The Ultimate Rejects are the new kings of the Road March. Trinidad Carnival 2017.
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) congratulated Edghilll “MX Prime” Thomas and his band, Ultimate Rejects, today after their hit song, “Full Extreme”, beat all comers in the 2017 Road March race.
Full Extreme was played 556 times for Carnival while “Your Time Now” and “Beat It”—both sung by dethroned Road March king Machel Montano—came in second and third with 72 and 18 plays respectively.
The result marked only the second time in the last seven years that Machel Montano did not rule the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Austin “Superblue” Lyons won the Road March title in 2013 with “Fantastic Friday.” But, otherwise, Montano triumphed in 2011 and 2012 and did a hattrick of titles between 2014 to 2016 with “Ministry of Road”, “Like a Boss” and “Waiting on the Stage” respectively.
In total, Montano has eight Road March crowns which has him level with Slinger “Mighty Sparrow” Francisco as third on the all-time list of winners.
The late Aldwyn “Lord Kitchener” Roberts is first with 10 titles while Superblue is second with nine.
MX Prime and the Ultimate Rejects may hope to start their own era.
Soca legends Machel Montano and Austin “Super Blue” Lyons have been crowned Road March Monarchs 2018.
Machel and Super Blue 2018 collaboration Soca Kingdom was played a total of 336 times at official Carnival judging points across T&T- more then twice as much as nearest competitor Neil “Iwer” George.
Iwer George’s Savannah was played a total of 140 times while Patrice Roberts’ Sweet For Days came in third with 112 plays. The competition was, however, the closest it has been in years when winners succeeded by much larger margins.
It also created history for Lyons, as he is now tied with legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwin Roberts), who won the competition a record 10 times before he died in 2000.
Lyons’ last win came in 2013 with Fantastic Friday, when he briefly put a damper on Montano’s recent dominance in the competition. Lyons tied with George in 2000 and won the title in 1995 and back to back titles between 1991 and 1993. His other titles came in 1980, 1981 and 1983, while his sobriquet was still “Blue Boy.
Montano can still overtake both veterans, as this year’s victory took his tally to nine. He won the competition three years in a row between 2014 and 2016 and also in 2011 and 2012. In 2006, he won the title with Patrice Roberts for their collaboration Band of the Year and then by himself the following year with Jumbie. Montano’s first title came in 1997 with Big Truck.
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Voice (Aaron St. Louis) was crowned for the third year in a row, International Soca Monarch 2018.
1. Voice – Year Of Love
2. Blaxx – Hulk
3. Orlando Octave – Love You So
Aaron "Voice" St. Louis retained his title as International Soca Monarch for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017.
Voice performed at position number 21 and sang his very popular song entitled "Far From Finished". He proved that he is the future and his quality song enabled him to prevail over second place contestant Orlando Octave. Single, by Octave, is a monster YouTube hit with over 2.5 million views. Devon Matthews placed third with his African Spiritual hit song entitled 'D Journey'. Devon brought on Ella Andall to accompany him and she wad just awesome. In fourth place was Neil "Iwer" George with his song entitled "Take Ah Bathe". Both Iwer and Ravi B were the first ones to bring some excitement to the audience at the National Stadium.
The singers from across the Caribbean Basin added real Carribbean legitimacy to the competition and there will be some complaints. One can assume that many were disappointed but in the end the majority of those in attendance were pleased that 'Voice' repeated as Monarch.
1. Voice ------ Far From Finished.
2. Orlando ------ Single.
3. Devon Matthews ------ D Journey.
4. Iwer (The Boss) ------ Take Ah Bathe.