Xclusive Partying with House Of Soca
One of the country’s oldest calypso tents, House Of Soca, is ready to deliver sweet kaiso and biting social commentary when it opens on Sunday night at 7 p.m. at St Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School auditorium.
With a line-up that includes 2011 Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch Popsicle, as well as 2013 Junior Monarch Honesty and former Junior Monarchs Sammy G and Sir Ruel, and Jimmy Dan, Mr Villain, Dre, Franswaa, Sharky, Shelly (formerly Baby Doll), Calli, Mikard and Gallon, manager Sharon Carew-White said the tent was more than “just calypso” –– it was a family too.
“We focus on enhancing the talents of our members and developing youth. To date, we have had seminars, retreats . . . and workshops all aimed at honing their skills,” Carew-White said at the launch of the tent on Friday night at PureOcean Restaurant, Divi Southwinds Beach Resort, St Lawrence.
“ . . . House Of Soca is different from all the other tents. We’re not just House Of Soca; we’re the house of soca, period. We believe in innovation and we are trendsetters. So this year, as in the past, we will be serving our special treat . . . on Lears Plantation. In addition, you will see our Foreday Morning band Xclusive Partying; and some of the plans we have are to build international relations with folks out of England . . . . I was able to secure through Education Today, a prosperous link for the future,” she told the audience, that included Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley, National Cultural Foundation chief executive officer Cranston Browne, the cast, sponsors and others associated with the tent.
In addition to its first show on Sunday and judging night on Thursday, June 26, there will be a kids’ show on July 5 and a breakfast show, titled CYANA (Cancer, You Are Not Alone) on July 12 at Lears Plantation.
It is the origins of the festival on the sugar plantation that prompted Carew-White to have the two shows there, as the members of the tent will be embracing their African culture this year.
Additionally, the tent will be seeking to bring a greater awareness to lung cancer as the tent manager’s brother Sean died recently from the chronic disease.
“We will dedicate this awareness [event] and fund-raiser to this chronic disease,” she added.
During the launch, the Attorney General lauded the “outstanding contribution” of House of Soca calypso tent to Crop Over. He said the “hard work and dedication” over the years of the tent had not gone unnoticed.
The Attorney General said he wished more people would get involved in the national festival and attend the calypso tents. (DS)