February 18, 2019

National Extempo Preliminary & Semi-Finals | Trinidad 2019

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Improvisation, a little mischievousness, mockery, sarcasm and stinging lyrical content and you are in the middle of an Extempo War or Words! Oh hell yes, we love it like that! Extempo, a unique art in its own right, may be boring to some but not for those who appreciate history, art, talent and good Trini-Picong. Tonight, the National Extempo Preliminary and Semi-Final rounds of competition took place bringing the talent of the nation front and center via WACK Radio 90.1 FM.

Tonight, at Kaiso House Tent, the Extempo Preliminary and Semi-Final rounds of competition took place. The topic selections (picked on the spot out of  a box) caught some of  the contestants 'off-guard' (they did not do their home work) leading to some poor performances.   We had a singer buss on stage, one misled by the MC on stage and quite a few disappointing performances. But hold on, there were two uptempo segments with some Soca infused into an old classic style of Calypso. Good enough for the preliminary and semi-finals but this is just the prelude to the finals and for that competition, we expect fireworks!

The music provided tonight was good. We had some surprising guitar playing and a keyboard that added a modern feel to an old and classic musical style.

Sixteen contestants performed in the preliminary round of competition followed by a pairing of the contestants for the second round (Semi Finals). Four singers were eliminated and the final 12 competed in pairs (6 pairs going one on one) from which seven singers were selected for the finals to face Myron B in the finals.

First Round: Sobriquet/Singer and Topic
Name of Singer
Dr. Sedley Hazel George
Leslie-Ann Bristo
Hesekiah Joseph
Shradah McIntyre
Wendell Goodridge
Phillip Murray
Winston Peters
Elysia Ray
Rohan Richards
Jumaane Kunle Cox
Joseph Vautor-Laplacileer
Mark John
David Mycou
Gerrard Johnson
Kevon Caliste
Brian London
Sobriquet
Dr Shensation
Lady Africa
Hesekiah
Sharadah
Wendell
Black Sage
Gypsy
Lady Syntax
Fireball
Juby
Lingo
Contender
PAE3OT
Bongo Spear
Kevon
B. London
Topic
Soca Love (Machel & Iwer)
Turning Corners
Our Passing Heroes
Respect Your School Uniform
What To Do With Watson Duke
The horrors of having more than 1 woman
No more calypso monarch in Dimanche Gras
Arrive Alive
CPEP Suspension
UNC Gone Solo
The New NCC Chairman
Cro Cro Buss Ah Cuss
Tobago Win In Court
The Mary Fairy
Extempo Saving The Artform
 Back To Basics
Second Round: Sobriquet/Singer and Topic
Name of Singers
Brian London vs Fireball
Hezekiah Joseph vs Lingo
Kevon Calliste vs Wendell Goodridge
Winston Peters vs Leslie-Ann Bristo
Mark John vs Phillip Murray
Jumaane Kunle Cox vs Elysia Ray
Topic
Venezuelan women love the size of the 'pp'
Happy Hour Over
Soca Picong
Bad Breath
Legalize It
Trini Isis
The Finalists to compete against the reigning monarch Myron B are:
  • Rohan Richards - Fireball
  • Brian London
  • Heskiah Joseph
  • Evan Caliste
  • Leslie-Ann Bristo - Lady Africa
  • Phillip Murray - Black Sage
  • Winston Peters - Gypsy
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Panorama Semi-Finals Results Trinidad 2019 | The Finalists

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Pan Sweet Pan... "Iz Barrel We Love"! The results are in... we have the bands that will compete for the coveted title of champion steel band/orchestra for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2019. There is one thing to take note of from yesterday... Duvone Stewart topped both categories with BPTT Renegades (Hooking Meh) and Pan Elders (The Will). Sweet!

If you love the sound of 'barrel music' prepare for some awesome musical creativity for this years finals. The music was sweet, the air was ripe with excitement and the bands delivered some exquisite musical arrangements. If you are a fan of the instrument, like we are at Sokah2Soca, then prepare for changes that may surprise, win your approval or simply cause some disappointment.

Just remember that four things are constant with all Panorama Competitions... sweet music, fan consternation (ah vex, they cheated us) and the thrill of victory and the most important fact when it comes to the winner... the combined judges decision is final! The Medium and Large bands finals will take place at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad on March 2nd. 2019. The official start time is 6:00 pm. The competition will feature the top ten band from the medium and large bands categories (listed below). This is going to be awesome!

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Large Bands Results
Name of Band
  1. BPTT Renegades
  2. Desperadoes
  3. Shell Invaders
  3. HADCO Phase II Pan Groove
  3. CAL Skiffle Bunch
  6. Massey Trinidad All Stars
  7. Nutrien Silver Stars
  7. First Citizen Supernovas
  9. Republic Bank Exodus
10. T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps
11. NLCB Buccoooneers
12. NLCB Fonclaire 
13. Birdsong
MHTL Starlift 
Name of Song
Hookin Meh
Iron Love
Hookin Meh
Party Start
Hookin Meh
So Long
Rag Storm
Hookin Meh
Rag Storm
Rag Storm
Madness
Heart Ah Love
Hookin Meh
Alive and Well
Points
279
276
271
271
271
268
266
266
265
264
263
261
259
256
Medium Bands Results
Name of Band
 1.  Pan Elders
 2.  Courts Sound Specialists
 3.  Petrotrin Katzenjammers
 4. NGC Couva Joylanders
 5. Curepe Scherzando
 6. Pamberi
 7. NGC Steel Xplosion
 8. Melodians
 9. NLCB Valley Harps
10. Sangre Grande Cordettes
11. St. Margaret's Super Stars
12. Arima Angel Harps
12. San City Steel Orchestra
14. Power Stars 
Name of Song
The Will
The Phung-Uh Nung Sweet
Stranger
Fire In The Area
Yu Lookin For Horn
Gyal Owner
Sing In She Party
Hookin Meh
Music (Dingolay)
Professor Say
Hookin Meh
Iron Love
Madness
Iron Love
Points
275
273
272
271
270
267
262
260
258
253
252
251
251
249
Large Bands Category Semi-Finals Winning Performance by BPTT Renegades

Medium Bands Category Semi-Finals Winning Performance by Pan Elders.

 
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February 17, 2019

National Panorama Semi-Finals 2019 | Trinidad & Tobago

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This video is provided coutesy WACK Radio 90.1/WACK TV. Please donate to the station to keep feeds like this one FREE!


It is on today starting at 1:00 pm at the Queen's Park Savannah. We are talking about the Medium and Large bands of the National Panorama Competition. This event takes place at what is called, Carnival City at the Savannah in Port-of-Spain. This is going to be an excellent and exciting day of sweet steel band music. 

The Savannah will be alive and well with Pan Music today. The Medium category of bands will start the show. If you are not privileged to be there then kick back at home (in front of your PC), turn up the volume and enjoy sweet steel band music. There will be audio and video feeds via the Internet today.

Medium Bands
Name of Band
Curepe Scherzando
Sangre Grande Cordettes
NGC Couva Joylanders
Melodians 
Pan Elders
St. Margatet's Super Stars
San City Stell Symphony
Pamberi
Power Stars
NLCB Valley Harps
Katzenjammers
NGC Steel Xplosion
Arima Angel Harps
Courts Sound Specialists
Name of Song
Yuh Looking For Horn
Professor Say
Fire In The Area
Hookin Meh
The Will 
Hooking Meh
Madness
Gyal Owner
Iron Love
Music (Dingolay)
Stranger
Sing In She Party
Iron Love
The Phung-uh Nung Sweet
Arranged By
Yohan Popwell
Kion Robinson
Stefon West
Marlon White
Duvone Stewart
Clive Telemarque
Damien St. Clair
Andre White
Aaron Clarke
Robert Tobitt
Terrence "BJ" Marcelle
 Akiba Joseph
Aviel Scanterbury
Seion Gomez

Large Bands
Name of Band
Shell Invaders
NLCB Fonclaire
First Citizens Supernovas
BPTT Renegades
Republic Band Exodus
HADCO Phase II Pan Groove
MHTL Starlift 
Caribbean Airlines Skiffle
Nutrien Silver Stars 
Desperadoes
Birdsong
Massy Trinidad All Stars
T&TEC Tropical Angel Harps
NLCB Buccooneers

Name of Song
Hookin Meh
Heart Ah Love
Hookin Meh
Hookin Meh
Rag Storm
Party Start
Alive & Well
So Long
Rag Storm
Iron Love
Hookin Meh
So Long
Rag Storm
Madness 
Arranged By
Arddin Herbert
Darren Sheppard
Amrit Samaroo
Duvone Stewart
Pelham Goddard
Len "Boogsie" Sharpe
Keith Salsedo
Brooks, Williams & Franklyn
Liam Teague
Carlton "Zanda" Alexander
Robbie Greenidge
Leon "Smooth" Edwards
Clarence Morris
Seion Gomez

 
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Chutney Soca Monarch 2019 | Nishard Mayrhoo & Neval Chatelal Champions Again

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Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal Repeat as Chutney Soca Monarch for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2019! 


 
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February 16, 2019

Chutney Soca Monarch Finals | Trinidad & Tobago 2019

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Tonight is the night when Trinidad and Tobago will crown the new or repeat Chutney Soca Monarch Champion. We have the names of the finalists who will compete to win the 2019 title of Chutney Soca Monarch. We have posted the names of the artistes who will compete tonight in the list below. 

The theme for the show, the bold statement for the show reads as follows: It's Time To Set The World On Fire! We look forward to an exciting night of competition. Let's hope the show runs smoothly with little pause between performances. 
The semi finals of the International Soca Monarch ran smoothly, let's hop that CSM 24 replicates this feat. May the best singer (s) rise to the top with a clear winner announced.

The following are the 21 names of the artistes that have made it to the Grand Finals of CSM24, they are listed in no particular order and will attempt to wrest the title of Chutney Soca Monarch from the defending champions Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal.

Press play to start the video feed and ensure that the speaker icon in unmuted (bottom right hand corner of video screen).


Showtime is 10:00 pm but you can get in free of charge from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. I am sure there will be long lines waiting to get in early! As soon as a live-feed becomes available tonight we will add the link here!

List of Singers (not in order of appearance):
  • Imran Beharry (GI)
  • Amit Sagram
  • Veekash Sahadeo
  • Keiron Tyron Williams (Wakaman)
  • Adesh Samaroo
  • Surendra Ramoutar
  • Nisha Ramsook
  • Veejai Ramkissoon x Rome
  • Russel Mohammed
  • Neeshan Prabhu (Hitman)
  • Andy Singh
  • Hemlatha Dindian
  • Kenneth Supersad
  • Kavaita Maharaj
  • Kavita Ramkissoon
  • Nigel Gobin
  • Rikki Jai
  • Amit Sooknanan x Amit D
  • Avinash Sookraj (Climaxx)
  • Omardath Maharaj
  • Daddy Chinee
  • Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal (Defending Champions)
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Production Notes/Music Credits/YouTube Notes:
This is the Ultimate CSM24 Party Mix, just put it on and light up your party with the best of Chutney Soca for 2019.

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We encourage you to promote the artistes and their music; please don't download and share the music and rob the artists of needed income! Music for sale should be purchased while music distributed for promotion purposes should be treated as such and not
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Nation Before Race | Garth St. Clair | Trinidad & Tobago 2019

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Photo © Garth St. Clair (Facebook Page)
The Calypsonian is the voice of the people, the messenger of truth and sometimes he or she will address a controversial topic or create controversy with the topic of choice. Today we have a song entitled "Nation Before Race" sung by Garth St Clair. Garth is the messenger but the core of the discourse lies in the heart and mind of the writer, Mr. Gregor Ballantyne. So let's get to it.

Do you remember the Matrix movie and the scene where Morpheus asked Neo to take the Red pill or Blue pill? Well today we have the Trinidad and Tobago version of that scene however, there is just one pill to take... a very bitter pill devoid of love but penned from a very dark place (some may say enlightened place).

I listened to the song and remarked, "damn, Mr. Ballantyne is pissed off". Someone from the East Indian community really did something that caused this song to be penned. Maybe it was something he had in the works for some time or he 'had an epiphany (a moment)' that brought about an 'ah ha, I got it' feeling that brought this song to life. There is enough going on with race relations across the globe. I gave this song some thought and responded with an essay... I took a break and went for a drive. On my return home I decided to scrap the essay. We don't want to add fuel to the upcoming fire-storm. C'est la vie!

Regardless of my views or your views on the subject matter nothing is going to be resolved without national dialogue on the subject. I say, let all jackasses bray (on both sides of the argument)! This is a scathing social commentary and one that pours salt in a open wound. Tell us what you thinkl

Trinidad and Tobago already has to deal with a horrible crime situation and now the influx of Venezuelan nationals seeking refuge along with a growing Chinese and Nigerian population. Trust me everyone will get their fair share of hate and disgust. In the end the nation may become more polarized with shared distrust but adding to the diversity of the nation. Partisanship does not belong to one race only.

In the interim we leave the outcome/the success or failure of this song in your hands. Some will agree while others will be upset. All I have to say is take a deep breath and step back. Let the air clear because in the end we will learn that we have more in common with each other. Our culture is a mixture of our beautiful populace... yes, there are those who cause problems but I doubt we will ever see a Kosovo in Trinidad and Tobago. Songs like this one may be addressed to a few who create disgust but in the end the entire race will be labeled with the stain of a few... that is the travesty here... a sad one indeed.

So let's be clear, the song was well written (you can dislike how the subject was handled but have to admit he did a good job). We love the music... excellent job done by Caliston Pantor.Finally, the messenger, Garth St. Clair, delivered with the vocals. Regarless of your 'feelings' you have to admit that this was a good delivery. So let the conversations begin. The voice of the people, the Calypsonian has addressed the topic of 'Nation Before Race'. What is your opinion?

We encourage you to support the artiste and the production team. We want you to spread the word about the song; please use the comment feature of this post to share your thoughts about the song with your peers. Keep in mind that fair use of social media is an excellent method to promote the artiste and song.  Take a few minutes and comment on the song/music production... the artiste and production team will appreciate your feedback.

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Use the comment feature of this post to share your thoughts about the song here with your peers. All comments will be posted. Please don't forget to visit us on our 'Facebook Fan Page'. Use the search term @sokah2soca and don't forget to "LIKE US". We are also on Twitter and are now using Instagram; SoundCloud and don't forget to #Sokah2Soca and Enjoy!

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Nation Before Race
Written by Gregory Ballantyne
Performed by: Garth St. Clair
Arranged by: Caliston Pantor
Background Vocals by: Natalie Yorke

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! We encourage you to promote the artistes and their music; please don't download and share the music and rob the artists of needed income! Music for sale should be purchased while music distributed for promotion purposes should be treated as such and not
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in TV Frame).

 
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February 14, 2019

Crown Him Power Soca Monarch ISM 2019 | Mr. Killa

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There is no doubt that Mr. Killa  has stolen the momentum from everyone vying for the Power Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad and Tobago. Stop playing games people... Crown him Soca Monarch for the International Soca Monarch Competition 2019!

Initially, we predicted that Lil Natty and Thunda will win with their song entitled, "Get In Your Section" but that has changed with one performance from Mr. Killa. "Run Wid" It destroyed the Veledrome and then some!

He stole the hearts and minds of everyone after his performance at the ISM Semi-Finals at the Arima Veledrome. He was superb, he was all adrenaline, he was a 'macho man'... he stole the show!

How did this happen? Mr. Killa brought back the feeling that Super Blue brought our in people when he reigned supreme. He has the hook, when he calls on the  fans to "pick up something and run wid it", pandemonium breaks out! People are picking up everything in sight and running from side to side. There is immense and intense energy during this moment... just watch at the video below and understand this phenomenon. See what takes place... riotous fun!

There is no doubt that he has stolen the show, stolen the moment and if you think that the Road March favorites are safe... don't count your eggs in that basket just yet. The show, the story is far from finished. Even if there is a bias they have no choice but to give him the title once he is able to perform and performs as we expect that he will... flawless and energetic. Say it it with us, say in a loud voice, Mr. Killa, the Power Soca Monarch Champion of Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean Region.

We encourage you to support the artiste and the production team. We want you to spread the word about the song; please use the comment feature of this post to share your thoughts about the song with your peers. Keep in mind that fair use of social media is an excellent method to promote the artiste and song.  Take a few minutes and comment on the song/music production... the artiste and production team will appreciate your feedback.

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Use the comment feature of this post to share your thoughts about the song here with your peers. All comments will be posted. Please don't forget to visit us on our 'Facebook Fan Page'. Use the search term @sokah2soca and don't forget to "LIKE US". We are also on Twitter and are now using Instagram; SoundCloud and don't forget to #Sokah2Soca and Enjoy!



 
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