MACHEL POWER: The reigning International Power Soca Monarch, Machel Montano, brings the energy of his 2011 soca hit, "Advantage", to the stage at the finals of the competition. —Photos courtesy Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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2012 Soca Monarch Live On The Net

Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts will take the Digicel International Soca Monarch competition to the World Wide Web with live streaming in High Definition (HD) via Carnival TV's signature series, LIVEOnStage2Nite. The pay-per-view (PPV) broadcast will go live from the Arima Velodrome for four hours from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with the semi finals of the Play Whe Groovy Soca Monarch and the Digicel Power Soca Monarch competitions today.

The Digicel International Soca Monarch has become a staple of the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival, being the foremost barometer for proficiency in the soca realm of the Caribbean. In it's 20th anniversary year, international audiences will witness some of the 53 regional semi-finalists vie for entry to the finals of this year's competition. Carnival TV will stream four hours of the eight-hour show live, featuring performances from both competitions.

Carnival TV was launched in March 2011, as the premier HD Internet TV station streaming live Caribbean content to the globe, with an aim to capture and present the essence of everything Caribbean through the eyes of Caribbean people. In it's pilot year, the station successfully kicked off its programming with live streams of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival including the National Steelband Panorama Finals, Dimanche Gras, and the Parade of the Bands, which attracted more than 300,000 viewers in 137 countries around the world. 

This Sunday, soca and Carnival enthusiasts can get their front-row PPV seats for US $0.99 for the Digicel International Soca Monarch Semi Finals at www.carnivaltv.net. Payment can be made by credit card or PayPal only. For more information visit www.facebook.com/carnivaltvtt or www.facebook.com/socamonarch or tweet to @carnivaltvHD or @intlsocamonarch or email: carnivaltvHD@estuarypr.com.

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