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Newcomer Niqa out first in Sweet Soca semis

NATANGA SMITH, [email protected]

Newcomer Niqa out first in Sweet Soca semis

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Out the blocks first Friday at the Sweet Soca semi-finals is newcomer Niqa with For The Love.

She pulled first position when the Sweet Soca calypsonians met at the National Cultural Foundation office this evening to bring in their songs, sign their contracts and iron out the last details. Excited but still nervous, she is no stranger to the stage as she came form the Junior Monarch and Pic-O-De-Crop tents. 

The artistes were in a jovial mood and all were present except for Li’l Rick, whose number was pulled by management Ruel Ward, Biggie Irie and Kirk Brown whose numbers were pulled by Merle Niles and iWeb whose number was pulled by Brian Corbin.

Nikita is the lone female doing the double as she is also in the Party Monarch competition.

The artistes will perform next week Friday at Phenomenal Friday on the same stage of the Yello International Bashment Soca competition. 

Duo Leadpipe & Saddis and Li’l Rick are also into the Yello International Bashment Soca finals.

In order of appearance on stage are: Niqa, Imani, Leadpipe & Saddis, Sanctuary, Mikey, Jamal Slocombe (newcomer), iWeb, Kirk Brown, Natahlee, Adrian Clarke, Li’l Rick, Bo Bo (newcomer), Nikita, Biggie Irie Mighty Grynner and Marvay. The reserve is Joaquin. (NS)