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Fully loaded with talent at De Big Show


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ENCORE AFTER ENCORE till emcee Mac Fingall had to tell the crowd, “encore don’t come so”.

The big guns came out to make big things happen at the First Citizen Digicel De Big Show last night at the Sea Rocks Dome in Maxwell, Christ Church.

When the curtain closed, four people “earned” the right to be brought back on stage: former monarch Mikey (below), reigning Sweet Soca monarch Biggie Irie who threw out a warning to Ronnie Clarke (“I coming fuh yuh”); Classic and Adonijah who threw some licks into Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. mikey

Gabby, missing from the tents for a while made a re-appearance, while Red Plastic Bag (RPB) ended the show with all his tentmates on stage singing along to his Sweet Soca entry.

De Big Show has a lot of big guns in the tent (in terms of crowns), and has seemed to have gone the way of more party tunes than social commentary.

Jamal Slocombe, PompeySerenaderAdonijah, Mikey, Biggie and Classic all did social commentaries.

Biggie Irie delivered a big performance with Singing Competition and Ronnie Clarke got a special mention as Biggie said Ronnie threw the first punch by calling him Notorious B.I.G. in a song.

“I coming for you Ronnie Clarke. Miss Press lady, put that in the paper. I see you writing it down. Ronnie Clarke you need to come with musical ammunition or stay away from this competition,” he said.

The second song was Sweet Kinda Way and this one is earmarked for Bushy Park.

The Mighty Gabby is still unsure about competition but delivered Reparation as the second to last performer.

Based on crowd response and chit chat many think Red Plastic Bag has the Sweet Soca title already bagged as they helped him sing Spontaneous, to close the show at midnight. When the ten-member band and Fingall said goodnight, everyone was still singing the song, even the remaining tentmates who had joined RPB on stage.

Other performers included Edwin Yearwood (below) who did a lukewarm version of Party Ah De Year; Natahlee with Bacchanal Zombie and Marvay’s uptempo Survive The Weekend.

It is a pity that TC will not be competing with Under The Influence. Don Trent returned to the stage with When Tomorrow Comes and prolific Mr Dale was ready to Celebrate



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