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Showtime at Chutney Soca Monarch final

Published: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Michael Ramroop, aka Showtime. Photo by:Peter Blood

Michael Ramroop, aka Michael S'obrian, is back and in his own words he wants "to make chutney great again."

Going by the sobriquet Showtime, Ramroop is one of the finalists in Saturday's Chutney Soca Monarch competition with the song Mr Popular.

Showtime is a native of Montreal, Canada and his parents, Allan and Dolly Ramroop, are from Gasparillo, South Trinidad.

He began his career at a young age and has roots in the music business on the maternal side of his family that includes the Ramnarine family of Gasparillo who are members of Dil-e-Nadan.

Showtime said he feels good about going up against big names in the CSM as Ravi B, KI and Rikki Jai adding "I love healthy competition."

Showtime, made his debut on the Chutney Soca scene in 2015 with Heavy Drinkah, a popular track, that featured his cousin Raymond Ramnarine, lead singer of Dil-e-Nadan.

Prior to entering the Chutney Soca arena, Showtime sang covers of Caribbean hits and Bollywood tracks with his Montreal-based band, T&T Express.

Speaking about his 2017 offering he said: "The song Mr Popular was an idea I had last year and I thought that since everyone is usually singing about stealing someone's girl or being that womaniser-type figure, I'd probably touch on the subject as well but do it in a way that's never been done before," he said.

"So I decided to go past stealing a girl or two and decided to be that figure that can steal them all. And so Mr Popular was born.

"The song was written and produced by me and I also had co-writers and producers on the track by the names of Kevin R and 24K."

He continued: "My goals in music are very simple. Make great music and make it enjoyable to everyone.

"In a world where there are so many great divides music is the one true unifier.

"It's what brings people together and I'd love to be responsible for that type of positivity as much as possible through out my career."

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