||Last Updated: Nov 22, 2013 - 12:22:44 PM
Mongstar sung his way to winners' row
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique - St. Lucian performer Mongstar won the inaugural Jeff Joseph Trophy of the "ALL FOR ONE Caribbean Voice Contest."
recently at Salle Aimé Césaire de l'Atrium in Martinique, the exciting
final of the first annual pan-Caribbean song contest showcased artists
from nine Caribbean islands.
Modeled after the famous Eurovision
Song Festival, and supported by the Regional Council of Martinique, the
contest finalists were drawn from Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, the
Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Martin and
Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition to the contestants, who were
selected by their respective ministry of culture or tourist board, the
evening featured supporting artists Lisa Griffith of Barbados, Seal of
Martinique and the iconic meringue singer Miriam Cruz of the Dominican
Each candidate had to perform two titles, slow and fast
tempos, from their repertoire in front of a jury of nine
representatives from each of the competing islands. Contestants were
accompanied by the talented Guy Marc Vadeleux band from Martinique.
dazzling two-hour show was televised in the French West Indies and
France and will be rebroadcast later this month through Caribvision and
selected television stations across the region.
winner, Mongstar, appreciated the hospitality and professionalism of
those who contributed to the success of the competition.
very pleased to bring this first 'Jeff Joseph Trophy' to St. Lucia. I'm
glad to see that the audience appreciated my performance and I am very
proud of Martinique (which) was able to organize the first edition (so
well). I thank all those who supported me and the team of ALL FOR ONE."
Loriane Zacharie was
judged first runner-up and Darline Desca from Haiti second runner-up.
"The result is not what matters to me," said Desca, "because from the
beginning, I considered ALL FOR ONE as a most extraordinary platform for
exchanging and sharing with other Caribbean islands. For me it was
special to be in Martinique for the first time."
"ambassadors" embraced the memories of the musical and cultural
adventure and marveled at their common heritage which expresses itself
though different languages and musical genres.
"We are all
Caribbean, we are one. We have the same blood running through our veins
and we need to share a lot more to build together a beautiful Caribbean
unity," said the winner Mongstar.
The organizers are looking
forward to hosting the second edition of ALL FOR ONE next year with even
more entrants from different nations and territories.
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