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Mikey’s making moves

NATANGA SMITH, [email protected]

Mikey’s making moves

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WHAT “C” WORD does entertainer Michael Mikey Mercer love? It is a toss-up between Christmas and Crop Over says the former Soka Kartel band front man, who is suffering from a high temperature of festival fever.

With new music out, he hinted to WEEKEND BUZZ at “the highest possibility of doing Pic-O-De-Crop this year, along with Sweet Soca and Party Monarch [competitions].”

“I have already released Level Up (Sweet Soca). There is the collaboration with The Alliance, and [the song] Feting And Brass, which I am pushing for Party Monarch. I am already working on my social commentaries and another collaboration might be in the works over the next two weeks.”

Mikey is known for his dance prowess as a member of the Grass Skirt Posse, which he joined in 2000. He made his debut in the soca arena in 2004, the same year he also won his first crown, Tune Of The Crop, with the self-penned Come Together. He also came second in the Party Monarch that year.

His next win would be the Party Monarch in 2011 with Pavement Anticipation and he also went to the International Soca Monarch competition in Trinidad.

He made history in 2012 when he not only successfully defended his Party Monarch crown with No Behaveya, but also won the Sweet Soca crown with We Loose and took the People’s Monarch and Tune Of The Crop crowns.

In 2013, he was dethroned as Party Monarch king, ironically by himself and his bandmate Blood as the group Soka Kartel, which was the first group to win a crown. Mikey himself placed second and Blood, third. In the Sweet Soca he lost to Blood and placed fourth but successfully defended his People’s Monarch title.

The artiste, who left Headliners Tent in 2013 to join De Big Show, and went all the way to the Finals of the festival’s premier calypso competition that year, is going in a new direction this year, which he calls “going back to my roots, but with a new focus”.

Mikey, who is a former member of X-TA-C, G-Syndicate and Electrik bands, is keen about good music, energetic performances, having fun and enjoying a good party.

 “My sound has changed a lot. I am pushing a real energetic kinda vibe, a fun loving kinda vibe. I think we need that kind of music to bring back the positive and friendliness of the feting . . . the community of feting where you go out and meet new friends.”

Mikey, who was one of two to make it to Soca Royale last year in both competitions, placing seventh in Sweet Soca and fourth in Party Monarch, said: “I will continue to do me and grow my brand.”

On his humanitarian side, he is still focused on doing his charity work for Team Mikey and has added the initiative Making A Difference to his pot, which is to kick off next week.

“It is about going into some primary schools to speak about the aggression and the anger I see. I want to show them there are other ways to deal with their problems . . . . Make them understand that there are negative repercussions. I want to help however I can and with help of my corporate partners I can see how to make a difference.” (NS)