Soca legends win Trinidad Road March title

Trinidadian soca performer Machel Montano, right with microphone, sings during the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival grand parade in Toronto.
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Two soca legends Machel Montano and Austin “Superblue” Lyons have captured the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Road March title.

Their collaboration “Soca Kingdom” was played 336 times compared to Iwer George’s “Savannah” followed by Patrice Roberts’ Sweet Fuh So.”

Machel has now won the Road March title nine times, surpassing Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) who has eight wins.

SuperBlue is now a 10-time Road March winner with this collaboration and he is tied with the grandmaster, Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts).

Meanwhile Ronnie & Cairo did it again this year, scoring a hat-trick with their presentation, Life’s Checkered Board,” to capture the 2018 Large Band of the Year title.

The band also captured its fifth Large Band title for Downtown (Port of Spain) competition.

Speaking to the media after McIntosh said when the band started in 2008 the aim was not to win titles but to provide an unforgettable experience for its players.

In the Medium Band category K2K Alliance and Partners with their portrayal We Stand United took first place, while Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra placed second with the Peter-Minshall-designed The Eyes of God.

In the other major competitions, Aron Voice St Louis’ won the International Soca Monarch competition on Fantastic Friday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain while Helon Francis is the new 2018 National Calypso Monarch.

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