Chutney artistes tie for monarch title

Ravi B and Omardath Maharaj

SAN FERNANDO, Trinidad – Veteran chutney artiste Omardath Maharaj has captured his first Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) title, tying with three-time winner Ravi B to dethrone defending champion Kris Persad (KI).

The 22nd CSM competition was held on Saturday night at Skinner Park with 20 performances by singers in two categories- the Chutney Soca Monarch and the Ultimate Chutney Challenge.

Maharaj and Ravi B will share the $500,000 (TT) first prize in the Chutney Soca Monarch category.

Another veteran artiste, Chris Garcia, took the Ultimate Chutney Challenge crown with his 1996 hit, Chutney Bacchanal, walking away with the $100,000 (TT) first prize.

Maharaj’s hit, Ramsingh, has been a popular tune at Carnival fetes and Ravi B’s 2017 song, Budget, has also been getting audience approval on the Carnival circuit.

KI placed third with his song Make me do it.