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20140228-181449.jpgBy Jeané Neal

Friday! Mash Up Di Place! Friday! In front they face! Friday! Red, White and Black! Friday! I’m back! De Bouncin Start…De Bouncin Start!!

What a chune eh? That song just gets me all types of reckless! Yes indeed today is Fantastic Friday but what is it you ask? Some call in Carnival Friday but it’s mostly known as the Groovy Soca Monarch and International Power Soca Monarch aka the Super Bowl of Soca. All of the big names on the big stage. From artists such as Machel, Kerwin, Destra and even Supa Blue made a huge come back which ultimately helped him win a split victory with Machel in 2013.

It is like the Caribbean version of American Idol, where you can call in or text a number to vote after each performance. It is televised but can be found through online streams, pay per view and on local trinidad stations. There are also judges, but not like Simon, Paula and Randy. They base their decision on presentation and the song itself. All contestants must run against the previous title holder, as they are granted an automatic slot to compete the following year.

Thousands of people come to see their favorite artists at Crawford Stadium. All you see are big flags, rags, powda from di Powda Posse (i
Fog Up De Place…), glow sticks and everyone having a time. I wish all artists good fortune and may the best win!

Some Contenders Include:
Machel Montano
Supa Blue
Kerwin Du Bois
Farmer Nappy
Skinny Fabulous
Nadia Batson
Tallpree and more!

Joie De Vivre <3

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