Soca Monarch 2016 winners receive their prizes
“Nothing in life comes easy or before its time.” This sentiment was expressed by 2016 International Soca Monarch winner, Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis, as he collected his cheque during the prize distribution ceremony hosted by Caribbean Prestige Foundation at the NLCB Hospitality Suite, Queen’s Park Oval on Tuesday March 22, 2016.
He also advised aspiring artistes to keep pursuing their dreams, while staying humble. St. Louis took home the one million-dollar first prize, following his performance of “Cheers to Life” on Fantastic Friday night.
Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts delivered the feature address, saying that “in many ways, this Carnival signaled the changing of the guard with new faces like Aaron St. Louis – the Voice and Devon Seale, earning their place in winner’s row and in Carnvial history.”
CPF Chairman, Peter Scoon hailed this year’s show as the most successful in its 24-year history and urged artistes to continue to push soca music out into the world.
Akeem Chance – Preedy collected 750-thousand dollars for placing second, while Patrice Roberts and Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart each received 300-thousand dollars for joint third place.
The remaining eleven finalists received 100-thousand dollars each.
Dr. The Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (centre), along with Soca Monarch winner, Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis (second right) and Chairman of CPF, Peter Scoon (second left), after he was presented with his cheque for one million dollars.