Montage N.V. has announced the 20 finalists for the Soca Rumble Power and Groovy competition for Carnival 2016. The popular event, held for the first time last year, will be held on Friday, April 15 in Carnival Village. It is the first show in the Village on the 2016 calendar of events.
Each category, Power and Groovy, has ten finalists, eleven when you count the reigning monarch in each category who will have to defend his crown. All finalists were selected by a panel of judges. The songs were submitted without artist names and we’re judged based on the arrangements, delivery, timely submissions and show readiness.
According to organizers, the judges had a challenge this year to select the top ten in each category based on the amount of great song entries received. “We are thankful to all the submissions received and congratulate all for producing good St. Maarten soca music,” organisers said.
The finalists for the Power Soca category are (not listed in any particular order): Big George, Urmain, King James, Baker Jr., Rey, Empress Ebony, Kenyo, King Vers, Mighty Dow, Magic.
The finalists in the Groovy Soca category are (listed in no particular order): Lady Baker, Kenyo, Shakiya, Roxxy, Ric Da Fox, King James, Magic, King Vers, Fish da Mega Boss, Mighty Dow
Organisers started from very early with the registration for the Soca Rumble. In fact, the announcement for the opening of registration was made on November 9, 2015, giving potential participants ample time to produce their songs. In order to ensure proper event production and promotion, which includes giving the singers opportunities for ample radio and online play, organizers were strict with the deadline. All songs had to be submitted by January 25. Reminders were posted regularly as well.
Soca Rumble will also feature a new twist in the show this year, with a Soca DJ Face Off Competition. During the Pure Soca party series in February and March the audience at those events will choose their favorite DJ. The top two DJ’s will later face off on April 15 at Soca Rumble. The prize for the best DJ will be a Mac book pro 15" inch and a Pioneer SZ controller.
“We expect high level of excitement again this year for Soca Rumble with everyone coming out to support their favorite artist. We are positioned as the first show in the Village so we are looking forward to setting the pace for a great Carnival with Soca Rumble. Congratulations to all the finalists, now lets get ready to rumble!” Organisers said.