Defending champion Ravi B pulls out Chutney Soca Monarch competition

The winner of this year’s Chutney Soca Monarch will walk away with $300,000 in cash as a first prize, while the second and third place will get $100,000 and $70,000 respectively, a statement by the organiser, Southex said.

All other competitors will receive $35,000 each.

The prizes were confirmed by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.

Southex says a sum of $750,000 has been allocated to the prizes for Chutney Soca Monarch 2018.

EMA says it will uphold Noise Pollution laws throughout Carnival

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is reminding the public and event promoters of the requirement to apply for, obtain and abide by a Noise Variation Permit where amplified sound equipment will be used.

The EMA says this legal requirement is in accordance with the Noise Pollution Control Rules (NPCR).

A Noise Variation Permit issued by the EMA sets out the sound levels that an event promoter is allowed to emit.

Chutney Soca Final back at Skinner Park

Southex has announced that it has been able to reach an agreement with the Mayor of San Fernando, the City Council and by extension the San Fernando City Corporation for the rental of Skinner Park San Fernando for the Chutney Soca Monarch Final.

It says in a statement that the finals will now be retained at Skinner Park, San Fernando, its home for 22 years.

The final takes place on Saturday 27th January.

Raj's lawyers tell Kenneth Supersad to cease and desist with "The Raj Story"

Chutney singer Kenneth Supersad has been served with legal letters seeking to stop him from performing his 2018 song,”De Raj Story”.

The letter was served by attorney Wendy Ramnath-Panday, representing “Raj”, who shot into popularity after a video went viral online on a confrontation between him and his wife who alleged that he was cheating.