On February 9, the Municipal Bus Park in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) will definitely come alive as the Carib Soca Monarch semi-final is held there, with over 15 artistes competing with one objective at heart – that is to make the finals.
All eyes will be focused on how Lindener Brandon Harding can perform among the big guns to retain his title. He will not be performing in the semi-final round, but will defend his title at D’Urban Park on February 16.
This year, three-time Soca Monarch Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo has reentered the competition but this does not, in any way, scare the budding artistes away.
In fact, Harding, who is presently promoting his new single “Alone”, is ready for the challenge. “I’m glad he’s back… to be the best, you have to beat the best,” he declared.
Also, he said, Primo is rated as one of Guyana’s top performers while he is an upcoming legend and this he intends to prove in the finale. Since winning the competition, Harding has released five new songs. These include “Alone”, his Soca Monarch entry, which was produced by Way North and recorded in Iceland Studio in St Lucia. The song was written by Harding and Ari Lance.
“The song is about believing in yourself, also talks about enjoying yourself all alone, not needing someone to make you happy or tell you that you are great,” the reigning Soca Monarch stated.
When asked about defending his title, Harding stated that he would defend the crown in fine style, noting that his fans could expect an energetic performance, full of vibes and entertainment.
“I will not get into details, but I want Guyana to come out and witness the show on February 16.”
In addition to “Alone”, since winning the crown, Harding has recorded “Baddest Thing” featuring “Freezy”; “Honey”; “Blessing” and “Woman” featuring Antonio Blaze out of Guyana. These songs were recorded in New York, St Lucia, and Guyana.