Thursday, April 25, 2024

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IF FRIDAY NIGHT’S National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) LIME/ HOTT 95.3 FM Crop Over Mega Cavalcade is the precursor to what is to be expected this Crop Over season, then trust that the festival is going to be a mega event.

   Artistes, both young and experienced, were blazing as scores of soca-thirsty fans came out for the lone cavalcade of the season and to have their appetites satisfied.

Held at Queen’s Park, The City, the event satisfied the audience with performances from Blood, Hypa Sounds, Stiffy, Leadpipe And Saddis, Versewild, Strategy and Imani, Marzville, King Bubba, Lorenzo, Holla Bak, the Lejend Band, Cameraman, as well as newcomers Honesty And De Bong, Jamar and Vince gave them hit after hit with an infusion of some new releases, many of which tantalised the soca lovers.

It was an event that saw entire families come out as they patronised various stalls, including food stalls where many were witnessed sampling local delicacies and liquors of several varieties. It was safe to say, by the look of the very robust hip movements, vivacious conversations and smiling faces, those in earshot of the night’s proceedings enjoyed the atmosphere in Queen’s Park, the sweet sounds of soca and steel pan music complemented the combined school steel orchestra in addition to the vigour of Dancin’ Africa.

There was no denying the show belonged to Gorg, aka Mr Sexy. Coming off a tremendous 2014 season, the 2014 Party Monarch had the audience waiting with bated breath for his new music. Even as MC Jamaar The Star beckoned him to the stage they were calling for Gorgie Worgie. Before taking them down memory lane with his epic hit Mi Rum, Gorg introduced the crowd to his recently released Looka Bumper to a very loud reception.

Known as the Drunken Master, the entertainer teased them with his new rum song Pun Mi Own after which he encouraged patrons to drink responsibly. He then treated them to some older favourites like Keep Drinks Coming.

Also riding high following a fantastic season last year was Sanctuary, who was back with some of the most melodic songs heard thus far. The Mega Monday hit maker has once again collaborated with Antonio Young D Johnson on tracks like Feting Mood and Two Steps. Disc jockey/producer cum singer Jon Doe surprised the audience with an impromptu performance of the somewhat controversial Peter Ram collaboration Sofa King. Though the song is reportedly banned on at least Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation stations, throngs in the audience knew every lyric and sang in unison with the duo.     

There was no taming the inimitable Hypa Dawg Lil Rick. He had the audience “exercising” to his new song Gym Instructor, which many touted as the party song of the season. Closing out the show, Lil Rick pleased those present with snippets of some of his many tunes from through the years. (SDB Media)


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