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Artistes react to drop in Soca Monarch prize, Iwer: It is not about the money

Trinidad Newsday

Neil "Iwer" George.

Neil “Iwer” George says, for many artistes entering the international soca monarch competition it’s not about the money.

George made the statement when asked to comment on the scaled prize money for the 2018 Play Whe International Soca Monarch, now in its 26 year.

It was announced at a press conference on Monday, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s Point Fortin room, that this year’s winner will receive $300,000, second place $200,000 and third place $150,000 while the other seven finalists will receive $50,000 each. However, George said, “I think with the financial climate of the country, people have to be reasonable. When things was good they give us plenty. When it was good, they gave us millions. Now things bad and they give us hundreds, it ain’t no scene.”

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