Congratulations and best wishes on a fantastic job – well done—to the new Chutney Soca Monarch, Raymond Ramnarine.
Raymond has laboured long in the vineyard, and has come a long way from his days in Mastana Bahar, for which he must bow in pranam (bow before Bhagawan).
On behalf of the thousands who texted for him, I salute his victory as being proof that victory is not for the swiftest, but for those who endure. Raymond and his band have carried the chutney soca torch to every part of T&T, to the four corners of the globe and are now set to put chutney in space... Bravo!
He must live up to his role as a monarch and lead the others and he must lift the chutney bar from the gutter of rum culture, sexually deviant behaviour and glorifying domestic abuse.
I must also salute George Singh who has believed in chutney-soca since its birth.