BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - IT was an evening of party, disaster and reflections as winners of the 2022 Soca Monarch Competitions were crowded at Carnival Village in the wee hours of Thursday (Dec. 21).
Javits ‘Stadics’ Jefferson walked away with the crown in the Power Segment of the Soca Monarch Competition, as he registered 250 points in a very entertaining performance that drew the crowd’s attention and support.
His rendition, ‘Cowbell’, has been blazing the Federation’s airwaves. That song has a very catchy package which was evident at the Finals, as it beat out Mr. Bagnal’s ‘De Stage’ (241 point) and T-Bone’s ‘Home on De Streets’ (223 points).
Reflecting on his victory, Stadics told reporters that it was not easy to get there since everything did not go according to plan. He however stated that the help of God and encouragement from his fans ensured that he brought his best to the stage and walked away with the Title.
“I was really down leading up to it, but the encouragement, the love. Everybody gave up on me and [wanted] me to pull out and stay out, and I had to push through,” the artiste exclaimed.
Commenting on the lyrics of his song, Stadics disclosed that for a number of years there were many criticisms directed towards St. Kitts and Nevis’ music, including that “it is not reaching anywhere”. However, the inclusion of a cowbell was the biggest critique and the incorporation of that into a general lyric was the point of the performance.
“I co-operated with different islands' rhythm styles and put a cowbell on top of it to show them that the cowbell is sweet when you put a rhythm on top of it,” he added.
In the Groovy Monarch Segment, it was a successful return for Mr. Bagnall after a two-year hiatus from the arena.
The return was worth the wait as he belted out lyrics that were appreciated by both the crowd and judges.
He entered Wednesday night’s event seeking to capyure the double, but in the end it was the Groovy Segment that he stood out, registering 240 points with ‘Can’t Miss This’.
In second position was the catchy ‘Teef’ lyrics by Mr. Hype, which sought to address his debacle last year that saw him being disqualified.
The third spot was occupied by Tobap (Festival Love) with 234 points.
“It was emotional,” Bagnal said. “Not being there for two years, being away dealing with medical and rush back home, was actually a Thursday night when I decided to rush back home to come home for eliminations.”
Speaking to the lyrics, Bagnal explained that it was a case where he or others could not miss the return of the street activities for Carnival.
During his performance, the popular artiste paid homage to several individuals who died throughout the years.
Samal Duggins, Minister with Responsibility for Carnival, acknowledged the return of the event this year and was impressed with the way the Festival has gone thus far.
He told reporters that the Festival has grown this year from the launch to the Soca Monarch Competitions.