Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – One of the organizers of the recently concluded virtual calypso, soca and ragga soca monarch competitions, Candace Sealey, says that the success of the events shows that the public has a huge interest in the virtual formats of the events.
In a recent interview, Sealey told One News SVG that “there is huge interest by the public whether it be locally or abroad, in a virtual event in calypso, in soca, in ragga”.
“The virtual calypso monarch, at the close of the show would have ad an audience of about 9,100 views which is fantastic for calypso, and twenty something thousand comments. Whether people were watching directly or they had watch parties that other people were watching as well on social media and otherwise, the fact is that there was interest in it,” Sealey said.
The virtual events were held on July 4 and 5, 2020. The inaugural Virtual Ragga and Soca Monarch competitions were held on July 4, while the inaugural Virtual Calypso Monarch competition was held on July 5.
The Virtual Soca and Ragga Soca Monarch competitions, and the Virtual Calypso Monarch competition were organized by STV Online, Ignite, and Envy, with Steve Wallace, Candace Sealey, and Lester Iroha being the engineers of the historic online events.
The St. Vincent Brewery Limited and Digicel, were the main sponsors of the event. Other corporate entities also provided support and prizes.
Saturday’s ragga and soca monarch competitions and Sunday’s calypso competition took place on the same dates the national ragga soca, soca and calypso monarch competitions organized by the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC), were slated to happen this year.
The planned CDC events, along with the entire hosting of Vincy Mas 2020 were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.