Soca artists boosting visitors to Grenada for Spicemas


Grenada's carnival festivities better known as Spicemas, a clever name linking the uniqueness of its carnival activities and Grenada's thriving spice industry is here once again in all its excitement, colours and flavour. Grenada's primary spice the Nutmeg playing a staring role, from its inclusion on the national flag, Tourism logo branding Pure Grenada, The Spice of the Caribbean, Grenada Olympics Committee logo amongst others. Spicemas has been gaining popularity over the years due in part to Grenada Tourism Association (GTA) marketing efforts, the success of Grenada's athletes at international events, the growing yatching industry, the increase accommodations and airlift, the increase in quality of Grenada's music (especially Soca Music) among other things. This year's most notably increase in visitors for the carnival season seems to steam from the excellent showing of the Grenadian Soca artistes at the Fantastic Friday International Soca Monarch Competition held in Trinidad and Tobago.

It was dubbed, "The clash of the islands". The International Soca Monarch (ISM) saw Trinidadian artists going head to head with their regional counterparts, with a five party contingent from Grenada. The Grenada Soca sensations included, V'ghn, Mandella Linkz in the Groovy Soca section and Lil Natty and Thunder, Mr. Legz and Mr. Killa in the Power Soca section.

Needless to say the clash of the islands was won by Grenada, with three Grenadians placing among the top six acts of the competition, versus two for Trinidad and a St. Lucian. Mr. Killa (Hollice Mapp) going in as a favourite, emerged victorious with the $1 million Power Soca Monarch crown for his outstanding performance and sensational hit, Run Wid It. Third place in the power battle went to Hector “Mr. Legz” Thomas with Wining Challenge. The other podium spot was taken by Grenadian V’ghn (Jevaughn John) who placed third with Trouble In the Morning in the groovy category – won by Trinidadian Marvin “Swappi” Davis singing, Party Start and St Lucia’s Teddyson John coming in second with Vent. Though Lil Natty (Dingaan Henry) and Thunda (Nyelon Williams), who sang Get in Your Section and Mandella Linkz (Mandella Mc Donald), who sang Tombstone did not place in the top three, they received an outstanding crowd response and the adoration of fans old and new.

As owners of Grenada apartments, vacation rentals in Grenada (GreenzCove Apartments), we have noticed a spike in bookings for the Carnival season 2019 from March shortly after the ISM and all the way into August. Though the amount of apartments in Grenada are increasing along with the increase in hotels and thus an overall increase in room stock, it seems that there is still a shortage for this Carnival Season. With people looking to book during the last few day leading up to official carnival days, 3rd to 13th August. This may be due it part to the increase of quality of music produced by Grenadian Soca artistes over the years and their growing popularity not only national wide, but regionally and internationally as well. This fact has been made more apparent by their performances and outstanding results at the ISM and only realised by many, even Grenadians alike, after this event.

It is high time that we recognise our extremely talented artists, not only in Soca but in Calypso, Pan music, RnB, Reggae and other genres. We should not wait for outside confirmation to know that we have enormous talent here in Grenada, the Spice Isle. Let us appreciate, support and promote our local artists and help them to keep raising the bar, as this will not only benefit the artists themselves but it will also benefit the Tourism Industry and Grenada on a whole. Also, we would like to encourage all artists to take pride in their music, use social media and other means to promote yourself to the world and realise that your music can have a profound effect on its listeners from kids to adults.

Note: Links to official pages of the artist mentioned about were provided where available, to enable you to support these talented Caribbean artists. Click on their names and enjoy!