The hard work now begins for Biggie Irie.
It was announced last night that he was named in the 2014 Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch Final in Trinidad and Tobogo with his 2013 Crop Over hit Need Ah Riddim.
Moreover the Broken Trident will be represented more strongly because local producers De Red Boyz (Scott Galt and Michael Hulsmeier) also have productions in the February 28 final.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY this morning, Biggie said he was feeling good about the results, but stressed there was no time to celebrate just yet, because the work had only now begun.
Biggie said the Groovy Soca was more than just a competition, and that to beat reigning monarch Machel Montano, who was always known to bring a show within a show, one had to “come good”. So for this reason, the former International Groovy Soca Monarch is seeking the support of the Barbadian public to ensure that he has as good a chance to win the competition as any other contestant.
Last year at the Sweet Soca competition, Biggie placed second with Need Ah Riddim and he wanted to take the same team to the Trinidad final, but he needed financial assistance.
He said: “I would love to take down the crew that I worked with at Bushy Park. It is a good team and I think we did a good presentation, and with a few improvements it will be better. We are now trying to see what help we can get from corporate Barbados to assist. The [National Cultural Foundation] helps a bit, and so does Brydens & Stokes; but we are going to need more help.”
Between today and Friday, he said he would continue to push to get more help, but knowing the next couple weeks will be hectic in terms of preparing himself for the actual competition, he just really wanted to concentrate on his singing and giving a good show.
“[L]ast night when I heard, it was like a weight lifted off [my] shoulder. You never know what’s going to happen. Even though I believed my performance on Sunday night was good, you never know until the final is announced. When I got the news I was relieved and happy.
“The song is a good song and the song got in there on its own merit. Some people will have their favourites and would have hoped they reached the final, but with the support of the Barbadian public behind me, I think we can be successful again. We [De Red Boyz] already have some surprises in store with the arrangements and I plan to represent Barbados like I have never represented Barbados before,” he said as he urged Barbadians to go out and support the entire Bajan posse.
De Red Boyz’s Scott Galt, who was back to work in the studio today after receiving the news was as well proud of Biggie. If Destra, another finalist performs their composition First Time, they will have a total of three in the final –– including Biggie’s and Farmer Nappy’s Big People Party.
This isn’t the first time De Red Boyz have had productions in the finals. Since Biggie’s win in 2007 with Nah Goin Home, they have made an appearance almost every year. Nevertheless, Galt said they were once again very excited but not overly because they too wanted to wait until the final to really celebrate.
Also in the finals will be Kerwin Dubois, Saucy, Skinny Fabulous, Tallpree, Cassi, Mr Famous, Ravi B and Erphaan Alves.