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Machel Montano did it "Like ah Boss" when
he copped the Lotto Plus International Power
Monarch for the fourth consecutive time.
This victory brought the curtains down on
Montano s successful competitive career.
Montano had announced his retirement from
competition only a few weeks ago.
After three hours of waiting, the mostly unre-
sponsive crowd came alive when Monk Monte
(Montano) came on stage.
While monks are associated with calm and
serenity, the reigning soca monarch defending
champion was anything but, and the crowd
responded in kind. Dressed in gold and red and
emerging from a race car Montano captivated
the audience from start to finish.
The crowd transformed from people to trum-
pets mimicking on command the brass sounds
of his hit "Like Ah Boss". Montano who was
poked fun at by Neil "Iwer" George focused all
his attention on singing rather than taking jabs
at his opponents. At the end of the night Mon-
tano showed he did it like a boss and collected
the $2 million cheque to prove it.
Compared to Montano, first runner-up
George s presentation was tame. George, who
did not have the crowd response he was accus-
tomed to, left the stage atop a truck flanked by
During his performance he had a masquerader
and a queen with him while he himself was
outfitted in a carnival costume. Gold and black
to be exact.
Nearing the end of his performance he told
the crowd Montano had been winning ever
since the Government came to power in 2010
and if the self-professed King George didn t
win this year, next year under the PNM he
would surely take first prize.
By the beginning of the next Carnival, elec-
tions would have gone and George will either
have prophesied or lied. In the meantime, he
had to play mas with his second prize.
One of the favourites this year, making her
debut in the competition and placing third was
local comedienne Nikki Crosby.
Crosby, dressed as her comical character
Granny, belted out her original and very creative
hit with confidence. At one point during the
performance, "Granny" declared that the com-
petition was really between her and Montano---
a statement that fired up the spectators some
Shurwayne Winchester placed fourth.
Dressed in a golden suit and hat and
seated on a throne of shimmering gold,
soca artiste Olatunji Yearwood began his
performance exuding confidence that he
would win the Digicel Groovy Soca
Monarch even before results were
announced hours later giving confirma-
Before Yearwood even began his perform-
ance, lighting up a darkened stage, the crowd
at the Hasely Crawford stadium began chant-
ing his name, a compliment only one other
artiste in the competition, Destra Garcia,
Yearwood, who many said faced stiff com-
petition from artistes with hugely popular
songs throughout the Carnival season, easily
took command of the stage and delivered a
performance that was high energy, enter-
taining and filled with dance routines which
thrilled the crowd and left them shouting
the shortened version of his name, which
was incidentally the name of his song, Ola.
It was clear to even the most novice of
soca fans that Yearwood, who performed
last in the Groovy Monarch competition,
had separated himself from the pack, leaving
a wide gap which no one could close.
When the results were announced, Year-
wood, who had said thanks to both his moth-
er and father on stage, was swiftly embraced
by actress Penelope Spencer and actress and
comedienne Nikki Crosby and they all cried
The two were close friends of Yearwood s
mother Mairoon Ali, who was also a come-
dienne and actress and who died in 2009.
Spencer looked to the sky and shouted
Mairoon s name three times and Crosby said
she was at a loss for words.
As for Yearwood, he said the win was a
blessing and victory for his mother and
father and that he was grateful to both par-
Oyez, Oyez, Ola!
...Olatunji grooves his way to first Soca Monarch title
Iwer George performs Play Ah Mas in the Lotto Plus Power Soca Monarch where he captured second place at the Hasely Crawford
Stadium, Port-of-Spain, early yersterday morning. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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