“Boyzie, Boyzie, Boyzie,” chanted the massive audience gathered at the national Cricket Stadium last week Friday night to witness the 2016 Soca Monarch competition following the performance of his defending tune “Bullseye,” which topped the judge’s list to allow the 2015 Soca King to successfully defend his crown.
Boyzie, who hails from the parish of St. Patrick also Known as “crown city,” retained the 2016 Soca Monarch title with 448.5 points, 31 more than his closest contender, Dingaan Henry and Nyelon Williams “Little Natty and Thunda who finished second with their rendition “Take it to them”.
“It is always great feeling to be a crowd favorite,” the 23-year-old told reporters following his performance, which can be described as energetic and electrifying.
With this win, Boyzie now share the 3-time Monarchy tie with Sheldon Douglas, Elvyn “Zingo Alexander, Hollice “Mr Killa” Mapp and Kellon and Kelson Ogiste known in the business as “Luni Spark and Electrify”.
“Right now I am feeling blessed…I just want to give thanks to the Almighty for life, health and strength to take me through this journey…”, he told reporters.
“I want to thank the fans because without them this would not be possible,” he said minutes after being crowned as the Soca Monarch king for a third time.
Boyzie, who came on the scene in 2012, became the youngest artiste to make it into the finals four years ago.
That year he took the 2nd spot in the national competition with his track “Born Troublesome.”
In 2013, Boyzie captured the crown with his hit track “Mass Everywhere.” He placed 3rd in 2014, with a song entitled, “State of Emergency.”
Boyzie’s came big in 2015, when he dethroned the 3-time Soca Monarch duo Luni Spark and Electrify with another of his hit tracks, “Batallions.”
The third spot in this year’s national Soca Monarch competition went to newcomer Trevor Douglas (Mush Man) who did “In my head,” which saw him end up with 397 points.
In fourth position was another newcomer Shondell Amada (Dash) with his rendition “Ah Hearing a call” which landed him 395 points.
Luni Sparks and Electrify placed fifth on 379 points with their song, “Whole heap ah mas.” They tied for the position with Elimus Gilbert (Inspector) who did “Greenz.”
Shem Bernard “Terror Kid” with his rendition “Suicide” tied for seventh place with Javis Cuffie “Muddy” (365 points) who sang Madada.
The 9th position was given to Finbar Andrews (Shortpree) with his song called “Mas which landed him 352 points, followed by Edison Mitchell “Ajamu” in tenth position with his song entitled “The last wave” on 346 points.
Keishon Hazzard known as “Squeezehead” in the soca business placed eleventh on 345 points with “Have to mash up,” followed by Jevaughn John (Lil Vaughn) in twelfth place doing “Titans” on 341 points.
Finley Jeffery(“Scholar) placed thirteenth on 336 points with a track entitled “Take Jab,” followed by Damion La Pompe (Pappi Boi) in fourteenth place with his number “Leave we alone” which earned him 328 points.
In fifteenth place was Kendel George “Ledneck” with a song called “Borm mad and bad” on 326 points, followed by Sheldon Douglas in sixteenth position on 325 with his rendition “Sample.”
Nelson Map known as “Mr Razer” came seventeenth with his tune “Change we say” which only managed to score 301 points.
In the Groovy soca competition, newcomer Dash stole the spotlight with his big hit, “No Company”.
Dash amassed a total of 431 points in the competition to dethrone the 2015 Groovy Monarch, Shortpree, who had to settle for third position with his rendition “Set the mood” on 415 points.
“It was a great experience finally reaching the big stage…It was a great performance and I want to say big up to the Most High and I want to congratulate my team…the performance was great” Dash told reporters following his performance.
“Look out for great music and big things…I am looking to hit the regional and international markets. I am marketing myself, so look out for great, top quality music (with) good clean lyrics,” he remarked after being crowned as the 2016 Groovy King.
Dash who is a diehard Bunji Garlin fan expressed hope that his win would deepen ties with the Trinidadian artiste.
The second position in the groovy competition went to another first timer Mandella Mc Donald (Mandella Linx) with his rendition “Power” on 422 points.
The fourth spot was occupied by Inspector with his rendition “Dotish list” on 400 points.
Hector Thomas “Mr. Legz” placed fifth with a song called “Bessie down” on 382 points. He was followed by Scholar on 380 points in sixth place with a song called “Coming inside.”
Placing seventh was Laura Richardson (Laura Lisa) with her rendition “Ah feeling a way.”
Valene Nedd placed eighth with a song entitled “Soca hit me” on 369 points, followed by Ajamu and Lesley Modeste “Brother B” tying for tenth position on 364 points with their renditions “Girls” and “Calling me name,” respectively.
Pappi boi placed eleventh on 362 points with his rendition “Doh Borrow”, while Kirton Roberts “Alma Boy” with a song entitled “Boom Boom bad oh” tied with Jermaine Simon “Superstar” with her rendition “Available” on 354 points in thirteenth place.