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Man with a plan! Ramon G is 2019 Soca Monarch

- Jevaughn J. Parsons aka ‘JJ’ takes First Runner Up spot
2019 Soca Monarch Ramon George aka Ramon G displays his crown and trophies won at the Prime Time Festiville on August 3, 2019. Photo: VINO
Ramon George aka Ramon G with his dance team for the 2019 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival’s Soca Competition. Photo: Facebook
Ramon George aka Ramon G with his dance team for the 2019 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival’s Soca Competition. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Ramon George aka Ramon G came to the 2019 Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival’s Soca Competition on a ‘Rampage’, wrestling the crown from two-time winner Jevaughn J. Parsons aka ‘JJ’ at the Prime Time Festiville in Road Town, Tortola, on August 3, 2019.

Ramon G's song ‘Rampage’ invited persons to really have fun and go on a rampage during the August Monday Parade.

"We on a rampage, on the Road Parade Day, we going leave it ablaze..." Ramon G sang.

Ramon G also set the stage on fire on this way to the coveted crown, winning prizes for Best Performance and Best Arrangement, and a cash prize of $6,500.

‘JJ’, who received a prize for Best Lyrics, was named First Runner Up. He collected $2,500.

Diffy, with his song ‘Sip Sip’, won the Second Runner Up spot and $1000.

“I came in with a plan” – Ramon G

“My coming into the competition this year was with a plan. My plan was to raise the bar and the Soca music coming especially from the BVI,” said 2019 Soca Monarch Ramon G.

The newcomer to the stage said he has a passion for the art form and wishes to see the standard of the music raised in the Virgin Islands, “Not just the BVI but the [US] Virgin Islands as a whole because I am from Saint Thomas but my grandparents are all from the BVI, so I have BVI roots.”

He added, “If you want to see a change you have to change yourself first.” For him the change he has made was to step from being a back ground person on the drums for which he is best known for, to singing.

“A lot of persons didn’t know that I had all these other talents (singing),” said Ramon G, who added that he has been quietly behind the scenes writing and producing music.

Among the local performers who has benefited from his talent is Joycelyn Searles aka Sistah Joyce.

“I produce a lot of music. I produce her [Sistah Joyce] music and she has won a few times.”

According to Ramon G, participating in the competition this year was without fear or focus on what the others were doing. He said the focus was on his plan and hitting the stage doing his best.

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