LOOP: Antiguan artistes showed up and showed out on the Party Monarch stage on Saturday night much to the delight of the hundreds of patrons in attendance.
The island’s best Soca artistes competed in two categories, groovy and jumpy, which is known in other parts of the region as the power category.
Each artiste had ten minutes to impress not only the judges but the mammoth crowd gathered at the Recreational Ground for the popular event.
Fans at last evening’s Soca Monarch Finals.
It was a tough decision for the judges as each of the artistes put on a remarkable show.
Antiguan Soca queen, Claudette Peters, emerged victorious in the groovy category following her performance of “Stress Less”.
During her performance, she issued an appeal for traditional characters to be re-introduced to Antigua and Barbuda carnival.
“We definitely need to bring back the old mas into our carnival. We’re losing it, we can not afford to lose it. I’ve travelled all over the world and they must make sure you leave knowing what their culture is all about. Tonight I’m telling the government of Antigua and Barbuda to put old mas back into our carnival.”
Soca veteran Tian Winter came in second with his rendition of “Baddest” while the 2019 Groovy Monarch, Menace XL, came in third Brave.
Finalist at Antigua and Barbuda Soca Monarch finals.
Tian Winter performing at last evening’s Soca Monarch Finals.
Claudette Peters giving her winning performance of Stressless.
At 1:25 am, the performances had to pause due to technical difficulties. It was later revealed that a generator burnt out.
In the Jumpy category, artistes pulled out all the stops with many delivering theatrical performances that further ignited the crowd.
Lyricksman was crowned Jumpy Monarch after his performance of “How Ma Sound”.
Menace XL came second with “Dutty Jam” and Tian Winter rounded off the top three with his performance of “Inside”.
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