Finalist in the Chutney Soca Monarch competition, Nermal “Massive” Gosein is very disappointed with the prize structure for this year’s Soca Monarch and Chutney Soca Monarch events.
“I believe that government is killing culture in TT. Both Soca Monarch and Chutney Soca attract a great amount of tourists to this country,” Massive said, adding that these two shows play an important role in Carnival.
He is of the view that government should compensate the artistes in a tangible way so that they can put out world class presentations.
He said with the first prize set at $300,000 many competitors will have to cut costs and do smaller presentations than in previous years.
“To go to Skinner Park in San Fernando and perform for 20,000 plus people live is a huge task.”
Nevertheless, Massive said he expects to score high with his controversial song Rowlee Mudda Count.
The audience, he said, can expect to hear a few new verses for the finals. “I am ready, but I wonder if the people ready for me.”
Responding to the new prize structure for the Chutney Soca Monarch competition, popular comedian and composer Kenneth Supersad said government should know culture plays an important role in Carnival. “It turns over huge revenue for the country,” Supersad said.
Saying he is mindful that the country is experiencing a recession, Supersad insisted government should give at least $500,000 for the first place with $300,000 for second position and $200,000 for third place. “All finalists should be able to take home at least $100,000.”
Reigning joint Chutney Soca Monarch winner Ravi B has opted out of this year’s competition.
However, Omardath Maraj, the other winner, has confirmed that he will be defending his title The finals is scheduled for next week Saturday.