Hollice Mapp, known in the soca area as, Mr. Killa, has announced that he will not be defending his ISM title. In a statement released on Saturday Mapp stated, “It is with great regret that I, Hollice Mapp professionally known as Mr Killa announce my decision to withdraw from the 2020 International Soca Monarch (ISM) Competition. As the reigning Power Soca Monarch King, I was eager to defend my crown but my declaration was not acknowledged by the officials staging the competition. Since arriving in Trinidad and Tobago over a month ago, I have not received any of the courtesies or protocol one would expect to be extended to the current title holder. My presence on the island has been well-known as a result of a press conference organised by my management.
Furthermore, my team and I have been deprived of the details and tools necessary for me to properly prepare for my performance. As it is commonly known, I give nothing less than 100% for each and every performance and my team and I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that it will not be possible to do so in this year’s competition.
It has become apparent that the International Soca Monarch is in a transitional period by the recent resignation of its former Chairman, Ms Fay-Ann Lyons. Ms Lyons explained her decision in a statement of her own in which she was quoted as saying “I have no tools or anything to do the event so rather than try to rush the Soca Monarch I want to give the people a Soca Monarch they deserve.” My team and I have had a similar experience and we have chosen not to compromise my performance or the expectations of the fans.
I will always cherish my historic 2019 competition which resulted in me becoming the first non Trinibagonian to win the International Power Soca Monarch title. This was impactful not just for me personally but for the genre as it heralded that soca music had finally been embraced as an international product that had expanded beyond the shores of its birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago. I sincerely wish the best for the ISM, its new Chairman and the remaining competitors, but I have no choice than to refrain from this competition and instead return my focus to continuing to record, release and perform quality soca music to the best of my ability.”