Veteran calypsonian Red Plastic Bag believes this year’s Soca Royale competition will be very keenly contested.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes last weekend on the sidelines of Soca On De Hill, RPB said he believes some great songs are heading to Bushy Park, making it hard to predict a clear winner.
“I think that it is going to be a keenly contested Soca Royale in both sides of the competition. The Party Monarch competition, in my opinion, is going to be very wide open,” the 10-times calypso monarch and equally successful songwriter said.
“The Sweet Soca competition, in my opinion, has about five songs in there that can actually come to the top. It comes down to how good the performance is on the day, how impactful the performance is on the day and how strong it is. I know the fellas are rearing to go. I know they are going to go out there, and do their best,” ‘Bag’ added.
While he no longer competes in Pic-O-De-Crop and has opted out of this year’s Soca Royale, RPB still believes that he has found the formula for creating the music that the people love to hear.
“I think I have been around long enough to realize what people respond to. People want to hear good music. They like story lines as well, they like songs that can be easily followed and understood,” he explained
“They like to relate to the songs. You have to listen to the people and understand what they want to hear.”
With a hit in “I Love It” for this year’s Crop Over season, RPB will not be at the Bushy Park this year to witness the competition as he has engagements overseas. However, he expressed delight at seeing the standard of soca music improving and has high hopes of seeing it go even further.
“I think soca music is growing. I can’t wait to see it go mainstream but I think we are on the right track with the groovy songs. But we need a lot more songs coming through. We need to go over that hump,” he added.
RPB lauded Soca on De Hill as one of the premier events on the Crop Over calendar and said he was looking forward to the event growing even more.
“Most people in Barbados who are into feting and soca music come to (Soca on de Hill) and have fun. I am happy to see people supporting it and showing their love for music. I hope it continues to grow. Who knows one day it may outgrow the venue. But so far it is going great,” RPB said.