Barbadian soca artist HypaSounds has booked a spot in the finals of the International Soca Monarch 2016 after taking Trinidad and Tobago by storm with his popular CropOver hit How She Like It following Sunday’s semi-finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah.
The delighted performer told Barbados TODAY it was just reward for his hard work over the years.
“I feel good…I feel sugary. It’s a great feeling. It was really emotional. Some tears came to my eyes because I know the struggles I’ve been through. This is my tenth anniversary and everything is coming together.
“Keep me in your prayers. Keep the vibes positive. As the only Bajan in the competition I will keep that flag up and do what I have to do, ” he said.
HypaSounds will face seasoned performers including Shurwayne Winchester, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx and Patrice Roberts who have all qualified in the final set for Fantastic Friday.
Barbadian Party monarch and Road March King Peter Ram is also eyeing the two remaining spots in the finals.
He is among four wildcards that will compete via public voting to gain their place.
The 18 finalists are as follows–
1 Aaron St Louis – Voice
2 Adrian Hackshaw – Third Bass
3 Akeem Chance – Preedy
4 Akil Borneo- 5 Star Akil
5 Damian Etienne- Hypasounds
6 Darryl Henry – Farmer Nappy
7 Devon Martin – Lyrikal
8 Dexter Stewart – Blaxx
9 Jason, Prince, Shaquill, Kevin Phillip, Andrews, Jones, Cudjoe Cloud 5
10 Nesta Boxill- Sekon Sta
11 Patrice Roberts- Patrice Roberts
12 Ricardo Barriteau – Ricardo Drue
13 Ronny Boyce – Pternsky
15 Samraj Jaimungal – Rikki Jai
16 Shurwayne Winchester- Shurwayne Winchester
17 Stephenson Marshall- Shal marshall
18 Teddyson John
The wildcard artistes are as follows:
1 Kernal Roberts- Kernal Roberts
2 Peter Wiggins –Peter Ram
3 Sherwin Jeremiah m1 – Mennace
4 Terrin Callender – Jaiga
Three other Barbadians artistes – Biggie Irie, Iweb and King Bubba had competed in the semifinals.