Five months after winning the Chutney Soca Monarch title at Skinner Park, San Fernando, Kris “KI” Persad received $2 million yesterday from Southex chief executive officer George Singh.
In an informal ceremony, Singh presented cheques to Persad and joint runner-up Ravi “Ravi B” Bissambhar.
Singh said both entertainers received their just due later than the others since they were out of the country at the time the cheques were prepared and ready.
Persad said he was happy to have received his money and he was not “worried” because of the relationship and trust he had in Singh.
“Last year there was a little bump in the road. Last year was a miscommunication somewhere and I know we did not have anything to worry about. I knew it would be rectified and the Minister (of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas) ensured me and so did Mr Singh and everything worked out,” said Persad.
And he was optimistic that next year he will retain the title.
Persad said he already has songs for 2015, but is presently touring with the band JMC 3Veni for which he performs as lead vocalist.
Samraj “Rikki Jai” Jaimungal and Ravi “Ravi B” Bissambhar tied for second position and will each receive $400,000, while Kenneth Supersad placed fourth. Nishard Mayhroo was fifth.
The event was allocated $4.5 million to be paid in prizes by the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism.
Last year’s winner, Raymond Ramnarine, did not defend his title as he was not paid his full prize money.
Ramnarine won with his song “I ain’t marriding again” and was expected to receive $1 million.