THE 2019 CHUTNEY SOCA MONARCH
Sunday 27th January 2019
General Imran – aka ‘GI’ tops the Semi Final
Last night’s CSM24 Semi Finals can only be described as one of the best in the competition’s history.
The RIG, Gulf View was packed to capacity, the atmosphere was electric with the crowd moving and singing to every song. Patrons spilled over into the side and back car parks, as fans tried to steal a glimpse of their favorites performing on stage.
General Imran, aka, GI, topped the semi final round with his mega hit ‘Divorce’, followed very closely by the biggest surprise of the night, young newcomer, Amit Sagram at a close second place.
For the very first time in the history of the CSM, more than 20 persons scored over 200pts by the judges, crystalizing the fact that the quality of the songs and performances by artistes this year are of a higher standard than past years.
Former CSM Monarch, Ravi B made a guest appearance; flattening the place , with the crowd singing along with him word for word, proving that he is definitely one of the top stars in the industry.
We must also mention the outstanding performances from our female contestants last night, who have proved without a doubt that they will also be a force to reckon with on Saturday 16th February at the Grand Finals of CSM24.
Due to the overwhelming results and the quality of music, the Producers of the show have decided to create a special opportunity and reward artistes by admitting 21 people to the Grand Final this year. They will now face off against defending champions Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal.
Prize monies will not be affected by this move but instead we hope to motivate and create incentives to an industry that is clearly on an upward swing.
The Grand Final of CSM24 will take place at Skinner Park, San Fernando on Saturday 16th February.
The event is sponsored by
The National Carnival Commission, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Guardian Newspaper, CNC 3, Sangeet 106FM, Rent-a-Amp Sound Co, Carib Brewery Limited, Black & White Scotch, Firepower Fireworks, Blue Waters and Southex.
The following are the 21 names of the artistes that have made it to the Grand Finals of CSM24, they are listed in no particular order –
The Grand Finalist names are as follows –
- KAVITA RAMKISSOON – Tac Tac
- RUSSEL MOHAMMED – Horn me
- KERRON TYRON WILLIAMS – Obeah
- KENNETH SUPERSAD – Saltfish
- SURENDRA RAMOUTAR – Mahia
- VEEJAI RAMKISSOON & JEROME PRECILLA – Bite Up
- Adesh Samaroo – The Hammer
- NISHA RAMSOOK – Motor Bike
- NEESHAN PRABHOO – Outta Timing
- NIGEL GOBIN – Buss Head
- IMRAN BEHARRY aka GI – Divorce
- AMIT SAGRAM – Nah Chayro
- ANDY SINGH – She Had ah Man
- AVINASH SOOKRAJ – Bhaigan
- HEMLATHA DINDIAL – Badalaa
- Kavita TRISHMA MAHARAJ – Sirf Ee
- VEEKASH SAHADEO – Chantel
- SAMRAJ JAIMUNGAL – The Remedy
- OMARDATH MAHARAJ – Nobody Doh Care about Trinidad
- RICARDO MELVILLE – Salena
- AMIT SOOKNANAN & AMIT D – Warning