After a one-year absence, the Soca Monarch competition is back on the carnival calendar, but with a few changes.
Dominicans will also see what organizers call the biggest carnival event for 2011 – the Dimanch Gra Way Lay Lay – on Carnival Sunday.
Formerly the Soca Monarch and International Artist night, this year will feature no international artists segment but an International Bouyon Night. It is carded for February 25, 2011.
One of the organizers, Clint Henderson, told a press conference at the Dominica Festivals Committee’s office this morning that financial constraints have resulted in this change.
“We see that we have to try to localize it and because of the funds and the financial injection for that kind of caliber show, we really have to put some money into that show.We see that we have to try to use the local bands more,” he said.
The Soca Monarch will feature two segments where 10 finalists will compete in a groovy soca competition and another 10 in a power (up-tempo) soca segment. The international bouyon night will feature local and international bouyon artistes and bands.
“It’s a forum to see new aspects of new artists in Dominica,” Henderson said.
The Royalty Band from New York will perform on that night. Triple Kay, WCK and Claudette Peters are also carded to perform, among other acts.
Registration for artists costs $25 and closes on Friday. Deadlines may be extended to early next week.
The Dimanch Gra Way Lay Lay, scheduled for March 6, is intended to revive Kiddies Carnival and present a whole list of other spectacles in one day.
The event will start at 3 p.m. with the Kiddies Carnival and continue at 6 p.m. with a Dance Off and DJ Clash. It will culminate with a showcase of various local bands. They are organized in collaboration with the Dominica Carnival Committee, DFC, Reality Steppers Entertainment, Clint H, among other stakeholders.
These events are scheduled to take place at the Pottersville Savannah, the Carnival City. At present, ANP Solutions Limited is responsible for building that site for carnival celebrations.
More information on both events will be published at a future date.