Sunday, April 21, 2024

Good showing by Bajans

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BARBADIAN ARTISTES represented well last night at the semi-finals of the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad.

The more than four-hour long show saw five Bajans coming to the stage with dancers as props for their songs.

Out first at No. 10 was debutant Marvay who received many compliments via social media on the live stream. He did Know The Face which placed him second at Soca Royale in the Sweet Soca Finals at Bushy Park and also earned him the People’s Monarch title.

Backstage, he told CNC3 Television he appreciated the love and support of the Trinidad posse.

Peter Ram, no stranger to Trinidad, came at position number 16 with Good Morning and changed up some of the lyrics to suit his location.

Biggie Irie, the only non-Trinidadian to win the competition in 2007 with Nah Going Home, came at position 41 with Money Well Spent.

First-timer Marzville brought his energy with Bang Bim. Peforming at number 45 in the second half, he brought out Bajan artiste Stabby De Guard to do some waistline wukups.

Rounding out the Bajan invasion was King Bubba FM at number 57. He flew over from a show in Guadeloupe to perform Calling In Sick.

“The monitors were horrible during my performance. I couldn’t hear myself at all and that forced me to shout and go off key a lot. A lot of artistes complained for the same thing,” he told NATION Online.

“In 36 hours we flew from Miami to Guadeloupe, did the show there, then had to fly to Dominica with a five-hour layover, then flew to Antigua and then St Lucia just to get to Trinidad. I’m definitely calling in sick today and my birthday is Tuesday.”

Edwin Yearwood and Lil Rick, who are the 2016 Soca Royale monarchs for Barbados, opted not to perform. (NS)

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