SOCA SUPREMACY

Fans of both Mr. Killa and Boyzie can and will argue vigorously, presenting very valid points to substantiate their justification for one Artiste winning over the other.

Note: The views expressed in the following article are those of the writer and not necessarily the views of partygrenada.com

Dexter Mitchell

SOCA SUPREMACY
by Dexter Mitchell, Made in Grenada

When Hollice “Mr. Killa” Mapp won his first National Soca Monarch title in 2004 with his rendition ‘Thunder Rags’, it was a performance that immediately begged the question, how far will his talents take Mr. Killa. And naturally the next question would be, will we see another performer as electrifying and as dominant as Mr. Killa.

In 2019 we have the answers to both questions and even more fodder for an interesting debate about a head to head match-up.

Mr. Killa has gone on to win the International Soca Monarch competition that forms part of the annual Carnival celebrations in Trinidad, while Jalon “Boyzie” Olive has won his 5th National Soca Monarch title, a resounding comeback in 2019 after losing out to Wuss Ways in 2018. These two momentous occasions make for an interesting debate. What would happen if and when these two Artistes face each other head to head on a finals stage? We will get back to that argument soon.

‘Baby Killa’ crowned in 2004

Mr. Killa’s performance in 2004 ushered in a new standard to Soca Monarch performances in the Grenada competition lifting the bar several notches higher than anyone thought possible. For those who witnessed the exploits of Mr. Killa at the Talent Search competition and his impromptu street performances in Gouyave the magic of Carnival Friday in 2004 came as no surprise. And for those who were fortunate to see firsthand and maybe for the first time what Mr. Killa was able to do at the Stadium that magical night in 2004, his 2019 International Soca Monarch victory was inevitable.

After two more victories (in 2006 & 2009) it was time for the torched to be past, while Mr. Killa sought International stardom which came with his hit 2014 hit –  Rolly Polly.

Grenada was first introduced to the next new Soca Monarch sensation in 2010 when Boyzie released ‘Never Tell Her to Go Jouvert’. While he recorded a song in 2011 Boyzie was absent from Carnival having gone to St. Lucia to represent Grenada in under-19 cricket.

Boyzie performing “born troublesome” at the 2012 Soca Monarch Competition

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The very next year Grenada felt the full brunt of his soca power when Boyzie teamed up with Luni Spark on ‘Born Troublesome’, a song that went on to win Road March, giving Boyzie his first National title.

The following year (2013) with, ‘Mas Everywhere’, began the a run of Soca Monarch titles with each winning performance eclipsing the previous with renewed energy, creativity and a sense of determination to stamp Carnival Friday as his domain.

2015, 2016, 2017 – three straight titles- unprecedented in the history of Grenada’s Soca Monarch competition and a return for the ages in 2019 and Boyzie now has 5 Soca Monarch titles to his name, all achieved before the age of thirty.

Now back to the question of a head-on clash, hypothetical at this stage, but not unlikely.

Fans of both Mr. Killa and Boyzie can and will argue vigorously, presenting very valid points to substantiate their justification for one Artiste winning over the other.

Analyzing the performances of both Artistes over the years, in and out of competition one can summarize that while Mr. Killa is focused on putting on a show, even on competition night, Boyzie’s competitive nature lends itself to him wanting to defeat all who comes his way.

How those two traits translate on a Soca Monarch finals stage is yet to be known. Hopefully for Soca fans this dream match-up can become a reality.

See below a flashback of ‘Baby Killa’ (now Mr. Killa) winning performance at the 2004 Soca Monarch Competition

Note: The views expressed in the following article are those of the writer and not necessarily the views of partygrenada.com

 

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