Finalist in the NLCB International Soca Monarch (Power category) display their performance position following Wednesday's draw at the NLCB Box, Queen's Park Oval. Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR

International Soca Monarch

The list of finalists released by ISM shows both the Groovy and Power categories to be an all testosterone affair.

There was not a large pool of female Soca singers in the semi-final leg of the competition.

The three that made the cut were Jardine ‘Jadel’ Legere, Kerlene Joseph, and Sandra DesVignes-Millington, better known as Singing Sandra.

Sandra who is more recognised in the calypso arena, teamed up with Addelon ‘Banjela’ Braveboy to do a Groovy soca called ‘Tis We Season’.

Unfortunately none of the ladies did enough to get the nod from the judges to makes it into the ISM finals.

While the female soca stars have always been able to go head to head with their male counterparts, this year’s ISM competition is a male-only battle.

Below are the finalists selected for the International Soca Finalists and their order of appearance.


1. Lawrence “Mr Renzo” Adams – Soca Mambo

2. Jerome “Rome” Precilla – Easy to Break

3. Mical “Mical Teja” Williams – Bumper Murder

4. Akeem “Preedy” Chance – Shell It

5. Kellon and Kelson Ogiste (Luni Spark and Electrify) Bacchanal Party

6. Shal Marshall – Bun Up

7. Neil Iwer George – Stage Gone Bad

8. Devon “Prophet Benjamin” Samuel – Betty Cat

9. Olatunji Yearwood – Thankful

10. Shertz “Problem Child” James – Nasty Up

11. Devon “Lyrikal” Martin – Rukshun

12. Akel “Trinidad Ghost” Mc Lean – I Ain’t See


1. Osvaldo “Leadpipe” Reid – Sometime

2. Asten Isaac – IOU

3. Jerome Pricilla – Good Good

4. Allistar “Rayzor” Mc Quilkin – Dred Tabanca

5. Kerry John – Go Away

6. Akeem “Preedy” Chance – Yuh Bad

7. Andre “Ding Dong” Houlder – Outside

8. Jesse Stewart – Happy Song

9. Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart – Canboulay

10. Shirlan “Skinny Banton” George – Wrong Again

11. Anderson MdPhee – Soca Slide

12. Marvin “Swappi” Davis – Jumbie Head


Four-month-old baby Jenique Cole is in need of life-saving open heart surgery.

Government, through the Children’s Life Fund, will pay the cost of the surgery at a hospital in Canada, her mother said.

However, the family has to pay for an air ambulance service which costs US$75,360 (TT$510,888).

Alana Cole, 36, said her family cannot afford this and is appealing to good Samaritans in Trinidad and Tobago to help raise funds to save her baby’s life.

There is a water crisis in Barataria/San Juan and it is crippling businesses and causing many to suffer, says San Juan Business Association president Vivek Charran.

Trinidad and Tobago now has 2,005 active cases of Covid-19, with 217 new cases being recorded yesterday.

The Ministry of Health reported 78 new cases yesterday morning and a further 139 new cases yesterday evening.

Attorneys rushed to the courts yesterday seek­­­ing to stop the depor­tation of a number of Ve­nezuelans who are refugee and asylum seekers.

However, even after the judge granted the stay, it was too late as they were already placed on a Coast Guard vessel and taken to South Trinidad where a Venezuelan vessel took them back to Venezuela.