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Marvay: No.2 is great

by NATANGA SMITH

THE HEATED DEBATE on social media and radio airwaves that first-timer Damian Marvay was hard done in the Sweet Soca competition yesterday morning isn’t being endorsed by the singer.

“I feel great to place second. I have no qualms coming second to Edwin Yearwood. Zero.

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Damian Marvay during his performance Sunday night at Soca Royale. When asked how he felt about placing second he said: “I accept the decisions and move forward.” (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

Bajan Pride

by YVETTE BEST

EDWIN SCORED A two-peat and Lil Rick his first title at Bushy Park when they took the two titles up for grabs at the MQI/98.1 The One Soca Royale in the wee hours of this morning.

Interestingly, both sang patriotic songs paying tribute to the island’s 50th year of Independence.

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In Winners row: Mikey hugs Lil Rick the new Party Monarch King while last year’s winner Peter Ram holds his trophy as Sweet Soca King Edwin Yearwood who successfully defended his title looks on.( Picture by Nigel Browne)

De MC and Summa’s time

by YVETTE BEST

WHEN HIS STORY is told in the Barbershop or at any other happy occasion like a birthday, the record will show that Chad De MC Montplaisir led from the front.

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Something to smile about: Junior calypso monarchs Chad De MC Montplaisir (left) and Summa Sargeant. (Picture by Insight Digital)

Ram feels more love at Junior Kadooment

by JAVA SEALY

FOR REIGNING Party Monarch Peter Ram, Grand Kadooment can take a leaf out of Junior Kadooment’s book.

Speaking to the SUNDAY SUN outside the National Stadium yesterday during the grand event, Ram said the environment of Junior Kadooment was much more loving than that of Grand Kadooment.

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Peter Ram with sisters Toshelle Foster (right) and younger sister Arielle Cumberbatch. (Picture by Reco Moore)

Slow pace of bands ‘not good enough’

by JAVA SEALY

THE BANDS were coming out too slow.

This was the consensus among some parents, band leaders and even some kiddies at yesterday’s Junior Kadooment and Fair, in association with Barbados Lumber Company and Nicholls Bakery at the National Stadium.

Complaints were aplenty at every hour of the day at the event which started just after 9 a.m., with parents being especially annoyed because of the long wait to see their children.

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Parents and other onlookers admiring these two young revellers Dashawn Harding (left) and Ayana Reid from the band Fifth Element as they paraded along Stadium Road. (Picture by Reco Moore)

West happy to be back

by JAVA SEALY

VETERAN BANDLEADER Betty West was glad to be back after a three-year hiatus from producing a Junior Kadooment band.

West, a bandleader for 25 years, was enjoying herself among her band members yesterday, although admitting that this year was tiring for her.

“I’ve grown away, but I’ve gathered some children back together … and I’m absolutely exhausted,” she said.

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Betty West (hands aloft) is glad to be back after a three-year break. (Picture by Reco Moore)

High numbers for Kadooment, Foreday

by RACHELLE AGARD

THIS YEAR’S Crop Over Festival has seen a record high number of registrations for Grand Kadooment and Foreday Morning.

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley made this revelation while speaking at the unveiling of an artist’s display at Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael, yesterday.

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Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley. (FILE)

Small’s big win

FOR A SECOND time, bandleader Kevin Small has played his cards right.

His kiddies band Fifth Element has claimed the Best Junior Band title in this year’s Junior Kadooment and Fair.

The band, which was themed We Playin’ De Right Cards, and its 130 masqueraders dominated the National Stadium yesterday.

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Ayana Reid of Fifth Element in the costume Spring Garden On Fire parading before the judges yesterday at the National Stadium. (Picture by Sandy Pitt.)

All eyes on Ram and Edwin

by TONI YARDE

DOUBLE THE TIME; double the energy; double the effort and double the expense.

That’s the current situation facing both Sweet Soca King Edwin Yearwood and Party Monarch Peter Ram as they prepare for tomorrow’s MQI/98.1 Soca Royale showdown at Bushy Park.

Both kings are defending their titles as well as participating in the other competition.

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The stage is set for tomorrow’s showdown. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)

Dynamo is back to claim 12-18 title

by NATANGA SMITH

LAST YEAR Asher Dynamo Murrell was on stage in the Scotiabank Junior Monarch competition. He performed his entry, Drinkers Anthem, in the 8-12 age category to take the title. He beat defending champion Ranaan into second and was also awarded the prize for Best Soca Song.

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Dynamo in Nice & Slow deals with issues plaguing the youth. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)