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Sweet party

Femi Mascoll,

Added 24 July 2010


High energy, high quality performances and intense competition for the entire day. Patrons attending the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch finals at the Bushy Park, St Philip racing circuit are being told to expect only the best at tomorrow’s show.Finalists for the Sweet Soca competition are Mr Dale, Kirk Brown, Brett Linton, Li’l Rick, TC, Khiomal, Mikey, and Blood. The last five, with Mikey and Blood appearing as Soka Kartel, will also face the judges for the Party Monarch contest, along with Popsicle, Queen T, Edwin Yearwood, and Ras Iley.The respective winners will then face off for the new Soca Royale championship, the winner of which will drive away with a Kia Cerato Coupe.The artistes are applying the finishing touches to their presentations.TC, defending both titles, is telling patrons to expect things to “get dutty”. She warned her competition that she would be coming strong as she would be there to “represent and defend the crown . . . . I will not just walk away”. She will perform Down De Road in the Sweet Soca competition and Duttiness for the Party Monarch.Khiomal, Party Monarch in 2008, had this to say: “I just want to make sure I bring a very high energy performance. People expect a certain calibre of performance from me, and I do not intend to disappoint.” He further said that while he was honoured to compete alongside “the greats”, it would feel good to defeat them.  Khiomal’s Sweet Soca piece is Wine On You, while he will be performing Don’t Tell Me Nuttin as his Party Monarch contender.Much to the disappointment of many, crowd favourite Li’l Rick will not be performing Go Down tomorrow. Instead, he will be performing Carry On as his Party Monarch song and What A Feeling for the Sweet Soca.Blood and Mikey will be quite busy tomorrow. Each will appear separately in the Sweet Soca section, Mikey with My Party and Blood doing Boom Bam. They will reappear separately again for the party section with Party Anthem and Foot On Fire, respectively. They will re-emerge as Soka Kartel for the final performance.One of the more popular acts for the season, the Soka Kartel duo are intent on walking away winners. Mikey said that the crowd would be treated to a “few surprises” and nothing but “vibes and party”. Blood stated that together they had been planning carefully in order to give the best execution of the party favourite Whole Place Mash Up in the Party Monarch battle.The other contestants in the Party Monarch competition, though having only one go tomorrow, are no less upbeat.Ras Iley, one of the veterans in the Party Monarch competition, said that his performance of We Need a Song would be “no elaborate presentation . . . just vintage Iley”. He stated: “After 26 years, I don’t feel I have anything to prove... I want the people to focus on me rather than on the distractions behind me”. Newcomer Brett Linton from the Headliners Tent is ready to bring “serious hype building and an explosive finale” to Bushy Park. Linton said that while competing against veterans might “prove to be a daunting and overwhelming task”, when he walked on the stage he would be giving his best.Lead singer of the band Strategy, Kirk Brown, said he would be “pulling out all the stops” tomorrow and treating patrons to a “high-quality performance”. He said the competition seemed to be level “across the board”, so he was underestimating no one and was ready to please the crowd and judges with All I Want.Popsicle will perform the controversial Eric Jerome Dickey in position No. 3. Trying his luck at Party Monarch glory for the second time, Popsicle said he was “preparing his war strategy for a magnificent performance”. “The General” Edwin, competing for the first time in three years, is bringing Chrissening as his effort to win another Party Monarch title. First-timer Queen T is hoping to rock the place with Wiggle And Dip. “I am fully prepared to bring an exciting, unique and energetic performance,” she said. Having placed second in 2007 with Soka Junkie, Mr Dale is hoping to go one better with Drop It.So, come tomorrow, Bushy Park, the home of motor racing in Barbados, will once again be alive with the sounds of battle – this time in competition of a different, but no less exciting kind.


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