Mikey is Barbados’ first ever Soca Monarch.
Performing last at the MQI 98.1 The One Soca Monarch Finals at the National Botanical Gardens, Mikey, last year’s Party Monarch, scored 98 points with Action Time Again to take the top prize of $20 000 and a BT 50 Mazda valued at $115 000.
He was one of only two people who performed a party song at the finals and brought the crowd alive, getting them to move their umbrellas up and down and side to side as the rain came down.
The result seemed to be well-received as shouts of approval echoed across Waterford.
Six-time Party Monarch and last year’s Sweet Soca king Lil Rick was second with 75 points. He performed the second power soca song, Jam Down, in a competition that was dominated by sweet soca. It was energetic and featured The Mighty Grynner.
He went home with $30 000.
Lead Pipe was third, just one point behind Lil Rick. He performed the popular Sometime, and was the first artiste to really move the crowd. There were murmurs of discontent when his placing was announced by emcee Jamarr Browne. His night’s work earned $20 000.
Only the top three positions were announced. The other competitors were Marzville, Betty B, TC, Jamal Slocombe, Sanctuary, Jus D, Biggie Irie, Adrian Clarke, Faith, Marvay, Nathalee, Skung Yung and Shaquille.