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Jan 9, 2013

Soca Monarch 2013 Semi Finalists announced - No Kes! What of Machel in finals?

Thanks to the Trinidad Guardian Site we have the list of the Semi Finalists for both the Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch and the Play Whe International Power Soca Monarch competitions for 2013.

Noticeably absent from the line-up is former Groovy Monarch, Kes.  Now, as the reigning champion in both the Power and Groovy categories, Machel Montano should be automatically in the finals, but we'll wait on an official announcement before we are certain. Changes to this year's Soca Monarch rules no longer allow anyone competing on 'Fantastic Friday' from performing at any other event on that Friday night into Saturday morning without facing a 'a significant penalty'.  Machel also awaits sentencing, set for Jan 17th, after being found guilty last month on 5 criminal charges.  How these circumstances affect the Soca superstar remain to be seen.

Machel did reassure fans however that he would be present for all 2013 Carnival engagements at the 'Savage Saturday' fete in Chaguaramas last weekend. 

Also of note, crowd favourite and another former Power Soca Monarch, Bunji Garlin is absent from the Power category, but look for him as a front runner in the Groovy Soca category with his smash 'Differentology'

The semi finals will be happening on January 20 at the Arima Velodrome in Trinidad and has a fantastic lineup with 30 competitors in each category.  Just who will be present in the finals?  We'll all just have to wait and see.

For the entire list of semifinalists - Click below


Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch semifinalists
1. Ian Bunji Garlin Alvarez - Differentology
2. Neil Iwer D Boss George - Bubble
3. Dexter Blaxx Stewart  - Nah Get Away
4. Destra Garcia - Call My Name
5. Nadia Batson - Manager
6. Denise Belfon - Wining Queen
7. Shurwayne Winchester - We not Stopping
8. Darryl Farmer Nappy Henry - Stranger
9. Rodney ‘Benjai’ Le Blanc - Feter
10. Drupatee Persad - Indian Gyal
11. Kerwin Du Bois - Wettin
12. Kenneth K Rich Richards - Wine Back
13. Patrice Roberts - A Little Wine
14. Terrin Super Jigga TC Callender - We Liming
15. Ravi Ravi B Bissambhar - Prescription
16. Stephenson Shal’ Marshall  - Wickedest Wine
17. Roderick ‘Chucky’ Gordon - I Never Wine
18. Akil ‘5 Star Akil’ Borneo - Partier
19. Sheldon Sheldon Nuggets Bullen - Not Yuh Manager
20. Leslie EL-Jay’ James - Trini Beauty
21. Denyse Plummer  - Rock and Roll
22. Michelle Michelle X - Xavier - Hold Somebody
23. Lawrence Mr Renzo Adams - Xrated
24. Nesta Sekon Sta Boxhill - Stick It
25. Jenelle J'Angel De Leon - Jook It
26. Charlene Charli Griffith - Go Down Low
27. Kevon Yankey Boy Heath - Rumors
28. Devon Lyrikal Martin - 25/8
29. Santeney Rampersad  - Movin Alone
30. Sean Daniel - Magnet


Play Whe International Power Soca Monarch semifinalists 2013
1. Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez - De Stage Open
2. Austin Super Blue Lyons - Fantastic Friday
3. Destra Garcia - Carry On
4. Neil Iwer D Boss George - Unfinished Business
5. Rodney Benjai Le Blanc - Engoma
6. Shurwayne Winchester - We Control D Road
7. Nadia Batson - Gutter
8. Edghill MX Prime Thomas - Rell Vibez
9. Wilt Tallpree Cambridge - Muddy Jab
10. Dexter Blaxx Stewart - In Charge
11. Gamal Skinny FabulousDoyle – Monster (Reigning Monarch in St Vincent)
12. Lornette Fya Empress Nedd-Reid  - Rum Please
13. Marvin Swappi Davis – Cha-os
14. Timel BoyBoy Rivas - Put yuh flags up
15. Devon Prophet Benjamin Samuel - No Lokani
16. Jeffrey Peter Levels Biddeau - Ready Again
17. Rickey Lil Rick Reid - Cyah Bother We
18. Trevor Gore  - Once Again
19. Anslem Douglas - Bacchanal
20. Jason JW’ Williams & Ancil Blaze Isaac Jr - Timing It
21. Devon Matthews - Start It Up
22. Megan Walrond - Full Flight
23. Marcus Lavaman James - Psycho (Reigning Monarch in Grenada)
24. Shivonne Lil Bitts Churche - Raise D Dust
25. Emmanuel Chris Garcia - No Soup
26. I-Stan Chosen Scott - Bring A Flask And Come
27. Anthony Squeezy Rankin La Fleur - The Renaissance
28. Erphaan Alves - Doh Test We
29. Ronald Natro Date Wickham - Masquerader Drunk
30. Olatunji Yearwood – Tunji Mantana

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