Rikki Jai

Rikki Jai (born Samraj Jaimungal; pronounced [səmərɑːɟə ɟəjəməⁿɡələ]) is an Indo-Trinidadian chutney and chutney-soca musician.

Rikki Jai
Samraj Jaimungal

Friendship Village, Penal-Debe, Trinidad and Tobago
Other namesThe Jaimaster
Spouse(s)Shelly-Ann Jaimungal
Musical career
OriginSouthern Trinidad
GenresChutney, Chutney Soca, Soca
Years active1988–present
Associated actsThe Jaimasters, Drupatee Ramgoonai, Machel Montano, Sundar Popo, Anand Yankaran


Jai's 1988 debut single Sumintra told the tale of an Indo-Trinidadian woman from Debe who informed her boyfriend of her preference for soca over the music of Indian artist Lata Mangeshkar. Jai returned the following year with Pumping, then Bolo and Show Me Yuh Motion. His 1993 song Wine on a Bumsee signalled Jai's exit from the soca world, opting for the chutney soca arena, in which he continues to perform. Jai released Chutney Vibrations, a compilation with soca chutney rhythms and his re-reading of the Juma. His most commercially successful release is Mor Tor featuring fellow Trinidadian soca star Machel Montano. In 2007 he released songs such as Aj Bhi Jeen and Bodi ke Dal, followed by Barman. Jai has won Chutney Soca Monarch a record-breaking six times. In 2011, he won his 6th title with the song White Oak and Water.[citation needed]

In 2001, he tied for first place (with Bunji Garlin) for the "Young King" title and placed second in 2010's "Chutney Soca Monarch".[1]

He was crowned champion at the 2011 Chutney Soca Monarch, and walked away with TT$2 million in prize money.[2]


  1. ^ Seeta Persad (25 June 2010). "Bigger cash prizes for Chutney artistes in 2011". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 12 July 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Rikki Jai wins $2M". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)