Secondary schools now have a Groovy and Power Soca Monarch competition of their own. For years many enthusiasts believed that students who had done Soca in the Calypso competition had done themselves a disservice as opposed to those who had actually sang Calypso. In fact it was at one of those shows I first heard a parent say these Soca artistes should have their own platform. The cry was heard and the inaugural Inter-Secondary School’s Groovy and Power Soca monarch competition was staged on Tuesday July 7, to a modest but appreciative crowd inside of the National Cultural Centre.
The competition was separated into two parts with a total of eleven students from seven secondary schools.AshiiBoomz from the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary, Spragga from Entrepot Secondary, Jerry fromGros Islet, Double G fromChoiseul Secondary, Miss Papi-Show from Vieux Fort Comprehensive, Shamzz from Castries Comprehensive, and Lil Nick from Corinth Secondary School formed the group of contestants for the Groovy category. In the Power segment Crown represented Vieux Fort Comprehensive; Nadege carried the Castries Comprehensive while the duo Pito and Ti Camorepresented well forChoiseul Secondary.Diggles and Lil Nick rounded off the segment with loud cheers coming from supporters from their school Corinth Secondary.
The students pulled out all the stops with props and skits indicating that they are aware of what it takes to capture the crown or as the afternoon would indicate, the trophy. With a power house of musical support from Hitty Production, Vybz Music Production and Studio 758, students were able to compete via backing track. A few went the extra mile and commissioned back-up singers, in an attempt to give more life to their performance.
Each student had a stand out performance and the task that met the judges would have been the most arduous they’d face to date. When the results were given it was met with cheers and as is now a custom in the inter-school’s competition sharp disapprovals. In the Digicel Groovy Soca monarch competition Jerry from the Gros Islet Secondary School placed 3rd , Ashii Booms placed 2nd and Lil Nick was crowned King. For the power, it was the representative from the Vieux Fort Comprehensive place 3rd,Diggles from the Corinth Secondary place 2nd and Lil Nick completed the brace, bagging they winner’s trophy for the Piton Malta Power Soca monarch competition.