Grenada’s 2012 Soca Monarch, Lavaman (Marcus James), has said that he is planning a post-carnival celebratory event that will emphasize assisting children with pencils, bags and other school supplies.
The soca artiste, who hosted the first-ever “Uncle Lava Daycare Fun Day” for kids on July 28 in Tanteen, St George’s, says it’s a satisfying experience helping children and making them happy. Lavaman won the Soca Monarch title with “Psycho,” which also was a close contender for Road March. He leaves this month to perform overseas. He hopes that in September, he’ll be able to have two post-carnival celebratory events – one in St George’s and the other in St Andrew – where children will be provided will school supplies’ donations.
The 2012 carnival was another successful season for Lavaman, who built on his 2011 Road March victory with the song, “So We Dey”. In the aftermath of the 2011 Spicemas festival, which also included championship titles for the junior and senior steelbands of Republic Bank Angel Harps, a special evening of celebration was held on the Carenage. The evening featured Angel Harps, Pan Ossia, Suzuki Pan Wizards, Lavaman and several other top soca bards.
A resident of the Carenage and former disc jockey, Lavaman turned to soca singing less than 10 years ago. Soca, he says, “has that vibes, that tempo, that makes me get up. [. . .] I feel the only way you can get a break in Grenada is through soca,” adds Lavaman, whose real name is Marcus James.