UPDATE: GI won the CSM 26 Finals and is the 2021 Chutney Soca Monarch and Nisha Ramsook won the Queen of Chutney Soca Monarch Title.
CSM26 – 24 IN GRAND FINAL – Canada gets knocked out of CSM at Semi Final stage.
The three Canadian artistes were knocked out at the semi final stage of the CSM26 featured over the weekend via CNC3, Sangeet 106.1 and also through various social media sites.
The semi final round has been described as one of the best in the history of the competition, and much of it had to do with the venue at SAPA, South Trinidad, and also of course the fact that the event was able to be pre recorded and packaged for television.
With the cancellation of Carnival announced in August 2020, Southex grasped the opportunity to create something different for CSM, and I think we have been able to achieve that in many ways.
The semi final event featured performances from Canada, New York, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago, with 36 artistes competing for a place in the Grand Final and for a chance to be crowned the new Chutney Soca Monarch for 2021. A completely new and unique aspect of the competition was the inclusion of ‘live’ comments from judges. All artists were supported by the back-up ‘live’ band, Avatar headed by Kishore ‘Wizzy Ramdath.
In New York, the back-up band was RML Band led by Rishi Lakhan. Guyana was supported by Shakti Strings led by Avinash Roopchand.
Our appointed CSM teams in Guyana was led by WR Reaz from Team MMR, New York was led by Ranjeev Ramdeen, MuzikHead and Xtreme Soundz Entertainment, Toronto was led by Vashtie Doorga from Doorga Entertainment.
The event was packaged for TV and aired via CNC3, Sangeet 106.1 and via several social media outlets across the USA, Canada, Surinam and Guyana. Tens of thousands would have viewed the semi final event which was broken into 2 parts.
All Covid protocols would have been observed at SAPA as approximately 500 performers would have passed through the facility over an 8 hour period.
The Semi Final round of this competition was one of the most competitive in the 26 year history of the show, with artistes really giving their all with dancers and presentations that were befitting of a Grand Final. Producers were very happy as it showed the commitment of the players in the industry especially in these very trying times and with a raging pandemic that a show of this quality and stature could have been produced at the level that it was.
A ‘text to vote’ component was reintroduced in 2021. This was done deliberately since the viewers would be all online. We thought it was important to make them a part of the show. BMobile was able to create the platform and facilitate the process via all networks in Trinidad. An International number was also set up to accommodate foreign viewers to be able to cast their vote for their favourites in the competition.
CSM26 has been sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, NLCB, BMobile, Southex, and our official media partners CNC3, Sangeet 106.1 and Guardian Media Limited
23 artistes will now join GI Beharry to compete for the title of Chutney Soca Monarch 2021.
They are as follows:
NONE OF THE CANADIAN ARTISTES PROGRESSED TO THE FINAL.
- DAMIAN SOOKRAM (NY)
- PRINCE JP (NY)
- VANITA WILLIE (GUYANA)
- VICADI SINGH (GUYANA)
- TONY CUTTZ (GUYANA)
- JAIRAM DINDIAL
- RICARDO MELVILLE
- PRINCE NAVIN PRABHOO
- DUBRAJ PERSAD
- DERRICK SEALES
- RASIKA DINDIAL
- KENNETH SUPERSAD
- RIZ & THEATRICS
- RUSSEL M
- SHIVA LAKHAN
- CHERISH RAGONANAN
- NEESHAD SULTAN
- RESHMA RAMLAL
- SURENDRA RAMOUTAR
- VEEJAI RAMKISSOON
- SALEEM BEHARRY
- NISHA RAMSOOK
- ADESH SAMAROO
- GI BEHARRY is defending his CSM title.
As we move to the Grand Final on Saturday 13th February, Chutney Soca fans can expect a final with all the frills that they have been accustomed to at the ‘live’ events.
The Grand Final will air via CNC3 and Sangeet 106.1 and will also be available via ‘Southex Events’ on YouTube ‘live’