Locally produced song wins international soca award

Locally produced song wins international soca award
Fya Empress
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A song produced by locally-based recording studio Slaughter Arts Media has won an international soca award.

“Rum Please,” which was sung by Fya Empress of St Vincent received the “Best Female Power Soca” award in the recently held SAO Soca Awards Limited’s 11th Annual International Soca Awards ceremony in Grenada.

It was produced by Patrice Regis and Nigel Nicholas.

A press release informs that “Rum Please” also led to the crowning of Fya Empress as RoadMarch Queen of St Vincent in 2012, and was the most played and popular song in St Vincent for 2012.

The total list of nominations for the “Best Female Power Soca of the Year” were: “Cinnamon” of St Kitts with a song called “Mash Up”; Claudette “CP” Peters of Antigua with a sing entitled “No Tomorrow”; Destra Garcia of Trinidad and Tobago with “Carry On” and Alison Hinds of Barbados with “Soca Till We Die.”

The International Soca Awards was held at Spice Basket, Beaulieu.

The award ceremony featured over 30 categories and performances, with a red carpet event, pre show, and more.


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  1. St Lucian artist especially those in the soca and calypso arenas seem to believe that they can only sing about politics, sex, and in general everything negative. To compound the issue many of them sing entire songs or at least a majority of the song in Creole. Now, I have no problems with Creole; in fact I believe we should ensure that everything is done to preserve the language. However, musicians need to understand that an audience within the boundaries of St Lucia alone will not bring much benefit. They must begin to sing songs that will generate interest throughout the Caribbean and beyond so that after the carnival season the songs will still appeal to the public. I remember in 1999 while on a trip to Barbados the song “Put a hand” by Morgee was a big hit. In fact on one occasion the radio announcer referred to the song as one with some serious social commentary. And if my memory serves me well in the same year the song “Rum that do me that” by Magilla was also very popular within the entire Caribbean. I need not remind people of the impact “Cry of the unborn child” by Pep had in Trinidad. However, in my opinion most of Yardie’s songs will never be played outside St Lucia for obvious reasons.


  2. Wish we had artistes like Fire Empress and a Skinny Fabulous here in St. Lucia. They are on a different levels than our so called stars.


    • I think we like to put our local artiste down to much, Teddyson John & Alpha are two soca artiste I really think are special in their own rights, the media and society just don't give them what they deserve..


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