Before a large crowd at Durban Park, soca star Jumo Primo trampled his way to the 592 Soca Monarch Crown early on Sunday morning, making it the 4th time that he has won the competition.
During his performance, Jumo appeared on stage in a wheelchair for “healing” as real-life Pastor and Gospel Singer Kester D, ministered to the audience and commanded Jumo to rise up, be healed and go forward and trample them.
From there, Jumo threw aside his crutches and danced and sang his way to the soca monarch crown, dethroning last year’s Monarch Brandon Harding.
In his performance of the song “Trample”, Jumo sang about being put down and needed to get back up. The song was a popular one among the audience as he brought his dancers out and belted out the hit.
Jumo ended his winning performance by bringing out a group of special needs young adults to encourage the audience to share love to them too and not discriminate against persons who might be different.
Placing second for a second year in the competition was reigning Chutney Monarch, Stephen Ramphal whose song “The Same”, left him in the same position like last year. Ramphal pulled off a good performance and had the crowd support as he sang his love and unity theme in his tribute to soca music.
Vanilla placed 3rd with her tribute to 592. It was another year of the crown slipping away from the veteran in the soca monarch competition. Dressed in gold and white and singing and dancing throughout her performance, Vanilla was able to grab the crowd’s attention as she introduced herself as “592”.
Real-life Policeman, Vintage, placed 4th in the competition. Last year he placed 3rd during his debut performance.
His performance was considered one of the good ones of the night, but a whining traffic cop and his message to show more love to the police were not enough to get him the crown. His performance was well received and many patrons believed he should have been placed higher.
Among those left out of the top 4 were two-time monarch Brandon Harding, Lil Red, Diana Chapman, Kady Kish and Lisa Banton. They all gave good performances but were unable to break into the top four spots.
The Soca Monarch walked away with a $2 Million cheque compliments of the Government of Guyana and Ansa McAl Limited.