Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Neval and Nishard - Chutney Soca Monarch champs

Chutney Soca Monarch 2018 winners Nishard M (Nishard Mayrhoo), left, and Neval Chatelal during Saturday night's performance at Skinner Park, San Fernando with a song titled “Masala". Mayrhoo, who hails from the Chutney band Karma copped the prestigious title after fellow artiste Ravi B. stepped out of this year's competition. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

Neval Chatelal and Nishard Mayhroo are the 2018 Chutney Soca Monarch champions.

The duo performed "Massala" in 10th position at the grand finals in Skinner Park, San Fernando Saturday night.

Together they beat out defending champion Omardath Maraj who had to settle for second with his song "Me and My Motorcar". The song which caused controversy in recent weeks "Row Lee Mudda Count" performed by Nermal Massive Gosine came in third.

Following the results an emotional Mayhroo thanked his mother and supporters for believing in him. It was the first time Mayhroo and Chatelal had entered the competition together.

Last year's winner Omardat Maharaj, copped the second place at this years International Soca Monarch Finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Saturday night. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

Their performance was well received by the audience.

Eleven contestants competed for the $300,000 first prize. Ravi Bissambhar (Ravi B) the joint 2017 winner did not defend his title.

The show opened with performances by Naila Blackman and Karma.

Southex promotions chief executive officer George Singh said it was one of his best productions. He said despite the low turnout he was pleased with the performances.

Kenneth Supersad performed in first position with his controversial song "De Raj Story".

The 2018 Chutney Soca Monarch was cancelled earlier this month ad Government had cut sponsorship by 90 per cent. Singh said it was difficult to host the show annually. And he questioned why Government wanted to remove such an important part of the Carnival calendar.

Massive Gosine sings his controversial song titled "Rowley Mother Count" which copped him the third place at this years International Soca Monarch Finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Saturday night. -Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

But at the last minute, Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced that Government had decided to give $1 million towards the event. Singh said the show will go on. However, it would have to be scaled back.