Almost was a double coronation for Mr. Hype

It almost was a double crowning on Thursday night, for Mr. Hype, when the 2021 Soca Monarch Finals was hosted.

Had he mustered just another three (3) points, he would have equaled the score attained by Nicha B, and with one additional mark, he could have been Soca King for both the Groovy and Power segments. However, he walked away feeling pretty much satisfied with victory in the Power, and First Runner up in the Groovy.

However, that “almost” reality did not, in any way, cast a shadow of doubt on the remarkable performance delivered by the Groovy King, Nicha B.

Carnival in St.Kitts this year, will not only be remembered for its attainment of 50 years but most deservedly for the hype and energy generated by the fun and vibe at the various competitions.

This was quite evident on Thursday night, 23rd December,  when the Soca Monarch Competition was held at Carnival Village.

When the curtains closed on the Groovy and Power segments of the contest, two former Soca champions emerged as winners in their respective categories.

It was an exhilarating performance from the veteran Nicha B, that secured his place as the new Groovy Soca Monarch. His presentation of the song-We Miss Dat, (meaning Sugar Mas), recounted the wonderful experiences of St. Kitts & Nevis Carnival, that were not possible in 2020 and again in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nicha B production on stage was a Kaleidoscope of colour reminiscent of Parade Day, featuring folklore, such as the Bull and Masquerade, costumes, steel bands, and even a tourist capturing the unique carnival moments.

Nicha B stamped his dominance from the moment he entered the stage. When he sang the first lines of lyrics, it was clear he came for ‘trouble’ and that it would be a performance to be remembered. “Oh ah miss, ah miss how we does party, have fun with everybody and touchdown every party…”

The song captured all the fun, excitement and features of carnival that were denied these past two years when there was no Sugar Mas. The sweetness of the J’ouvert Morning session, downtown Basseterre, also was relived on stage.

Nicha B proved that it takes more than having a great song to win. It requires a strong performance. And he delivered just that.

On his way to the coronation, Nicha B took 407 points, with Mr. Hype amassing 404, to capture the First Runner-up spot, while Rucas H.E. (the defending King), had to settle for Second Runner-up, on 400 points.

2021 – 2022 GROOVY SOCA WINNER

King: NICHA B -We Miss Dat (407 points)

1st runner up Mr. Hype – Marry You (404 points)

2nd runner up: Rucas H.E. – We Inna Da (400 points)

The Power segment of the Soca Monarch bacchanal was just as entertaining and after the appearance of Mr. Hype, the whispers grew louder that he was on his way to securing another crown, with his song “Bubble”.

Hype used the song to focus on the unique celebration and partying that is associated with J’ouvert Morning in St. Kitts, but were not possible, due to COVID-19 in 2020.

But he also played on the style of the announcement made by the Carnival Committee, when it said in November, that due to the Coronavirus, J’ouvert in 2021, would have to be staged in a bubble.

He used the song to make the case to local authorities that they should not, this year, deny the people of their J’ouvert jam, because “We had CPL in a Bubble, we could have carnival in a bubble…we had de tourist in a bubble, we could have carnival in a bubble. Blocked off de beach in a bubble. We could have carnival in a bubble and watch de gal dem bubble.”

His message was clear, “we need carnival and J’ouvert, in particular,”

Hype advocated in the song that the “de people dem fed up and stressed out. We wear mask all day, all month (and) all year, but still, you take de mas.” A beautiful play on the words Mas and Mask.

The audience too related to the song, knowing that the issues he was singing about were exactly the life they have had to live for almost two years.

The Bubble gave him a total of 438 points, separating him from T Bone, who led the pack, coming out of the Elimination stages of the contest, but was not able to defend that lead on the final show.

T Bone scored 390 points for his First Runner-up position, while Dejour tallied 385 to gain his Second Runner-up position.

2021 – 2022 POWER SOCA MONARCH WINNERS:

King: MR HYPE – Bubble (438 points)

1st runner up T Bone – Task Force (390 points)

2nd runner up Dejour – Alpha (385 points)

The show was well supported by the many fans who were happy to see the return of the Soca Monarch Competition to the carnival calendar.

Next up on the carnival line-up will be Bubble J’ouvert on Monday, 27th December, starting at 4:00 p.m. at Carnival Village.

Featured Image – L-R: Mr Hype performing his winning song for the Power section, ‘Bubble’, Nicha B performing his winning song for the Groovy section, ‘We Miss Dat’.

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