Nevis Culturama Festival
Soca Monarch Contest
Judging Criteria
(POWER SOCA MONARCH CONTEST)

LYRICS (20) POINTS

DICTION (5 pts)
Quality of articulation. (Is the performer effectively communicating the song and improving the understanding of its lyrics?)

COMPOSITIONS (5 pts)
The lyrics should support the basic theme of the song and must be compatible with the party atmosphere to be created. (Is the treatment of the topic original? Topic should be well introduced, developed and rounded off. Does it contain catchy hooks and have an easy sing along style?)

CREATIVITY (5 pts)
How well does the singer manage to play on words and effectively use the “double entendre”? (Is the song relatively straight forward or is it engaging?)

THEME EXPRESSION/CONTENT (Quality) (5 pts)
The lyrics should stick to the general theme of the composition. (There should be a general structure in the story that the song tells and the direction should be clear.)

MUSIC (30 POINTS)

MELODY (15pts)
Strengths and weakness of the melody. (Does it seem complete with a clear sense of inner design? Does the tune carry the message effectively? Is it married to the lyrics in terms of measurement? Does it capture the mode of the theme?)

ARRANGEMENT (10 pts)
Does it suit the mood and tempo? Does it have the proper key of orchestration? Does the key carry the melody effectively? Effectiveness of back-up vocals.

ORIGINALITY (5 pts)
Are the melody and arrangement original? (Are pieces of other people’s music included? Are there novel music ideas in the arrangements or melody? Is there any successful incorporation of unusual musical instruments or combination of instruments?)

PERFORMANCE (50 POINTS)

RENDITION (5 pts)
The way the singer uses the voice to effectively interpret the song. (Expression of nuances of vocal chords and harmony. Is the singer using the proper key? Is there accurate pitch? Is the mode of the song reflected in the singing style?)

USE OF STAGE (5 pts)
How effectively does the performer reach the audience within the span of the entire stage? Effective microphone technique.

PRESENTATION (20 pts)
This includes the use of dress props, stagehands and dancers. (Are these symbols of communication assisting or interfering with the presentation of the song. Are they original symbols?)

CROWD RESPONSE (10 pts)
How does the singer effectively use the call and response to effect? (Is the performer able to have the crowd mimic his own energy level and antics; the performer’s gesticulation as with the use of rags and flags etc.?)

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