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KERWIN OUTPERFORMS MACHEL

By Darcel Choy Sunday, March 2 2014

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A bold challenge from respected singer-songwriter Kerwin Du Bois earned him the title of Groovy Soca Monarch, out-performing defending champ Machel Montano and ten other contenders on Friday night.

This is the first time Du Bois has ever won the competition. In 2012, he placed second with the song, “Bacchanalist”.

At the International Soca Monarch competition at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain, Du Bois put on such a fantastic performance of his hit song, “Too Real”, that the large crowd chanted his name for seconds after he was done.

Before performing in position number 10, an excited crowd began chanting, “We want Kerwin” and went on so for a few minutes.

Before he came on stage, pyrotechnics were set off, thrilling the crowd. People seated in the stands moved quickly to the front of the stage when the music began.

Then men on motorbikes appeared on stage, with women sitting behind them. People wondered if one of the riders was Du Bois, but he soon ran on stage to begin his song. Fireworks, placed around the stadium went up in the air and people cheered some more. Du Bois was accompanied by dancers both local and international, as a few were flown in from Los Angeles to be a part of his presentation.

Four minutes into his performance, Du Bois called on the band, to “take it low” as he wanted to speak to the audience.

“Sometimes in life, we born for something but we don’t realise it until later on in life. I believe now is my time and I was born for this,” he said.

He then added a verse to his song, first thanking the nation for supporting him in the competition and then teasing Montano, telling him there was no way, he could beat him in the competition.

“Listen Mr HD, tonight you can’t beat me, I’m not leaving here until I win this Groovy. Time you gave up the crown, you winning this too long...time to go, to second place.”

The crowd roared and the fireworks went off as he ended his performance.

In a post performance interview, Du Bois said he really wanted to win the title this year. Asked about his verse on Montano, he said he has respect for him, and they were friends but it was a competition. On his Facebook page, he said, “Thank You...Thank You. I am overwhelmed with joy.”

Last year’s champ, Montano, placed second this year with his song, “Happiest Man Alive”. Performing right after Du Bois, Montano began with a video showing him jumping from space down to Earth. As the video stopped playing, a man with a parachute was seen in the sky. The crowd looked up to see where he would land. The man manoeuvred himself, to land in the stadium. Soon after, Montano ran on stage to begin his usual energy filled performance. As he sang, the entire stadium sang along. As part of his presentation, he brought on his three children, telling the crowd, they make him happy. They then made way for the real happiest man alive, Slinger Francisco (Mighty Sparrow) who appeared on stage with Montano. The crowd cheered and Sparrow danced while Montano sang.

Also incorporating the Mighty Sparrow in his presentation was third place winner, Farmer Nappy (Darryl Henry), with the song, ‘Big People Party’. Unlike Montano, who brought the calypsonian on stage, Farmer Nappy had him in a video that was played before he performed.

The soca artiste had a choir singing Nappy Mayers’ ‘Ole Time Days’ as couples ballroom danced on the stage. As he performed his song, Farmer Nappy had people dancing just as he did during the semi-finals, as couples found space in the packed crowd to show off their dance moves.

Eleven persons competed in the groovy category with the competition ending a little after 12 am.

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