JerOmy Rodriguez and Sasha Ann Moses emerged joint winners of the 2014 Flavorite Supreme Ice Cream National School, Soca Monarch 2014 held yesterday at the Queen’s Park Savannah.
Rodriguez and Moses won in the secondary school category of the competition; while Stefan Camejo won in the primary school category of the competition.
This year’s competition was a keenly contested one in which competitors seemed to have studied the book Soca 101 before delivering their performances. They called on their cheering classmates, who made up the audience, to scream on the count of four, they waved flags and rags, brought props and dancing girls on stage and at intervals in their performance, called for the band to take it low.
From early in the competition Camejo established himself as the one to watch when he alighted from a realistic-looking Caribbean Airline Soca Plane stage prop.
Dressed as a pilot, his background singers were dressed as flight attendants and with a group of dancers behind him, Camejo then belted out his “Soca Plane” — making full use of the stage.
N’Janela C Duncan-Regis of Esche’s Learning Centre — singing “Real Unity” and Tyreese J Williams, of Arima Boys’ RC — singing “Move Something” — also put in impressive performances and copped second and fourth place.
The secondary school category of the competition also turned out great performances; but even those in attendance would agree that Rodriguez and Moses were well ahead of their competitors given their elaborate stage presentation and near flawless performance — Rodriguez dressed as an army officer and chauffeured on stage; while Moses rode up alongside the savannah stage in the back of a pickup with her band of masqueraders/dancers.
Last year’s Secondary School Soca Monarch Ferdinand Smith of Swaha Hindu College, also had a good showing with his inspirational “I Believe”, a song that should really be adopted as some kind of affirmation theme for today’s students.
Then there was Khiry Flemming of St Kevin’s College who really worked the stage like a seasoned soca artiste with his “Pressure”. The unnecessary raunchy dances of his three winer girls might have cost him a chance at the title given the age range of the audience in attendance.
Former chairman and founder of the International Soca Monarch William Munro was present to support the upcoming soca stars.
Guest performances included former Junior Soca Monarch winners Erphaan Alves and Patrice Roberts, who are now houshold names in the soca arena. For her performance Roberts left the stage in favour for the stands, where she sang in the midst of screaming school girls and boys for most of her performance.
2014 Flavorite Supreme Ice Cream Primary Schools
Soca Monarch winners
1. Stefan Camejo, Sacred Heart Boys’ RC, “Soca Plane”
2. N’Janela C Duncan-Regis, Eshe’s Learning Centre, “Real Unity”
3. Aallyah Webb, San Fernando Girls’ Government, “Soca Chutney Fever”
4. Tyreese J Williams, Arima Boys’ RC, “Move Something”
2014 Flavorite Supreme Ice Cream Secondary Schools
Soca Monarch winners
1. Jeromy Rodriguez, Cowen Hamilton Secondary, “Soca Soldier”
1. Sasha-Ann Moses, UWI Sixth Form School, “Red, White and Black”
3. Timel Flement Rivas, Hillview College, “Soca Spirit”
4. Tsahai Corbin, St Joseph’s Convent, “My Island”