As part of its mandate to support Grenada’s culture, the National Lotteries Authority (NLA) has donated a total of EC$15,000.00, equally distributed to the three (3) artistes representing Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique in the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.
Among the beneficiaries is Cultural Ambassador, Wilt “Tallpree” Cambridge, past Soca Monarch and Road Monarch, also known widely as the Jab-Jab King.
Cambridge received EC$5,000.00 from the authority on February 24 before departing for Trinidad. Tallpree has made it to the finals of the International Groovy-Soca Monarch Competition, and will be competing alongside some of Trinidad’s top performers, all aiming to dethrone the reigning Machel Montano.
He will perform “Jab Nation” on Fantastic Friday Night (February 28) and is no stranger to the big stage having made it to the finals 7 times before on the twin-island.
Likewise, in the International Soca Monarch Competition, past Soca Monarch, Groovy-Soca Monarch and Road Monarch, the electrifying Hollice “Mr. Killa” Mapp will be performing his hit track called “Rolly Polly” on the big stage, with the aim of dethroning the reigning double-kings: Machel Montano and Super Blue.
Mr. Killa also received EC$5,000.00 from the NLA towards assisting with his expenses while promoting Grenada’s culture in Trinidad and Tobago.
The reigning Soaca Monarch and Road Monarch – Jalon “Boyzie” Olive, although not in any of the final competitions, was treated the same way by the NLA.
He received EC$5,000.00 towards his expenditure while in Trinidad, representing the Spice Isle. Boyzie had entered the International Soca Monarch Competition but wasn’t selected for the finals with his winning song: “Mas Everywhere”.
According to NLA’s General Manager, Geoffrey Gilbert, “The National Lotteries Authority is extremely delighted to lend its support to these outstanding champions of our unique culture. Continue striving for excellence through hard work and dedication to the art form. Success is surely within your grasp!”
During the month of February, the NLA would also be supporting the Carriacou and Petite Martinique Carnival.