People’s champion

Online fans chose their soca king

Damien Marvay might not have lifted the Sweet Soca trophy last night, but he was still in winners row, taking the Barbados TODAY Soca Champion title.

Marvay emerged winner after garnering the most votes in the final round of the online voting competition for his popular song Know The Face ahead of nine other finalists.

After walking away with a whopping $10 000 in cash, a shocked Marvay said he was truly humbled that so many of his fans voted for him to win the competition.

“I had no idea so many of them were voting for me. I really appreciate it man! Words can’t even explain it right now but to know that they would do this for me means everything,” he said immediately following last night’s announcement.

Damien Marvay
Damien Marvay


While trying to process the news, he said, “When they called my name I stepped forward and shook the guy’s hand and stepped back. I thought I was third, then the lady told me to step forward and take a picture with the cheque I looked across and saw my name and I kind of just stood there and stared at it. I couldn’t believe that was my name written there,” Marvay added.

He thanked Barbados TODAY for providing the platform for artistes such as him in the winner take all competition.

The other finalists were: Hypasounds, Donnell, Mr Veejay & King Julian, Joaquin, Sammy G, Azizi, Grynner, Faith Callender and Mistah Dale.

Overall, 73 artistes entered this year’s competition and in the final round, over 4,000 votes were recorded.

On Saturday, Browne Star was announced the winner of the Junior Champion competition and took home $2,000. The winner of the Barbados TODAY Pic-O-De-Crop Champion will be crowned on Saturday at the Pic-O-De-Crop finals at Kensington Oval.

4 Responses to People’s champion

  1. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 26, 2016 at 12:07 am

    God bless you, Marvay. The girls know your name and your face.

  2. Tiny July 26, 2016 at 7:57 am

    No ballad should be winning in any soca or Calypso Competition

  3. TinyTin July 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

    You need to get the seasoned and professional Calysonians who know about melody and rhyme and good musical arrangements to teach and the guide these newcomers in order to maintain a proper standard of true Calypso art form

  4. TinyTin July 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

    These new comers need to be taught by the seasoned and professional calypsonians the art of rhyme and melody and arrangements


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