The list of 25 semi-finalists for the International Bashment Soca Monarch competition is now out.
It was released last evening by the organisers 4d Entertainment Inc. and included six foreign acts among the lineup.
This year has seen an increase in artistes from overseas, an indication that the genre is growing and spreading internationally.
Some of the popular entrants include King Bubba FM, Jagwa the champ, returning overseas entrant Sita the lyrical Diva, Marz Ville and former King Stiffy.
Twelve of the semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges and voting by the public, to compete against reigning International Bashment Soca Monarch, Lil Rick in the finals.
The overall winner of that will walk away with 60 thousand dollars, second place will receive 15 thousand dollars and third place five thousand dollars.
The competition takes place on July 6th at Pirates Cove.