Sunday, February 18, 2018

Soca Monarch night for the ladies


Queen of Bacchanal: Destra Garcia performs “Mash Up” in the Power Soca Monarch Competition on Saturday morning. —Photo: MICHEAL BRUCE

Mark Fraser


DEBUT: Ann G of Japan performs in the International Power Soca Monarch Competition at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain on Friday night.

Mark Fraser

Machel Montano, who lost his Groovy Soca title but retained his Power crown, was satisfied with his performance. Challenger Iwer (Neil George), was also happy with his performance at the 2014 International Soca Monarch finals Friday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Satisfied was also the word used by Cassi (Cassiano Sylvester) and Lyrickal (Devon Martin) to describe their experience.

Montano said he was “highly satisfied” with his team’s work despite limitations in his preparations because of a hectic Carnival schedule with his HD band.

“We did exactly what we wanted to do. We executed well, but we went down to the last minute in preparing  for some of the things especially for the Power  because we had the least amount of rehearsal time because we had so many shows.

Asked if he thought he had put up a stout defence of his titles, Montano said “Definitely! I just went out there, I chose the right position to let everybody go and see what they had, let them blow out all their steam  and come when the crowd was still tiring and still make it happen. I could see from the general momentum that the crowd was up at all times and we did a good job,” Montano said, adding that he would have liked to have gotten more rehearsal time, which was limited because of his focus on the Machel Monday event and other fete obligations.

George however criticised the delay in starting the show. The show was due to start at 9 p.m. but eventually did at around 9.40 p.m. due to “technical difficulties” the house announcer told the massive crowd.

“But people enjoyed themselves so they can’t complain,” George said, after his performance while awaiting the announcement of results,

Asked to predict the winners of the Power category, George said: “I know I have money for sure, I know my whole production was very expensive....I know I not gonna lose my deposit  but right in this place we see a lot of strange things  happening so we just have to wait and see the results. I think the race is between myself, Machel and Mr Kill@.”

Cassi said, “I believe I did well enough. I  am proud of my whole team and we had fun . We did our own thing and we had a ball. People loved us, the crowd was receptive  and everything was great.

“We couldn’t ask for more on Fantastic Friday.   I is the man in the house and not the hornerman,” he said referring to his hit song.

Lyrikal, who performed “Lockdown” in a song featuring newly-crowned Groovy champion Kerwin Du Bois said: “I am very satisfied. I just went out there and had fun. I give it my all and that was most important to me. It was my first time, first experience  so... I am proud of myself  and honoured  to be gracing the stage with all the other artistes in the competition.”

Among the women, the warmest reaction was reserved for the Queen of Bacchanal, Destra Garcia, with her hit song “Mash Up” in the Power Category.

Garcia, dressed in a blonde wig impersonating famed diva Tina Tuner said she was banishing all the negative things in society with her performance.

She released doves into the crowd as well as inflated balls with the words peace, love, unity and hope written on them before she asked the crowd to bounce those balls around.

Japanese finalist Ann G (Angela Giustini) with her rendition of “We Love Carnival” received only tepid reaction, while Nadia Batson’s “Rated R” and Patrice Roberts’ “Fetting Di Most” were some of the better efforts from among the only five females involved in the competition.

Defending co-Power category champion SuperBlue (Austin Lyons) could not replicate last year’s effort with his 2014 song “Carnival Yo Yo” and he left immediately after his performance.