$500k for 2023 Chutney Soca Monarch

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$500k for 2023 Chutney Soca Monarch

One million in prizes is up for grabs when the Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) competition is held in 2023.

In fact, the winner of the event is set to take home $500,000.
The second prize is $100,000 and $75,000 for third place. The seven other finalists will receive $35,000.

Director at Southex Event Management George Singh, who is promoter of the competition, said he hoped to restore the prize structure to the way it was before the pandemic.

Singh said: “The 2023 edition of the annual CSM will be the biggest production that we have ever undertaken over the 27-year history of the event – since 1996. Our stage will feature the biggest exposition of Indo-Caribbean culture. Chutney Soca Monarch, or CSM, remains the most important Indo-Caribbean event in the world, highlighting our Caribbean culture in a very unique manner.”

CSM will be hosted by Toronto native Rumshop Chronicles, with the support of “Big Rich” Zaheer Khan. The back-up band for all artistes will be RG the Band, headed by Rishi Gayadeen.

Singh said he expects 80 to 100 applicants for the preliminary stage, to be whittled down to 20 for the semi-finals. During the pandemic, the preliminaries netted around 50 entrants.

The semi-finals take place at Screamers in Debe on January 14, 2023 and the finals on February 4, 2023 at Skinner Park, San Fernando.