It’s more competitive, says Edwin
by TRE GREAVES
COMPETITIVENESS at Crop Over is at an all-time high, says Edwin Yearwood.
And, with his track record, the 2016 Sweet Soca monarch should know.
From his days of winning the first Party Monarch competition in 1995 and claiming every major title in the festival since then, he has had his fair share of naysayers.
“I saw some serious negativity when I first started to compete. I was almost in a depressed state because I came into it with what we call the veterans at the time,” he said.
“And to hear some of the negativity they had to say and it almost had nothing to do with the younger generation, it set me back.
“But this generation of artistes is more competitive. I believe people used to be in it and when you got to the finals, you more or less were glad to be in. But I think now everybody comes to win it.”
At the recently held Soca Royale, Edwin, who is also known as The General, reclaimed the Sweet Soca title with Home Sweet Home, leaving crowd favourite Marvay in second place with Know The Face.
Edwin was speaking to the WEEKEND NATION on Wednesday at MQI Wildey where he, Party Monarch Lil Rick and Pic-O-De-Crop winner Aziza received their prize cars.
When questioned about how he felt about some people thinking that he did not deserve to reclaim the title, he said he only learned about that through media reports, but added that the rhetoric was not new.
“There will be people that [are] for you; there will be people that are against you. I wasn’t really checking the competition but from listening I thought that Marvay put down a fantastic performance. I stuck to my game plan. My game plan wasn’t to fete,” he said.
“Sometimes you will have people a bit more competitive than others and you will have negativity spinning off but I don’t think anybody means any harm. But it’s all in the zone of competition. I never broke a sweat, or took it on at the end of the day. I’m still going to come next year and do my best,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aziza who won the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, has also not been feeding into the negativity. She said she has only received positive feedback face to face. (TSG)