Five Bajan entertainers have made it through to the semi-finals of the International Trinidad Soca Monarch Competition. Those Barbadians advancing from over 230 entrants are reigning Party Monarch Peter Ram, King Bubba, Ian Webster, and Biggie Irie.
Webster told Bajan Vibes today: “It’s a great feeling; not only for myself, but also for the music that is being made in Barbados and the kind of talent that we have here. To have five Barbadians in the International Soca Monarch Semi-Finals speaks volumes of what we are doing here in terms of our music . . . .”
Webster, who placed second in the Sweet Soca Competition this year with his song All-Inclusive, entered that one along with his new song Incredible, a collaboration with Alison Hinds in the competition. He revealed he would be performing Incredible, come January 17.
“We are still in the planning stages and there’s a lot of work to do between now and January 17. But it will be an honour to represent Barbados on that stage,” he added
King Bubba, who placed second in the Party Monarch Competition last year, told Bajan Vibes he was in the studio working on some Crop Over 2016 music when he got the call he had advanced to the semis.
He said he was thoroughly excited and could not wait to be on stage.
“The feeling is great. I am excited. Trinis can expect pure hype. Pure King Bubba mash-up. I coming to really level Queen’s Park Savannah. I am putting everything in place.
“Congrats as well to the other Bajans making it. You have the first, second and third place from Party Monarch in there. Five Bajans up there; it’s going to be pretty interesting,” King Bubba said.
Hypasounds, who placed third in the Party Monarch, is also excited to be apart of the International Soca Monarch for the first time.
“I am looking forward to going and do my best and represent for the fans, the team and the country. Right now the Bajan soca is hitting heavy at Trini Carnival. The 246, we going in strong and we are doing our best,” he said.
It is extra special for Hypasounds, given that he is celebrating his tenth-year anniversary in the industry this year.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes from Trinidad, Hypasounds said he had entered both How She Like It and Sugar Rush in the competition, but was not yet sure which one he was going to perform at the semis.
Biggie Irie, who has been in the semi-finals of the International Soca Monarch over five times, told Bajan Vibes he was becoming accustomed to the feeling, but he still felt good having made it.
He said he had entered both Sweet Type Of Way and My Island, but would be performing the former.
“I’m a little hoarse at the moment. My throat is now getting back to normal after doing so many performances recently. My island is in a really high key; so it would be better for me to do Sweet Type Of Way,” Biggie said.
Peter Ram, who has also been a part of the semis already with Woman By My Side and Pumpin, told Bajan Vibes he was not feeling “any way at this point in time”.
“Been there before. I’m just in cruising mode. I know it’s not easy though. I have to work really hard on that stage; but I will put in the work and I will do my best,” he said.
If he reaches the finals, however, Ram said that would be when he would “do the cartwheels and so on”.
“To reach the finals is my aim, and I will work to get there,” he added.