PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced on Friday that thirteen individual singers and two bands are registered to participate in the 2017 Carnival Road March competition. They will all attempt to dethrone two-time reigning monarch Rumari “Rumer” Rogers.
SCDF has made a slight change with the scheduling of the Road March competition for Carnival 2017. For the last five years, the event was held together with the Senior Calypso Eliminations. However, for 2017 the foundation has decided to combine the event with the Band Clash competition.
“We think these two events go great together. They are on the same energy level and create the atmosphere we want to see on that night,” SCDF President Alston Lourens said. “The Calypso Eliminations is a different event with a different, much older crowd. With the influx of young singers into the Road March competition, it was clear that the two didn’t work well together. But with Band Clash we have the perfect mix.”
The 15 competing singers include quite a number of newcomers and two bands. Competing on Saturday, April 8, will be (stage names) Yo Highness Ahmiie, Dee, Dice Maejor, Miss Exqweezeen, Mr. Oezy, Lyrics, 4M HD, Uncle Brasi ft Baby Face, Mighty Pepper, Boogie G. Suave, Georgie-Boy, Da BiG-BaD XP, Empress Dee, Previn Hodge and King James.
“We hope to start hearing some music from these artistes very soon and look forward to great support from the public,” Lourens said.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/63061-13-singers-2-bands-vying-for-road-march-crown