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Kahalia, Cleopatra out front as Vincy Mas launches
10.05.2016 - Lyf Compton

lAunch of Vincy MasTwo women, took home the three crowns up for grabs at the launch of Vincy Mas 2016 on Saturday May 7th at Carnival City, Victoria Park.

Aurella 'Kahalia' Beache and Cleo 'Cleopatra' Hendrickson showed that they are a force to be reckoned with in the Calypso and Soca arenas when Kahalia won the Carnival Development Corporation's (CDC) Best New Song Ragga Soca and Best New Song Soca competitions and Cleopatra took home the Best New Song Calypso crown.

Kahalia, a veteran performer in the new song competitions who has won the Calypso and Ragga New Song crowns before said that she was sick and not at 100% during her performances but still managed to win.

"I was on stage running at about 60%. I really wasn't feeling well but I am so happy that I put in enough effort to win and this is amazing. I've won Calypso and Ragga and never the Soca segment so I am happy about the Soca segment", said Kahalia.

Her winning Ragga Soca song 'Aye' was written by Alex Barnwell and herself while her Soca song 'Take over' was written by her and recorded at Express Studio in Carriacou.

Kahalia beat Kamara 'Keido' Foster with 'Frass' and Ozarie Matthews with 'Bend Ova' in the Ragga Soca category.

Beache said that this year, it is not about competing but about establishing herself.

"I didn't really come here to compete, I just looked at it as an event that I was performing at…so yeah I am going to take part in the other events to validate and solidify myself", said Beache.

The other winner on the night, Cleopatra said that her song, 'Love and Respect' calls for better treatment of the elderly.

Cleopatra beat last year's winner Kingsley 'Hero' Roberts who did a song called 'Fourth test' and Grantley 'Ipa' Constance who did 'For Better or Worse'.

Performing for the third time in the CDC's Best New Song Calypso competition, Cleopatra, a member of the Upstage Xperience Calypso tent, said that she "feels good" about winning. Her song was written by Eddie DuBerry, a US based writer.

"I just tried to send a message to the youths to have a little patience, have a little love and help them (elderly) in any way they can", said Cleopatra.

The launch of Vincy Mas 2016, apart from having the New Song competitions saw presentations from the various Carnival Mas Bands as well as a showcase from the J'ouvert Fanatics. The Miss St. Vincent and the Grenadines pageant contestants also made an appearance where they were each sashed by their sponsors.

The event had performances from FLOW artistes like Delroy 'Fireman' Hooper, Rondy 'Luta' McIntosh and Shane 'Hypa 4000' Husbands. Other artistes that entertained included Chewalee Johnson with 'Rumist' and 'Blama' with 'One Hit'.