Saturday, December 16, 2017

Double crowning at Chutney Soca Monarch

Joint Chutney Soca Monarchs Ravi B (Budget), left, and Omardath Maharaj (Ramsingh) is lifted by supporters and band members following their performance at Saturday's finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP


The 22nd edition of the annual Chutney Soca Monarch was held at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Saturday night.

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The all-male final saw some of the biggest names in the chutney soca industry battle for the coveted title.

Defending champion, KI Persad, had to settle for third place this year as Ravi B and Omardath Maharaj tied for first.

Ravi B and Maharaj would split the combined first and second prizes of $650,000.

Ravi B performed “Budget”, while Maharaj sang his runaway hit “Ramsingh Sharma”.

This year, Southex Promotions introduced the Ultimate Chutney Challenge, a competition which allowed the original artistes an opportunity to perform some of their biggest hits 'live' on stage.

Chris Garcia emerged winner in that competition with his 22-year-old hit Chutney Bacchanal. He took home $100,000. Veteran singer Rikki Jai placed second, while Adesh Samaroo came in third.

Express Chief Photographer Dexter Philip was there and captured these images. 

Joint Chutney Soca Monarchs Ravi B (Budget), centre, and Omardath Maharaj, right, (Ramsingh) pose for photographs with veteran chutney artist and winner of the World Ultimate Chutney Challenge competition, Chris Garcia, (Chutney Bacchanal), following their performance at Saturday's finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP