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 ‘Soca Diva’ will not defend her title in 2023, says she is going on a ‘cultural journey’

Groovy Soca Monarch, Claudette ‘CP’ Peters and her son after the 2022 Party Monarch competition. (Photo by Latrishka Thomas)

By Latrishka Thomas

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If you missed the performance of Claudette ‘CP’ Peters on Saturday, you may not get a chance to see her compete in the country’s Party Monarch competition again.

“I am done,” Peters told Observer on Saturday moments after winning her 10th crown in the INET Party Monarch finals.

“It’s a cultural journey I’m going to embarking on from now until 2023 onwards,” she added.

“It has been a challenge. I can’t take it anymore,” she said noting that she has been in the business for 21 years.

“The industry is not easy. I am sure a lot of persons have been seeing the back and forth. I’m not even talking about this year alone. It has been going on for the past couple of years, “she said.

Peters, who is sometimes referred to as the Soca Diva, explained that she has bigger and better things in mind and will help to preserve and promote the twin island’s culture.

“It’s just the time now to make sure that our upcoming artistes are well groomed and crafted into the industry by all means necessary, that we are able to go outside and do what we have to do.

“I have decided to take up the mantle to make sure myself and the ministry do what we have to do. This win means something. It needs to mean something,” she said with excitement in her voice.

The Party Monarch competition took place on Saturday. The artistes pulled out all of their tricks out of their hats, giving the crowd drama and excitement in their performances.

Peters won the Groovy segment with her song ‘Stressless.’ In her performance she reminded the audience of rich Antigua and Barbuda’s culture really is.

Following behind her was first runner-up Tian Winter who brought his A game with his song “Baddest”, while Menace XL put on a show-stopping, patriotic performance with his song ‘Brave’ to cop the second runner-up spot.

Meanwhile, Lyrics Man ended the night with a band, winning the Jumpy category with his song ‘How me sound.’

Menace XL and Tian Winter switched places in this category by nabbing the first and second runner-up up prizes, respectively.



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