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KRIS KI PERSAD TAKES CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH...AGAIN

By SEETA PERSAD Monday, February 17 2014

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KRIS “KI” PERSAD has again taken home the Chutney Soca Monarch title.

It was a night of fierce competition, but in the end Persad, performing at the second-to-last position of 19, took home the 2014 title.

It was the second win for Persad, who in 2012, was the youngest competitor to win the Chutney Soca Monarch title.

The event was held at Skinner Park, San Fernando.

Persad who won with “Single Forever” in 2012, proved he had what it took to take back the crown with his 2014 hit “Meh Wife Runaway.”

Last year’s winner Raymond Ramnarine opted not to defend his title this year.

An excited KI said, “It was a tough fight going up against the best in Chutney Soca and I am just thankful to everyone for putting me first this year. I promised never to ‘let down’ the people but to keep the flag of Chutney Soca flying high.”

Speaking yesterday from the Trinidad Hilton, where he was carded to perform hours after his win at the Chutney Soca Monarch finals, Persad said a combination of factors contributed to his success — the fans, his family and the music.

Persad, 28, won a $2 million first prize and he plans to use the money to invest in better equipment while trying to open up the Chutney Soca market in Europe. He said his band 3Veni had developed a brand throughout the years and he hopes to keep improving on the standard of the music for everyone to enjoy.

The young winner who wants Chutney Soca to become an international brand also composed the songs which saw him take the Chutney Soca Monarch crown in 2012 and this year.

He thanked his band, which is led by his father Varendra Persad, for the love and support through the years.

Six-time winner, Samraj “Rikki Jai” Jaimungal and former Chutney Soca Monarch Ravi “Ravi B” Bissambhar tied for second position.

The two will receive $400,000. Kenneth Supersad placed fourth taking home $100,000 and Nishard Mayroo came in fifth also winning $100,000.

Jai, who has been in Chutney Soca for 25 years, paid tribute to legends Drupatie Ramgoonai and Sundar Popo.

Ramgoonai was presented with a bouquet of flowers during his performance and he also brought on stage a Sundar Popo impersonator.

Jai collaborated with Nigel Rojas, lead singer of the rock band Orange Sky, for his presentation.

He congratulated both Persad and Ravi B and felt proud of his own achievement since he has consistently placed in the top three in as many years.

Chutney Soca Monarch 2010 Ravi B was pleased with his performance of “Bread” and he too congratulated Persad on his win.

Seepersad who again placed fourth for a second consecutive year, performed “Raging Bull” and said he was happy with his high score in the competition.

He expressed the hope that the competition would return to the system of “judges’ vote” instead of “text voting” which determines the winner by the number of text votes received from the public.

“You see the young people will vote for the youngsters in this competition and this is why they stand a better chance at winning,” Seepersad said.

This year’s event, which is in its 19th year, featured guest performances by Bunji Garlin and his wife Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez.

Organisers of the competition also paid tribute to the late singer, Rajin Dhanraj.

Chairman of Southex, George Singh said this year’s production was the best that he has ever done.

“It was laced with what I would call the best performances we have ever seen in the history of the competition,” Singh said.

He said it was obvious that the performers stepped up their game and it showed with the quality of the performances in this year’s final competition.

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