Guyanese artiste, Jumo ‘Rubber Waist’ Primo has been named one of the contestants shortlisted to perform at the semifinals of the Chutney Soca Monarch in Trinidad and Tobago on January 9, 2016. His tune, ‘Off the Rocks’ was selected from a total of 150 songs that were screened by a judging panel.
The song is collaboration between him and Rikki Jai and has been creating some buzz. However, the 2016 leg has seen the largest number of entries for the Chutney Soca Monarch.
More than 150 selections were screened at a closed session on Monday, December 28, 2015.
Of the 150 screened, 49 songs were selected from both the Traditional and Chutney Soca formats, and these songs will now move to the Semi Final stage at the FunSplash Water Park in Debe, scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016.
This will be the first time in the 21-year history of Chutney Soca Monarch that the semifinal round is being held in Debe, South Trinidad.
Some notable new faces at the Semi Final round of Chutney Soca Monarch, crossing from the soca stages will be Destra, Third Bass, Terry Seales and R Raj Kumar of ‘Chromatics’ fame.
‘Team Raja’, made up of Rikki Jai and Ravi B, winners of last year’s Chutney Soca Monarch competition will not be defending their crown at this year’s competition. However, they have both entered as single acts.Both Rikki Jai and Ravi B will now be required to compete at all levels to qualify for the Grand Final. The 49 artistes selected in both the Traditional and Chutney Soca formats are:
Aaron Jewansingh, Dave Lall, Vanessa Ramoutar, Budram Holass, Rick Ramoutar, Navin Ramnanan, Reshma Ramlal, Sara Ali, Hemlatha Dindial, Kavita Ramkissoon, Drupatee Ramgoonai, Asha Kamachee, Rakesh Yankeran, Shiva Lakhan, Kavita Maharaj, Rt Butkoon, Rasika Dindial, Rooplal Girdharrie, Adesh Samaroo, Heeralal Rampartap, Omardath Maharaj, and Rawthee Ramroop
CHUTNEY SOCA FORMAT
Third Bass, Terry Seales and Soca Elvis, Ravi B, Jason Peru, Nishard M, KI Persad, Hitman, Richard Rajkumar, Vishan Mohammed, Jadel, Amit Sooknanan, O’neil Bhajman, Rikki Jai, Rooplal Girdharrie, Imran Beharry, Rt Butkoon, Rick Ramoutar, Jumo Primo, Reshma Ramlal, Kenneth Supersad, Crazy, Destra and Drupatee, Kenneth Salick, Hunter, Adesh Samaroo, Veekash Sahadeo, and Omardath Maharaj.