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Fimber "Fimba" Jardine is the defending Ragga Soca Monarch. (iWN file photo)
Fimber “Fimba” Jardine is the defending Ragga Soca Monarch. (iWN file photo)
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Ragga Soca Monarch 2018, Fimber “Fimba” Jardine captured the 2018 Road March title with his hugely popular “Funky Business”, while SVG Players International retained the band of the year title.

The Carnival Development Corporation said on Wednesday that in the Road March competition, Fimba secured 49 points, just 3 points more than Delroy “Fireman” Hooper.

Hooper retained the Power Soca Monarch crown on Saturday in the same show in which that Fimba won his first soca crown.

Fireman’s Road March second place was secured with his song “Amen”, the rendition of which sent soca lovers into euphoria on Saturday but triggered accusations of sacrilege among some members of the Christian community.

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Third place in the Road March competition went to   Antonio “Small Circle” Edwards, with his song, “Eggplant”, which generated 38 points.

“Eggplant” also tied with Shane “Hypa 4000” Husbands’ “Top Man” for third place in the Power Soca competition.

Meanwhile, SVG Players International amassed 515 points to secure a 7-point victory over Mirage Productions in the Band of the Year competition.

Players’ presentation was “Legends of the Soca Monarch — ‘Best of the Best’” while Mirage focused on “With Flying Colours”.

Third, fourth and fifth places went to Xtreme FM 104.3 G & T Enterprise Lynx Mas Band’s “Devastating Elements”, BMC Amerijet Magic 103.7FM Blondie Bird & Friends’ “Phobia” and Nelson Bloc’s “A Journey Through Africa”, which earned 483,

479, and 476 points.

In the Junior Band Of The Year competition, Blondie Bird & Friends was first, with Players, Nelson Bloc and Metrocint High Voltage Mas Production’s “Exotic Beaches” in second, third and fourth position.