Wenhal Gerald, better known as Alpha in the soca arena, has withdrawn from the Groovy and Power Soca Competitions, which takes place tomorrow, Saturday July 13.
According to a press release, Alpha decided to withdraw from the competition because of “very little air play of his songs, the low quality of the commercials advertising the competitions, no paid slots by the organisers to push the music of the finalist on the various radio stations, which would lead to the definite hype of the competitions, and very little support on the ground as subventions still have not been received”.
The statement added: “In the realisation of the finance, effort and energy to be invested at this time in the competitions under the above mentioned circumstances, he has decided that he would rather make these investments towards the future of his career. He will be concentrating on his upcoming album and videos to accomplish his goals in the immediate future and hopes that his fans will continue to support him. Alpha would like to apologize to his fans, many of which have stood by him throughout his career, but unfortunately he had to make this very tough decision.”
Alpha is the former three-peat Power Soca Monarch (2004, 2005 and 2006) and the Groovy Soca Monarch for 2009 and 2010. He also won the Road March title in 2004 with his well known song, ‘Dong De Road’.
He was successful in moving into the finals this year of both competitions with his Groovy Soca song, ‘Jouvert’, and his Power Soca song, ‘I Buy’.