22-year-old St. Patrick resident, Boyzie has dethroned 3-time Soca Monarch Kings Kellon and Kelson Ogiste “Luni Spark and Electrify” in the 2015 LIME/SMC Power Soca Monarch competition held at the National Stadium last Friday night.
Boyzie topped the judge’s list with his hit song entitled “Battalians,” on 433 points. This is the 2nd time he has won the Soca Monarch title.
He won before a massive audience as scores of soca and groovy fans turned out at the stadium on what was dubbed Fantastic Friday to witness the performances of their favourite artistes.
Boyzie came on the scene in 2012, becoming the youngest artiste to make it into the finals. That year he took the 2nd spot in the national competition with his track “Born Troublesome.” In 2014, he won the crown with another of his hit tracks entitled “Mass Everywhere.”
In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper following what can be described as an energetic performance of the 2015 winning tune “Battalions,” Boyzie expressed satisfaction with the execution of the song.
“Everything went down as planned,” he declared.
“It was an energetic performance from start to end. We just went out there and do what we came out to do…we do best,” he said.
Boyzie is expected to tour Toronto, Canada and several states in the United States within the coming weeks.
Making his debut in the national competition was Javis “Muddy” Cuffie, who came in 2nd with the song, “Cranial disease.”
“I thought my performance was on point,” an elated Muddy told reporters following the show.
Muddy, who hails from the parish of St. David expressed happiness with the crowd response to his performance, especially as this was his first on the big stage.
Placing 3rd was another St. David’s resident, Keishon “Squeezehead” Hazzard, who was a force to be reckoned with his song , “Call the police.”
Veteran calypsonian, Elimus “Inspector” Gilbert who topped the judges list in both the preliminaries and semi-final rounds of the competition occupied the 4th position.
“It was very tough…when I look at the other guys – the Boyzie and the Muddy just to name a few, they were excellent and they had better crowd response than me and everything,” the St. Patrick’s resident told THE NEW TODAY in an interview before the results were called.
The outgoing Kings (Luni Spark and Electrify), who were looking forward to breaking the 3-time Monarchy tie they currently share with Sheldon Douglas, Elvyn “Zingo Alexander and Hollice “Mr Killa” Mapp were unable to successfully defend the crown with their rendition “Hand Grenade” and had to settle for the 5th position with 390 points.
They were followed by Finber “Short Pree” Andrew in 6th position with his song entitled “Ah bundle ah wood” on 360 points, Zingo placed 7th, singing “Jab Jab Banana” on 357 points and he was followed by Dingaan & Nyelon Henry & Williams – Little Natty and Thunder with their tune “Wuss Mass” on 349 points.
Kennedy Mapp tied with Shem & Sheldon Hastick & George – “Loose Cannon” for 9th position on 345 points, followed by Dave “Boogie B” Peters in 11th position on 341 points, Damion La Pompe – Pappy Boi in 12th on 334 points, Shem “Terror Kid” Bernard in 13th on 332 points.
Kelvin “Otis” Celestine took the 14th position on 330 points, followed by Jermaine “Super Star” Simon (327 points), and Rohan Original Rythm Mix Alexander in 16th place on 316 points.
In the Groovy Monarch competition, Finber “Short Pree” Andrew retained his title after a splendid performance on Friday night.
“This is awesome” declared the reigning Groovy Monarch who held onto his crown with the song, “Dis Mass.” Short Pree topped the judges’ list on 418 points.
Speaking to reporters after receiving the Crown for the second consecutive year, the entertainer who hails from the sister Isle of Carriacou said he had “no doubt at all” that he was going to win.
“This win, probably means as much as the first one…I think the judges got it right. The presentation was awesome, Grenada was well displayed…I am at a lost for words.”
Short Pree, who would be leaving the island next week Wednesday to tour New York City then Miami and London for performances, has won the Groovy title on 2 previous occasions and with this win has become the first artiste to win the title on 3 occasions.
He said the plan going forward is to “represent Grenada, making sure that after Carnival Spicemas doesn’t finish.”
He said he is going out there “to spread Grenada’s good music” with anticipation that “next year would be even bigger than this year.”
Placing second was veteran entertainer Elimus “Inspector” Gilbert, who has won every title except the groove.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY before the results were called, The Inspector, who is celebrating his 30th year in the music industry this year expressed satisfaction with the delivery of his rendition, ‘Razor Blade.”
He had expressed great anticipation that he was going to win this year’s Groovy title, however, he place second on 405 points.
The Power Soca Monarch King Boyzie came 3rd on 400 points with his rendition “Last time.”
Seven time Calypso Monarch Findley “Scholar” Jeffrey came 4th with his song, “Doh take chance” on 395 points. He was followed in 5th place by Valene Nedd who was making her debut in competition on the big stage with her rendition, “In my dreams.”.
The singing duo Kellon and Kelson Ogiste “Luni Spark and Electrify” placed 6th with their song Power of Soca on 381 points.
The 6th place went to reigning Calypso Monarch, Edison “Ajamu” Mitchell with his rendition, “Ah Wonder,”, followed by Jevaughn “Lil Vaughn” John in 7th place, with the tune, “Throw back” which landed him 373 points.
Kelly “Rootsman” Clyne came 8th, followed by Allan “Allan G” Gaskin and Grillanno “Jamel” Joseph who tied for 10th position, while Carriacou’s Jermaine “Super Star” Simon tied with Teddon “Teddy Rhymes” Mark for the 12th position.
This year’s event commenced later than planned after 9.00 p.m. and went into the early hours of Saturday.
There was no plastic bottle throwing as done in previous years by members in the audience after the results for both shows was called.
Every one seemed to be satisfied with the results as deliberated upon by this year’s judges at the National Power and Groovy Monarch competitions.