St. Lucian artiste and performer, Mongstar, has walked away with the trophy from a competition recently held in Martinique to honor Dominican musical legend, Jeff Joseph.
The ‘ALL FOR ONE Caribbean Voice Contest’, was held on October 21 at Salle Aimé Césaire at l’Atrium, Fort-de-France, and saw performers from Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Martin and Trinidad participating.
Mongstar was able to outperform them all to take home the Jeff Joseph Tropy.
Mongstar said he appreciated the hospitality and professionalism of all those who contributed to the success of the competition.
“I’m very pleased to bring this first ‘Jeff Joseph Trophy’ to St Lucia. I’m glad to see that the audience appreciated my performance and I am very proud of Martinique who was able to organize the first edition in such good conditions. I thank all those who supported me and the team of All-4- One,” he said.
The first edition of the annual song contest was modeled after the famous Eurovision Song Festival and supported by the Regional Council of Martinique.
In addition to the artistes, who were specially selected to represent their country or territory by their respective Ministry of Culture or Tourist Board, there were supporting performances by the likes of Lisa Griffith of Barbados, Seal of Martinique and the famous meringue singer, Miriam Cruz, of the Dominican Republic.
For the competition itself, each candidate had to perform two live titles from his or her repertoire, alongside the talented Guy-Marc Vadeleux band from Martinique, before a panel of nine judges.
The dazzling two-hour show was televised in the French West Indies and France and there will be a rebroadcast later this month through Caribvision and selected terrestrial television stations across the region.
Martinican, Loriane Zechariah, was the first runner up and Darline Desca, from Haiti, was second runner up.
Dominica was represented by Joy Stoute.
“We are all Caribbean, we are one. We have the same blood running through our veins and we need to share a lot more to build together a beautiful Caribbean unity,” St Lucian, Mongstar, said.