Trinidad and Tobago-born performers swept the top places in the International Soca Monarch competition on Friday night as carnival celebrations continue in the Caribbean country.
Neil ‘Iwer’ George won the TT$1 million first prize in the Power Soca category with his tune Stage Gone Bad, while Lyrikal – placed second with his song Rukshun and Olatunji placing third with Thankful.
In the Groovy category, Jesse Stewart (College Boy Jesse) won the TT$500,000 prize with his tune Happy Song followed by Marvin Davis (Swappi) with his tune, Jumbie Head.
Third place went to Ding Dong of Trinidad with the song Outside.
Defending Power Soca monarch, Grenadian Hollis Mapp, better known as ‘Mr Killa’, did not participate in the competition after expressing disappointment at the preparations for the show.