At the center is soca artist Delly Ranks, who is being accused of copying another tune from the region.
When contacted for a comment on the issue, Delly Ranks explained to MyVueNews.com that ‘Whoops’ is a cultural collaboration between himself and a popular Nevisian string band.
“The song is a wonderful cultural collaboration between myself and the Sugar Hill string band, and it’s sad that some will go the extra mile to tarnish the parties and people involved.” insisted Delly
Ranks created history in Nevis when he was crowned winner of both the groovy and power soca monarch segments. However, days after his win, reports on social media, including Facebook and major local radio station talkshows, were saying that Ranks’ song, ‘Whoops’, bore similarities to Tobagonian Lord Nelson’s ‘Leh We Oops’.
Being the most popular song of the festival ‘Whoops’ was also adjudged Road March, giving Delly Ranks and the Kore Band another big win for 2016.
‘Whoops’ received 899 points, while the Odisi Band copped the 2nd spot with 871 points.
Delly Ranks said that he will like to express thanks to his fans who have over the years given their love and support.
“I just want to say to my fans, I will always keep good music coming all year round, and I promise to make them proud,” said Delly, adding, “Thanks for all the support you give me each year.”
Other street parade winners were the St James’ Fun Lovers whose ‘Untamed Birds of Paradise’ won the prize for having the best troupe with 579 points. In 2nd place was the Four Seasons Resort’s 25 years of celebration with 557 points. Coming in at 3rd place with 545 points was Royal Rampage’s Solar Enchantment.