Machel Montano is the 2012 Power Soca Monarch/Groovy Soca Monarch

Machel Montano retained his Power Soca Monarch crown at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain this morning. He was also crowned Groovy Soca Monarch. Montano sang “Pump Yuh Flag” in the Power category and “Mr Fete” in the Groovy competition.

Donning a black helmet and astronaut’s attire, Soca Monarch champion Machel Montano soared. It was a fitting finale to an electrifying performance in which the energised crowd were left about 26,000 soca lovers chanting Pump Yuh Flag. Occasion was the 20th edition of the International Soca Monarch at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on Friday where Montano copped both the Power and Groovy categories—taking home $2 million and $500,000 respectively.

Prior to the climax which left tongues wagging, soca connoisseurs were treated to a revue including fireworks, free style verses, nubile dancers, acrobats and the appearance of local fashion icon Anya Ayoung Chee and cricketer extraordinare Brian Charles Lara. Lara displayed the national flag. Among those soaking in the stellar performance were Chairman of Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) William Munro, Tourism Minister Rupert Griffith in a cow boy hat and Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston Peters.

Declaring he was Mr Fete, Montano breathed fresh joie-de-vivre into Peter Minshall’s puppets Tan Tan and Saga Boy. Tobago was represented in the smiling face of Calypso Rose. Again, as though the planets were in perfect alignment, Montano dethroned 2011 Groovy Champion Kees Dieffenthaller.

Listen to “Pump Yuh Flag” here:

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