Chutney Soca Monarch 2013 moves back south
By SEETA PERSAD Saturday, December 8 2012
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WE GOING BACK SOUTH: CEO of Southex, George Singh, left, and 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch, Ki Persad, took time out for this pose at Thursday's launch of...
The 2013 Chutney Soca Monarch heads back down South, in Skinner Park, San Fernando for Carnival.
Having had a taste of Chutney at the Queen’s Park Oval, CEO of Southex, George Singh, says he is taking the competition back to its original home in South. Singh revealed this information at the launch of Chutney Soca Monarch 2013 at Hyatt Regency on Thursday evening.
He also said the winner can expect a first prize of $1million, the same as 2012. Singh also noted that contestants who do not make it to the first five positions will get the sum of $60,000 each in the finals, which is double the amount they received in 2012.
“The approximate cost of hosting this spectacular event is nearing TT$20 million as Southex seeks to take this indigenous style of music to an even higher level in the new year,” Singh said, adding that Chutney Soca Monarch contributes in a major way to the development of the artistes and the industry, as past winners went on to make their mark on the international stage.
Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, Dr Lincoln Douglas, also addressed the function. He said his Government was pleased to be associated with the development of chutney soca in TT. He congratulated Singh in his success as promoter, and producer of this show annually.
The 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch, Kris KI Persad, also performed his winning selection of Single Forever at the event. He told the cheering audience that he intend to keep his crown in 2013.
Singh also said that patrons of the show will be treated to entertainment from Bollywood as well, as other international acts. “We intend to have international judges, foreign dignitaries, and other exciting performances on the final night of competition,” Singh said.
He outlined that singers will be asked to render a song that has original lyrics and melody for 2013. On this note he appealed to all chutney singers, composers and those wishing to enter the contest to keep the lyrics clean and positive as Southex will be screening all songs before choosing those who enter the semi-final stage. The winners of this Carnival event will be determined by 50 percent text voting, and 50 percent judges’ points.
This year chutney stars from Guyana were allowed to compete with the stars of TT. Next year, Southex will be inviting Suriname to participate in this contest. Fans from these countries will be allowed to vote by text messaging for their favourite contestants.
The semi-final of the competition will take place on January 12 at Rienzi Complex and the final show will take place on January 26 at Skinner Park. This year the competition marks its 18th anniversary with the theme “For One Night Only”.