PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad CMC – Machel Montano walked away with the two million dollar (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) first prize in the International Soca Monarch competition on Saturday as Carnival celebrations continue in Trinidad and Tobago.
Montano, who last year shared the multi-million dollar prize with “Super Blue” Austin Lyons, overcame stiff competition from the Grenadian artiste, Hollice “Mr Kill@” Mapp whose popular tune “Rolly Polly”, was good enough for a three-way tie in second position.
Mapp tied with the Trinidadian artistes Destra Garcia and Newil Iwer George who sang “Mash UP” and “Mama Oye” respectively.
In the Groovy section of the competition, Kerwin Du Bois swept aside Montano, the defending champion into second position with his tune “Too Real”, while Montano sang “Happiest Man Alive”.
Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry placed third with his tune “Big People Party” while Garcia took the fourth position with her tune “First Time”.
The International Soca Monarch competition dubbed “Fantastic Friday”, saw participants from Barbados, Grenada and as far as Japan.