The General and the Hypa Dog are kings of Bushy Park once again.
Edwin Yearwood has been crowned Sweet Soca Monarch for the second year running, while Lil Rick, who last won Party Monarch in 2007, convincingly reclaimed the title at the end of Sunday’s Soca Royale event, which attracted thousands for what organizers say was a record crowd attendance for the annual Crop Over show.
Singing I’z A Bajan, Lil Rick, who is affectionately known as Hypa Dog, earned a perfect score of 100 for his nation building song.
He told Barbados TODAY he came into the competition to win.
“I wrote this song specifically for this competition and I come to win. Last year was just about fun for me, but this year I come to take the crown,” the crowd favourite said. Mr Blood placed second with 62 points while defending monarch Peter Ram had to settle for third place with 58.
However, Sweet Soca Monarch Edwin proved that he was definitely The General on the night by holding on to his title, singing Home Sweet Home, despite stiff competition. He dedicated his win to his cousin, who he said was buried yesterday. In that competition, Damien Marvay was second with 78 points and Peter Ram third with 62 points.
However, Marvay copped a crown of his own on the night. He was adjudged Barbados Today’s Soca Champion in the competition in which the winner was chosen by an online voting audience.