Destra rocks Farley Hill
by Davandra Babb
The usually serene historic Farley Hill National Park was transformed yesterday into a kaleidoscope
of colourful flags, rags and tents, with a multitude of soca lovers.
From as early as midday, many patrons had already started filling the venue ready to “get down” and enjoy the outdoor show. By 1 p.m., thousands had been packed into the St Peter venue, with hardly room to manoeuvre. But those soca junkies did not mind. And from all reports, by the end of the show it was clear they were not disappointed.
Traffic jams were also the order of the day as many a motorist searched for the prime parking spot to avoid the long walk to the show venue.
Waiting was yet a feature of the day as the several long lines outside the park attested.
But once inside, it was time to get right into the action. From early, patrons jammed to the music of Bajan artistes like Stiffy, Leadpipe And Saddis, Don Trent, Biggie Irie, Kirk Brown, iWeb, Imani and the
They all set the pace for the Queen Of Bacchanal Destra, who followed. She was the one the crowd was waiting to see; and she delivered in fine form.
She began her set with her Bajan-produced and ever-popular Lucy, patrons singing along word for word. Included in the set were some of her biggest hits: Bacchanal, Bonnie And Clyde, It’s Carnival and Just A Little Bit.
However, Destra did not get to enjoy her full hour set because of time constraints. She openly stated she did not like being rushed.
In an interview with Barbados TODAY after her performance, Destra said being rushed had thrown her off, but she was not blaming anyone.
“I was unsettled by the time I got here. I had to rush on stage. Usually, I like to be here like an hour before so I can settle and so on . . . .
“When they came and told me I had five minutes left, it threw me off. I did the best I could with what I had. I don’t blame anybody or anything like that. I felt a little bit unprepared but its okay; everything turned out okay,” she explained.
Be that as it may, though, Destra said she thoroughly enjoyed the time she had on stage and could not wait to be back.
“It warmed my heart to hear them singing Lucy. I love performing to a Bajan crowd. I think I’m blessed to be one of the few non-Bajan entertainers to come to Barbados and get that love. I appreciate the love I get from them always,” she added.
As the sun set, the crowd was now ready to party, enjoying the performances from Soka Kartel, RPB, Hypasounds, Ricardo Drue, Benjai, Skinny Fabulous, Peter Ram, King Bubba, and Lil Rick and the
The show came to a smooth end with countless fireworks at 9 p.m., all artistes having given top-class performances, and definitely setting the tone for the remainder of the Crop Over season.
All in all, this was a good package musically, and organizers of Soca On De Hill can take a bow. However, the event was dampened or diluted at times by rowdy patrons who resorted to fighting, spoiling the day for some. The Royal Barbados Police Force must be commended for a job well done in handling the disruptions swiftly.