Written by: 592 Entertainment
Guyana’s new Soca Monarch Champion is Adrian Dutchin. He was adjudged winner of the competition during the wee hours of Mashramani morning (February 23rd 2023).
The Monarch who to date has 10 Mashramani titles to his name told Entertainment592 in an interview that his win was a surreal feeling:
“I was like wow, I had a feeling because I honestly was listening to everybody and I did stuff that people didn’t do and I was like I might pull this one off because they were a lot of loopholes that they left out and I took advantage of that and that was the name of the game you used things at your advantage and a lot of them didn’t use it” he said.
Dutchin who was away from the Soca Monarch competition for years said it was the love for his song after releasing it that gave him the push to return and join the competition.
The winning song “Place Nice” is part of a musical project that was released in January as a contribution to Guyana’s 53rd Mashramani celebration and speaks to the country’s culture and diversity.
“so shout out to everybody who was involved in the Mash Project, ShakerHd for producing an amazing song, Pahjo for sending me the Riddim and even telling me he needs me on the project and everybody that was involved in the mash project,” Dutchin stated.
During his performance the monarch announced that it would be his last Soca Monarch competition, he explained to Entertainment592 the move behind his decision
“I really plan on my music becoming even more evolved and going in more nooks and crannies of Guyana and expanding more. Soca Monarch I am done with that I’ve had my time with it, it’s time for me to give younger people a chance to get their shine and everything”.
On competition night, Dutchin secured 250 points, one point ahead of the second-place winner Diana Chapman.
In third place was Osei OKC Clarke who was also adjudged Best New Comer with Matic Queen rounding off the top four position.
Osei OKC Clarke
Adrian Dutchin now has 4 Soca Monarch and 6 Road March titles to his name.
Mr. Easy and Kyah Baby Blaze the ‘High Grade’By: Flair Lindsay
The legendary Reggae and Dancehall artist Mr Easy and Hip Hop “it girl” Kyah Baby are blazing the “High Grade! This unprecedented collabo sees the insanely diverse Mr Easy teaming up with Hip Hop Goddess Kyah Baby, whose unorthodox, spitfire lyrical delivery can body the best of them.Read more ...
Guyana Talent Search Triumphant Return Of The 2nd Semi FinalBy: Jamel Grahame
After what felt like forever but was a mere two-week hiatus, the Ministry of Culture Youth & Sports National Talent search made a triumphant return. The beauty the elegance and the diverse set of talents vying for one of ten spots in the finals made for quite the spectacle.Read more ...
Mr. Killa, a Grenadian ball of energy whose real name is Hollice Mapp has taken the infectious genre of soca and given it a hell of a spotlight with his involvement in The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip. Mr. Killa is the voice of the theme song for this The Real Housewives franchise spinoff.Read more ...
Guyanese Designer Jason Shurland’s Gown Of CoinsBy: Jamel Grahame
The Guyanese proverb “One one dutty build damn” (Every little bit adds up) was the eye-catching caption as designer Jason Shurland made his mark on Guyana’s 51st Republic celebrations with his patriotic gown of coins.Read more ...
Mikey Spice: The Forgotten Treasure of ReggaeBy: Taneika Thomas
Known most popularly for his remake of Barry White’s “Practice What You Preach”, Michael Theophilus Johnson, most popularly known as Mikey Spice, is the “one man band” of reggae music.Read more ...
Jab Jab, the mass of the downtrodden, the music of the simple man has now ascended into prominence and respectability on the carnival scene. Jab has been around since the origin of carnival, Jab Molassie in Trinidad and Jab Jab in Grenada.Read more ...
Mas Legend, Peter Minshall Returns for Carnival 2020By: Nekisha Cyrus
Peter Minshall will be returning to the Trinidad Carnival scene in 2020 as a band mas-designer. No stranger to controversial art, the recent unveiling of his new collection ‘Mas Pieta’ was inspired by Michelangelo’s renaissance sculpture, ‘The Pieta’.Read more ...
John Legend Featuring Koffee “Don’t Walk Away”By: David Lawrence
American mega pop star John legend teams up with Koffee, one of Jamaica’s current biggest dancehall artists and Grammy winner, for a super track ‘Don’t Walk Away’ on his newly released album, ‘Bigger Love’.Read more ...