Chutney Soca Monarch: Raymond Ramnarine Dethrones Kris “KI” Persad

RRRaymond Ramnarine, leader of the band Dil-e-Nadan, has claimed the title of 2013 Lotto Plus Chutney Soca Monarch. He won the $1 million first prize, with a performance that was hailed as spectacular at Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad. Ramnarine, who returned to the competition after 13 years, has dethroned Kris “KI” Persad, who had to settle for third place. Rikki Jai, who has won the competition multiple times, placed second with his song “Ent yuh know.”

Ramnarine performed at seventh position and was accompanied by the Shiv Shakti dancers. The crowd sang every word of Ramnarine’s runaway hit “I ain’t marriding no more.” And on his command they chanted, “Raymond, Raymond.”

The crowd went in a frenzy when Ramnarine invited “Trinidad and Tobago’s most popular couple” on stage. Peter Minshall’s creations Tan Tan and Saga Boy danced to Ramnarine’s chutney hit – a song which became the most requested chutney on the airwaves in recent weeks. And when Ramnarine included a verse that he would emerge chutney soca king, the fans went wild. As he exited the stage, patrons continued chanting “Raymond, Raymond,” making it clear that the night belonged to Ramnarine.

[. . .] Ramnarine, in tears, walked calmly to the front of the stage and thanked his thousands of screaming fans. “When I entered chutney soca monarch, it didn’t care about the money. I did this for my people, my culture and about moving forward. I would serve my people and uplift my culture to the highest,” he said before kissing the stage. [. . .] Ramnarine said he intends to visit schools, promoting culture, and he wants to use part of his winnings to help the underprivileged.

1. Raymond Ramnarine – 43.7 points
2. Rikki Jai – 42.6 points
3. Kris “KI” Persad – 33.7 points
4. Kenneth Supersad – 25.5 points
5. Drupatee Ramgoonai – 23.9 points
6. Anil Bheem – 22.9 points
7. A tie with Rick Ramoutar and Lalchan “Hunter” Babwah – 22.5 points
8. Prophet Benjamin – 22.2 points
9. A tie with Omadath Maraj and Sally Sagram – 21.2 points
10. Saleem “Stinky”Beharry – 21.2 points

Listen to “I Ain’t Marriding No More” here:

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