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Ambi Advances To International Soca Monarch Finals

Image of Ambi performing 'Sock It Already' at Soca Countdown at Derek Walcott Square in June last year. [PHOTO -- Stan Bishop]

Saint Lucian soca artiste, Ambi, is among the 12 finalists for this year’s Play Weh International Soca Monarch title slated for Friday, February 9, popularly known as Fantastic Friday.

Image of Ambi performing 'Sock It Already' at Soca Countdown at Derek Walcott Square in June last year. [PHOTO -- Stan Bishop]
Ambi performing ‘Sock It Already’ at Soca Countdown at Derek Walcott Square in June last year. [PHOTO — Stan Bishop]

He joins Aaron Duncan, Asten Isaac, Yankee Boy & Rikki Jai, Blaxx, Farmer Nappy, Jadel, M1, Marzville, Orlando Octave, Rome, Turner, and Voice – all of whom will be hoping to clinch this year’s title.

Prize monies up for grabs are as follows: TT$300,000 for first place, TT$200,000 for second place and TT$150,000 for third place.

The semifinal round was held on Thursday evening at the Queen’s Park Savannah Grand Stand in Trinidad where 34 regional artistes performed, including four Saint Lucian acts: Ambi, Hollywood HP, Mighty and Subance, and Motto.

Ambi (real name Ambroise Joseph), is the younger brother of multiple-time title winner for the Groovy Soca, Party Soca and Road March titles in Saint Lucia, Ricky T.

Performing his song, “Sock It Already”, which received mixed reviews here during last year’s Carnival season, Ambi’s hi-octane energy onstage – aided by his three female back-up dancers —
seemed to have impressed the judges, despite being a newcomer to the competition.

Undoubtedly, the latest success for the young soca star is a major achievement. Ambi, who has earned spots in the top four in previous Soca Monarch competitions in Saint Lucia, failed to make the final here last year with “Sock It Already”.

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

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