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Official Launch of 2019 International Bashment Soca Competition
Bridgetown, Barbados (March 13, 2019)-
Title Sponsor Yello Media Group and 4D Entertainment Inc are yet again excited to produce this year’s staging of the International Bashment Soca Monarch competition. Each year patrons can expect changes and improvements to this relatively new staple to the Crop Over calendar. The Bashment Soca monarch competition started three years ago with an all-Barbadian cast. Last year the international component was introduced and saw two regional acts reaching the finals. There were over 120 entries from as far as Belize, Scotland and USA. This year, the producers of the competition continue to ‘Up the entertainment game’ by introducing a beach party at the end of the competition to celebrate. The featured artist will be Mr. Killa hailing from Grenada.
Mr. Ricky ‘Lil Rick’ Reid emerged the first-ever International Bashment Soca Monarch with his winning song ‘Ben It’. This year, the second and third place will receive a bigger share of the prize money with the winner receiving Bds $60,000 in cash. Total prizes up for grabs is BDS $120,000. The remaining nine (9) finalists will receive an appearance fee.
The competition has fast become a favourite of the Crop Over Season and the music continues to bring hype to every event it is played at. Many artistes continue to grow and benefit from this genre of music and the organizers continue to place importance on the development of the artistes via a writer’s workshop to assist them in improving their craft to impact the growing cultural and musical landscape. Artistes from across the globe are encouraged to enter the competition and songs written and produced after January 1, 2018 will be eligible for submission.
The International Bashment Soca Monarch competition takes place in Barbados on Saturday, July 6th at Pirates Cove. Once more, a panel of judges and voting by the public will choose the finalists. The artistes will be invited to upload their songs on findyello.com and the voting public will also be able to vote on findyello.com for their favourite artistes.