On our weekly Super Soca Show (Ujima 98FM every Saturday 12-2pm in case you’d forgotten) we like to keep listeners up to date with the latest music and news from Carnivals across the Caribbean (though we have also covered Miami, Brooklyn, Notting Hill and of course St Pauls here in Bristol). With so many huge tunes coming out for Trinidad & Tobago carnival (and to some degree Dominica) we missed the first few of the year. So although we’ll do a little round up this week, I thought I’d give a little more information, and some of the relevant tunes, on here.

Montserrat Festival

Not to be confused with the St Patrick’s day week long festival that takes place on the ‘Emerald Isle of the Caribbean’, the island’s main Carnival celebrations happen at the end of December, though it culminates on January 1st’s ‘Jump Up Day’, which means it’s only fair to include it here. Here’s the winners from their main musical contests.

Calypso King Garnett “Sylk” Thompson
Queen of Queens Regional Female Calyspo Monarch Thalia King (Antigua)
Groovy Soca Monarch Trevon Pollard
Power Soca Monarch Woo and Nyne (Small Island)

Crucian Christmas

St Croix’s carnival climax is Three Kings Day, which took place on 5th January this year. Soca artists to play that day included Patrice Roberts, Ricardo Drue and King Bubba, as well as more local heroes such as Nikki Brooks and Spectrum Band, the 9 times Road March winners from St Thomas (the next island over). I’ve been trying hard to to find out the Soca Party Monarch winners, but can’t find the Groovy or the Jumpy artist who took the crown. If anyone can help me out please let me know and I’ll update the post. Previous Jumpy winner Adam O took the ‘People’s Choice’ award back to his current home of Atlanta, but the most impressive win comes from the Calypso Monarch – Caribbean Queen who took the title for the fourth time in a row.

Road March Blackest & The Fusion Band – Guh Head And Wuk Up
People’s Choice Award Adam O – Sexy Dance
Calypso Monarch Caribbean Queen
Groovy Monarch ?
Jumpy Monarch ?

Sugar Mas

The Calypso Monarch finals for the St Kitts & Nevis carnival were dominated by women, as for the first time ever ladies took all the top spots with Miss Independent taking the title for the second year in a row. Last year she was the first female to win the competition. Here’s the full run down of awards.

Calypso Monarch Winner Miss Independent
1st Runner Up Queen Diva
2nd Runner Up Charis D
3rd Runner Up Brown Sugar

Whilst the winning Soca representatives were…

Soca Monarch Rucas H.E
Road March The Small Axe Band – Get Jiggy Wid It

Which was the band’s sixth Road March in seven years!

I’ll try and keep on top of the other Carnivals as they come in but make sure you keep listening to the Super Soca Show where you’ll definite hear about them. If you’re not in Bristol (where Ujima can be found on 98FM) then you can listen online at plus we archive our shows on our Mixcloud.

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