Soca Monarch Winners | Trinidad & Tobago

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The Soca Monarch Competition is the most popular singing competition for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. The show is held on Fantastic Friday (Friday before Carnival takes to the streets). The standard was based on two competitions on that night.

The Groovy Soca and Power Soca Monarchs were crowned on that night. However, starting in 2016 only one Soca Monarch is crowned! The two sub-genre competitions was cast aside.

It is a difficult thing to understand how a Groovy Soca Song can compete against a Power Soca song taking into consideration that the Power Soca song creates so much energy during the actual performance by the artiste. What is your opinion?

We have prepared this listing from our Soca Music Post as a quick reference guide to the Soca Monarch winners from 1993 to present.

Trinidad/International Soca Monarch
1993 - Superblue - Bacchaanal Time
1994 - SuperBlue - Flag Party
1995 - Ronnie McIntosh - On The Road
1996 - Superblue - Bounce
1997 - Ronnie McIntosh - Ent
            Superblue - Barbara (Tie)
1998 - Super Blue - Ato Party
1999 - Kurt Allen - Stampede (Dus Dem)
2000 - Super Blue - Pump Up
2001 - Shadow - Stranger
2002 - Bunji Garlin - We From de Ghetto
            Iwer George - Gimme Ah Bligh (Tie)
2003 - Iwer George - Ah Home
2004 - Bunji Garlin - Warrior Cry
2005 - Bunji Garlin - Blaze de Fire
2006 - Shurwayne Winchester - Ah Can't Wait
2007 - Iwer George - Fete After Fete
2008 - Bunji Garlin - Fiery
2009 - Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez - Meet Superblue (First female winner)
2010 - JW & Blaze - Palance [2]
2011 - Machel Montano - Advantage
via http://www.socamonarch.net/new/

2012 - Machel Montano - Pump Yuh Flag
2013 - Tie Machel Montano - Float | Austin "Super Blue" Lyons - Fantastic Friday
2014 - Machel Montano - Ministry of Road
2015 - Machel Montano aka Monk Monte - Like Ah Boss (this is his last year of competition!)

International Groovy Soca Monarch 
2005 - Michelle Sylvester - Sleeping In Your Bed
2006 - Shurwayne Winchester - Don't Stop
2007 - Biggie Irie - Nah Goin' Home
2008 - Shurwayne Winchester - Carnival Please Stay
2009 - Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez - Heavy T Bumper
2010 - Shurwayne Winchester - Murdah
2011 - Kes Dieffenthaller- Wotless
via http://www.socamonarch.net/new/

2012 - Machel Montano - Mr. Fete
2013 - Machel Monatno - The Fog
2014 - Kerwin Du Bois - Too Real
2015 - Olatunji Yearwood - Ola

bmobile TSTT People's Choice
2006: Bunji Garlin
2007: Shurwayne Winchester
2008: Bunji Garlin
2009: Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez
via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

There was also the TnT Ragga Soca competition that was first started in 1999 according to tntisland.com. Howerver, because of sponsorship issues the competition never took hold. Ragga Soca music with an emphasis on Jamaican style lyrical delivery is still going strong with Bunji Garlin leading the charge.

Ragga Soca
1999 - Iwer George - Iwer And Ah Half
2000 - Bunji Garlin - Chant Down Babylon
2001 - Bunji Garlin - Licks
via http://www.tntisland.com/

From 2016 there will be one Soca Monarch Competition with One Soca Monarch 

Soca Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago (New Rules)

2016 - Aaron St. Louis aka Voice - Cheers To Life
2017 - Aaron St. Louis aka Voice - Far From Finished

 

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