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Last year, Just4Fun Car­ni­val band held the first ever Soca Switch Com­pe­ti­tion which was in­tended to be­come an an­nual event. Based on the suc­cess of last year’s event and rec­og­niz­ing the po­ten­tial for growth, the band has de­cided to in­deed make it a part of their calendar again this year. Soca Switch 2016 will be held on Satur­day April 20.

Ac­cord­ing to Just4Fun Car­ni­val Band there are two main rea­sons for this ven­ture. First, to in­cen­tivize Saint Lu­cian artistes to re­lease their mu­sic early in the Saint Lu­cia Car­ni­val sea­son. To that end, the event will be held on the last Satur­day in April each year ahead of the is­land’s car­ni­val sea­son, which peaks in June and ends in July.

Se­condly, the event is seen as a plat­form to pro­vide a pro­fes­sion­ally tele­vised pro­duc­tion fea­tur­ing Saint Lu­cian Soca Mu­sic with the aim of get­ting it broad­cast not just lo­cally but across the re­gion.

The or­ga­niz­ers truly be­lieve that the is­sue of the tra­di­tional late re­lease of mu­sic for Car­ni­val will be ad­dressed by the event, which will af­ford artiste a new plat­form for their mu­sic.

By its very de­sign or­ga­niz­ers say, artistes will have to re­lease new mu­sic to qual­ify for the cash and prices as well as brag­ging rights that come with win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion.

For 2016 reg­is­tra­tion for the Soca Switch Com­pe­ti­tion is free to all Saint Lu­cian’s lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

All Power and Groovy songs re­leased be­fore 10th April, 2016 will au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive en­try into the com­pe­ti­tion for the St. Lu­cia 2016 car­ni­val sea­son. There will be no distinc­tion be­tween Groovy and Power Soca in The SOCA SWITCH com­pe­ti­tion. There will be One Cham­pion, the best over­all per­former will be crowned the reign­ing Soca Switch cham­pion. The reign­ing Soca Switch cham­pion is Mongstar.

Mongstar! Switch win­ner The 2016 Soca NB: All releases should be sent to j4f­so­caswitch@gmail.comprior to the 10th April, 2016.

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