Voice, 2017 International Soca Monarch Champion with his song Far from finished
Voice, 2017 International Soca Monarch Champion with his song "Far from finished". Photo courtesy Soca News

International Soca Monarch 2017

The Friday before Carnival, dubbed Fantastic Friday, is the date of the annual International Soca Monarch  (ISM) finals. It is viewed also as the unofficial start of the festive Carnival weekend. International Soca Monarch  has become a staple of the Carnival season with performers from around the world vying for the crown. This edition of the International Soca Monarch finals saw participants from Antigua, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, New York, St Lucia and Barbados.

Friday February 25, 2017 marked 25th installment of this event, which was held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. It was aired live both locally and internationally. The winner receives $500,000; the second place prize is $250,000, while the third place prize is $150,000. Those who place fourth to 22nd receive $50,000. There is also the Carib Breakout artiste who receives $50,000.

Here are the top four positions of  International Soca Monarch 2017:

1st. Aaron “Voice” St Louis (Repeat International Soca Monarch /Winner) – Far from finished

2nd. Orlando Octave – Single

3rd. Devon Matthews – D Journey

4th. Iwer George – Take Ah Bathe

Voice, during his 2016 International Soca Monarch performance of the song Winner.
Voice, during his 2016 International Soca Monarch performance of the song Winner. Photo courtesy International Soca Monarch Facebook page


Full list of International Soca Monarch  finalists:

1 Tizzy – Pumping Iron

2 Linky First – Rock Come In

3 Nailah – Workout

4 Kernal Roberts – Shake

5 GBM Nutron – Calypso

6 Devon Matthews – D Journey

7 Ravi B – Budget

8 Farmer Nappy – Technically

9 Lyrikal – Jammin Sake

10 Ricardo Drue – I.D. Nation

11 Teddyson John – No Code

12 Marvay – Know The Face

13 Patrice Roberts – Big Girl Now

14 Shal Marshall –  Famous

15 Asten Isaac – Rum Friends

16 Peter Ram – Good Morning

17 Iwer George – Take Ah Bathe

18 Blaxx – Ranking Ting

19 Terri Lyons – I Am Lion

20 Orlando Octave – Single

21 Voice – Far From Finished

22 Sekon Sta – Kings and Queens

February 2017 – www.sweettntmagazine.com

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