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Aaron keeps Chutney Soca title

By Kimoy Leon Sing

Defending champion Aaron Duncan retained his title for a second time as the Schools’ National Carnival Chutney Soca Monarch champion yesterday, at the Carnival Village, Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.

Duncan, from Trinity Junior School, topped the Primary School category with his song, “Never Let You Go”. 

He shared the spotlight with Melina Smith from Guaico Secondary School, who won the Secondary School category with her song, “Indian Words”.

Duncan scored 253 points and held off his closest competitor, N’ja­nela Duncan-Regis from Eshe’s Learning Centre, who scored 248 points with her song, “Real Unity”. 

Third place was Tyrese Williams from Arima Boys’ RC School, who scored 247 points for his song, “Trini To The Marrow.”

Singing in position number five, Duncan, dressed in red, white and black, stirred the crowd with his commanding performance and energetic gyrations.

Singing about his love for Trinidad and Tobago, Duncan also acknowledged musical icons Slinger “The Mighty Sparrow” Francisco and Sundar Popo. 

Apart from the title, Duncan walked away with the grand prize of $10,000.

Duncan said he felt proud of his accomplishment and congratulated his fellow competitors.

He said, “After having a rough start, starting with Junior Calypso, I feel really good to retain my title in this competition.”

Smith, a first-timer to the competition, overthrew defending champion Arindel Suraj from Hillview College, who had to settle for second place. 

Smith scored 243 points and cinched the title and walked away with $12,000.

An elated Smith said she would save some of the winnings.

Sharing her thoughts about her victory, she said, “I feel great. I had a chutney song last year but I did not enter the competition. After seeing Aaron and his performance last year encouraged me to try for the competition this year.”

In the Secondary School category, third place went to Jerrisha Duncan-Regis from St Francois Girls College, with her song, “Chutney Madness”, and fourth place went to Kerwyn Alridge and Tenique Beckles from Couva West Secondary, with their song, “What Yuh Goin’ To Do”.

More than $110,000 was up for grabs this year and was distributed among the competitors (see box at right for results). 

 

results

Primary School category

 

1.  Aaron Duncan.....................$10,000

2.  N’janela Duncan-Regis........$8,000

3.  Tyrese Williams.....................$6,000

4.  Nirmala Ramdass Singh.......$5,000

5.  Jeremiah Marlon James........$4,000

6.  Josiah Jason James...............$3,000

7.  Suraj Ramdass Singh............$3,000

8.  Tyra Deonarine......................$3,000

9.  Vikash Dillon Jonas................$3,000

10.  Randy Harris.......................$3,000

11.  Daniella Alexander..............$3,000

 

Secondary School category

 

1.  Melina Smith....................$12,000

2.  Arindel Suraj....................$10,000

3.  Jerrisha Duncan Regis..........$8,000

4.   Kerwyn Alridge and Tenique Beckles

..............................................$6,000

5.  Ferdinand Smith....................$4,000

6.  Nicholai Rampersad.............$4,000

7.  Shane Joseph.......................$4,000

 

 

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