“I will be defending my crown come Fantastic Friday.”
That’s the promise coming from three-time Soca Monarch Jalon ‘Boyzie’ Olive, who also revealed in an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY on Tuesday, his intention to contest the groovy title, currently held by Shondell ‘Dash’ Amada.
“I am not really the Groovy type of person. I am known for power soca but I will be touching the groovy this year – everyone wants to see me in there. So hopefully I will be in the finals. So big up to my partner Dash,” he said.
The three-time soca monarch has already released four songs for the year including ‘Chip,’ ‘Challenge,’ ‘Jab, Jab uniform,’ and is also featured in a song called “Jab in Dey” in collaboration with Trinidadian artiste, Erphann Alves.
“I have heard a couple of great songs for the year,” Boyzie said in commenting on songs already released for the upcoming carnival season in August.
He felt that the season is about to get in “high gear” and mentioned “Sandman,” who he said really started off on a good note with a song called, ‘Wink eye’ and Little Natty and Thunda with ‘Dash it.’
The 22-year-old, who hails from the historical parish of St. Patrick is hopeful that 2017 will turn out to be a big year for him.
Boyzie, became the first OECS Soca Monarch in 2016 but failed in his attempt in March to defend the title in a show held at Montserrat.
“It was definitely a great competition….being the first to win the OECS Soca Monarch is always great for you and for your country, because I went out there to represent Grenada”, he said.
“Even though I didn’t take it (the title) this year, it was a great competition nevertheless,” he added.
Earlier this year, Boyzie along with Dash participated in the International Soca Monarch in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, but only made it to the Semi-final round.
“We went out there and just gave it our best shot,” said Boyzie, adding, “I believe anything you do, once you are representing your country you have to give it your all and we actually went out there and gave it full hundred even though we only made it to the semi-finals,” he said.
The two monarchs from the Spice Isle performed their winning selections from last year’s national competitions, ‘Bullzeye’ and ‘No Company,’ respectively.
Boyzie is planning his first official ‘jab Jab style’ fete carded for June 3 on the site of the Break Water project in Downtown Sauteurs, next to Kenny Lalsingh’s store, where he will also be shooting a video for one of his songs named ‘Jab Jab uniform.’
The artiste encouraged everyone to have a safe and enjoyable 2017 Carnival season.