Omar Marzville McQuilkin (FILE)
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Omar Marzville McQuilkin is back in the finals of the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad and Tobago.
Marzville, who also made it last year with Bang Bim, is the lone Barbadian in the annual competition. Singing Give It To Ya, he will go up against 11 other entertainers, including reigning two-time champion Aaron Voice St Louis.
The top prize is TT$300 000 (BDS$100 000) while the first and second runners-up will receive TT$200 000 and TT$150 000, respectively.
Marzville told the DAILY NATION yesterday the news was sweet music to his ears as his bookings in the twin-island republic and elsewhere continued to increase.
“The events are really coming in; it’s been a great season so far. When I got the news that I was in the finals, I was actually on my way to an event. So it’s a great feeling and a step further to even greater things,” he said.
Marzville was a finalist in the Bashment Soca Competition and landed in fourth spot in the Sweet Soca Monarch during Crop Over 2017.
The Bang Bim singer did enough on Thursday night during the semi-finals where he went up against over 30 other competitors, including fellow Barbadian Damian Marvay, at the Forecourt, Queen’s Park Savannah.
Marvay did not make it to the final round.
Biggie Irie is the only Barbadian to have won the competition when he was crowned in 2007 as the now defunct International Groovy Soca Monarch.
The final round comes off on Fantastic Friday, February 9, in Port of Spain. (TG)