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Omardath eyes the crown

‘SINCE I win the Monarch and buy a motor car, she keep calling meh number. She went so far to even send me a picture.’

A true story by defending Chutney Soca Monarch Omardath Maraj, who tied for first place with Ravi Bissambhar (Ravi B) in last year’s competition.

Maraj will be performing his song ‘Me or My Motor Car’ at the finals next week Saturday, at Skinner Park, San Fernando.

The song tells a true story of how Maraj’s life changed after he became joint-winner in 2017.

Maraj said the song tells of how he was no longer invisible and how women began showing interest after he rewarded himself with a brand new car.

Laughing as he told his story, Maraj said he was a simple person.

He said he had worked hard to build himself as an artiste and was enjoying the success. The song was remixed with soca star Bunji Garlin.

‘I always wanted to do a song with a soca artiste,’ said Maraj. ‘Last year, when we were performing on a cruise, I saw Bunji and asked if he would be interested in doing a song together, he gave me his number. When we came home I went to him and reminded him about the song. He wanted to hear it but I didn’t have a recording. I started to beat the table and sing the song and he liked it.’

Maraj said the song was recorded three weeks ago by Maha Productions. Since then, ‘Me or My Motor Car’ has been playing on radio stations.

Maraj said he was pleased with the response and was looking forward to a bumper Carnival season.


Reminiscing on his year as the reigning Chutney Soca Monarch, Maraj said he had travelled the world performing at fetes, nightclubs and even private parties.

‘It has been an amazing journey. I have been out of the country most times. The past year I was fully booked. People loved ‘Ramsingh Sharma’, as they loved ‘Balkissoon’. Even the young children singing the songs. It is really a good feeling to see people enjoy themselves to your songs,’ he said.

Maraj began his singing career back in the late ’90s and then formed a band, Spread Pal Crew, in 2004. His first hit song was ‘Ring Bang’ which is still a favourite¬†at parties.

Since then he has churned out many hits, including ‘Devanand’, ‘Balkissoon’, ‘Army’ and ‘Ramsingh Sharma’.

Maraj said he was looking forward to the finals of this year’s Chutney Soca Monarch.

‘I am going there to defend my title,’ he said.

Not wanting to share details of his production, Maraj said he was coming out to impress the judges and audience.

Asked whether he would be accompanied on stage by Garlin at the finals, Maraj smiled: ‘Well, you will just have to wait and see.’

-Carolyn Kissoon

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