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Come January 20, 2024 at 8pm, the semi-final round of the annual Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM), this year, titled Colour of Chutney, will be hosted free to the public at the RIG, San Fernando, T&T, where 33 artistes will vie for a chance at qualifying for the Grand Final on February 10, at Skinner Park, San Fernando.  


Said producer, Southex Event Management Company (Southex), for this, its 28th year, 62 songs were submitted which moved to 33 and will be further narrowed down to 11 for the Grand Final. 

Daddy Chinee will be defending his crown, and at the final, a Queen of Chutney Soca 2024 will be crowned.   

Katelin Sultan, 9, is the reigning Queen of Chutney Soca (2023) and the youngest-ever.


The semi-finalists are: Kavita Ramkissoon, Rick Ramoutar, Vanessa Ramoutar, Riz and Theatrics, Adesh Samaroo, Krishna Ramdass, Nigel Gobin, Neeshad Sultan, Katelin Sultan, Kendal Jaggernauth, Nel Ramdass, Robin Jagdip, Veeram, Nari Raghubir, Dr Tunes, Ranji Baby, D Songstar Sangeeta, Mario Jitman, Rehannah Gopaul, Kenneth Supersad, Rawythee Ramroop, Vedesh Sookoo, Veeraj, Davindra Ramnath, Gvon, Shazzi, Kernal Roberts, Nerissa Bachan, Del Toro, Oscar B, Hitman, and Stephon Rameran.

Reigning and defending Chutney Soca Monarch Daddy Chinee

Powered by the National Carnival Commission, B Mobile, Boom Champions, LIT 102.3, POWER 102, Blue Waters, Paria Suites Hotel & Conference Centre, and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & The Arts this year, the competition, said Southex, carries a white-themed dress code, with an artistic strategy planned for the night, where the arena will become ablaze with an explosion of colour and excitement, as they rekindle and entice a younger more vibrant market to attend the show.


New features are added to the event with one being the fete-like element titled, "Something Different", while not losing the essence of the competitions.


"There will be two competitions in one with a bigger prize structure," said Southex. Included will be a condensed competition with six artistes vying for the King and six for the Queen, and the prizes for the Queen are bigger than last year’s, as well as for the Chutney Monarch.


Ravi B and Karma and GT the Band are carded for feature concert acts, while among other guest artistes will be Neval Chatelal and Nishard Mayrhoo.

  

For the International Wild Cards, artistes are given the opportunity to compete at the final with a guaranteed purse of TT$30,000.

Reigning and youngest Queen of Chutney Soca Kaitlin Sultan

The event also includes an Award segment titled Heroes, where three outstanding artistes of the Indo Caribbean Music Industry – Ravi B, Rafi Mohammed, and Rooplal G who’s celebrating 25 years at CSM – will be honoured.


There will also be Powder and Power-Free Zones.


Delineated as the biggest night of the year for the Chutney Soca Industry and by extension, the Indo-Caribbean Music Industry, and an event and staple that has grown to become one of the signature events on the T&T Carnival calendar, Southex elaborated that it’s also the most important Indo-Caribbean event in the world, and as they celebrate their 28th year, they want to bring something different and better to the table.


To be awarded for 25 years with CSM Rooplal G

Ravi B

Neval Chatelal and Nishard Mayrhoo to perform at CSM 2024