DEFENDING International Soca Monarch Hollice “Mr Killa” Mapp scoffed at former health minister Dr Fuad Khan’s claim that soca music causes gender violence by saying the world’s most violent countries do not have soca music.
He held a briefing at Maraval on Monday ahead of the 2020 Carnival season, at which Newsday asked about the controversy.
After three men recently kileld their female partners, Khan said Carnival songs make men feel the degradation of women is okay, leading rejected men to view women only as sex objects and to abuse them.
Mapp rejected Khan’s reasoning, saying, “Did he smoke?
“You never hear a soca saying to beat someone or kill anybody. I don’t know how he made a connection.”
Mapp said in past years, soca had not existed, yet men had killed women.
He said people in this society were now subject to many stresses, apart from any influence from soca.
“Soca helps you to relax. Soca is medicine.”
Otherwise, Mapp disclosed that in July/August, he will do a collaboration with Barrington Levy, Shaggy, Capleton and One Track.
Newsday asked if he was feeling the vibe to repeat his success last year at International Soca Monarch. He replied that many people had asked him that.
“When you have a great hit, how do you follow that?” he mulled aloud. Recalling Kees Dieffenthaller’s Savannah Grass, Machel Montano’s Famalay and his own Run With It, Mapp said, “Those songs were monsters, worldwide monster soca hits. So how do you expect to follow that?”
He said soca artistes like himself were now put in the same position as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt having run his best-ever race and then being asked to top that feat. Mapp said things fluctuate and so artistes must see where the musical styles were heading.
“The songs this year are also good. The year is starting a bit slow in TT.”
He said after winning in 2019, he has had an amazing year, with his hits repeatedly played on top US reality TV show, Housewives of Atlanta.
“The world is looking to us for help for the vibes. Hats off to soca. Well done, artistes.”
He thanked fans, friends and family for their support.
“Big up Grenada and Mum!”
He said that after winning in 2019, everything in his life ha