando. The event was well attended by calypso lovers who enjoyed a variety of songs ranging from social commentary to humor to political satire.
 
Among the finalists are some familiar names as well as some newcomers. The veteran calypsonians include Karene Asche, Kurt Allen, Chuck Gordon, Stacey Sobers, and Winston “Gypsy” Peters, who have all won the title before. They will face stiff competition from the younger generation, such as Aaron Duncan, Brian London, Helon Francis, Mical “Mical Teja” Williams, and Nigel Gobin.
 
One of the most surprising and exciting finalists is none other than soca superstar Machel Montano, who returned to his musical roots with his song Soul of Calypso. Montano, who has won several international soca titles, said he was thrilled to be back in the historic venue and to share the stage with the best calypsonians in the country.
 
The finals will also feature the Tobago Monarch, Dillon Thomas, who earned his spot by winning the Tobago Calypso Monarch competition on October 2023, at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet. Thomas impressed the judges with his song, "It Wasn't Me", which highlighted what was known as the THA "audiogate" bacchanal.
 
The current crop of Calypsonians has a long way to go to come close to the exploits of singers like the Mighty Sparrow with 8 wins, the Mighty Chalkdust with 9 wins, and Black Stalin with 5 wins. Our post photo features the one they will always call the Calypso King of the World - The Mighty Sparrow. 
 
The Calypso Monarch finals are expected to be a spectacular show of music, creativity, and culture as the finalists showcase their skills and talents to the judges and the audience. The winner will not only receive the prestigious title and a cash prize but also the honor of representing the art form of calypso, which is an integral part of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
 
The finalists/order of appearance:
Name of Singer
  1. Aaron Duncan
  2. Ta'zyah O'Connor
  3. Machel Montano
  4. Helon Francis
  5. Kurt Allen
  6. Dillon Thomas
  7. Roderick Gordon
  8. Winston Peters
  9. Brian London
  10. Karene Asche
  11. Mical Williams
  12. Stacey Sobers
Sobriquet
  1. Aaron Duncan
  2. Ta'zyah O'Connor
  3. MM
  4. Helon Francis
  5. The Last Bardjohn of  Calypso
  6. Dilly Suede
  7. Chucky
  8. Gypsy
  9. Brian London
  10. Calypso Princess
  11. Mical Teja
  12. Stacey Sobers
Name of Song
  1. Character
  2. Focus
  3. Soul of Calypso
  4. Representing We
  5. De First Investigation
  6. It Wasn't Me
  7. Charlsie
  8. Ungrateful
  9. Hell
  10. No Excuse
  11. DNA
  12. Respect the Tribe
Reserve: Victoria Cooper Rahim (Queen Victoria) – The Enemy
 
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Calypso Monarch Finals 2024
Origin: Grand Stand, Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Genre: Calypso
 
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The Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain was filled with the sound of steelpan music on Saturday night as the best bands in the country competed for the coveted title of National Large Conventional Steelband Panorama Champion 2024. The event, which was broadcast live on local TV and online via TEGO TV (TTT) and PPV via WACK Radio/TV, attracted thousands of spectators and fans who cheered for their favorite steelband orchestras.
 
The competition featured 11 large bands, each playing a tune of their choice for a panel of judges. The bands were judged on criteria such as arrangement, performance, tone, and rhythm. The large bands category was especially fierce, as the defending champions, Renegades Steel Orchestra, faced off against rivals such as Desperadoes, Phase II Pan Groove, Massy Trinidad All Stars, and Exodus.
 
After a thrilling night of music and entertainment, the results were announced before an exuberant crowd comprised of rabid fans of the respective bands. The results saw a tie for first place with the bands that placed first and second in the semis: BP Renegades, last year's winner, and Massy Trinidad All Stary tied for first place with a score of 285 points. The third-place winner was Republic Band Exodus. There was a celebratory quietness and faded cheers as the results were announced. There were two ties tonight, with Proman Starlift Steel Orchestra and Desperadoes Steel Orchestra tied for fourth place along with the tie for first place. Go figure this one, Phase II Pan Groove played first and placed last; as a matter of fact, the first two bands that played last night placed at the bottom of the result list. Yes, there will surely be gnashing of teeth as players gather on Sunday to review the previous night's proceedings. 
 
The winners received trophies, cash prizes, and the honor of being the best steelbands in the land. The panorama finals were a celebration of the culture and creativity of Trinidad and Tobago and a showcase of the talent and passion of the pannists. The event was a success, despite the surprise tie for first place and the financial challenges for these large steelbands, proving that their love for the Steelband prevailed, and it is a testament to the resilience and spirit of the people. Congratulations are extended to "BP Renegades and Massy All Stars" and their fans.
 
The results announced were as follows:
Name of Band
01. BP Renegades
01. Massy Trinidad All Stars
03. Republic Band Exodus
04. Proman Starlift Steel Orchestra
04. Desperadoes Steel Orchestra
06. Shell Invaders Steel Orchestra
07. Nutien Silverstars
08. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps
09. First Citizens Supernova Steel Orch.
10. Fonclaire Steel Orchestra
11. HADCO Phase II Pan Groove
Name of Song
01. DNA
01. Inventor 
03. Long Time
04. Pan in A Minor 
04. DNA
06. Free Up
07. Inventor
08. DNA
09. Wet Meh Down
10. This Party is it 
11. Gimme Everything
Points 
01. 285
01. 285
03. 283
04. 280
04. 280
06. 278.5
07. 277.5
08. 277
09. 276
10. 275
11. 274
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Production Notes/Music Credits:
Event: National Panorama Finals, Large Bands Finals
Origin: Grand Stand, Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Genre: Steelband Music
 
Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We don't own the rights to this music; it is presented here for promotional use only. We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't download and share them and rob the artists of needed income! I, nor this blog, make any claims of ownership over any of the videos, songs, photos, or graphics used for this post because they all belong to their respective owners.
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Panorama videos courtesy "I am living my life" YouTube Channel.
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