Stroll down memory lane


by Wade Gibbons

A faulty sound system could not stop a small but enthusiastic crowd from ringing out 2012 and ushering in 2013 in style at the Israel Lovell Foundation on My Lord’s Hill, St. Michael on Monday night.

And to help them do it in the intimate surroundings of the cultural hub of the St. Michael East constituency was Trinidad and Tobago and one of the Caribbean’s favourite sons, Black Stalin, along with Barbados’ calypso icon Anthony Gabby Carter and Desmond Fowl Weekes of Draytons Two fame.

The three representing 200 years collectively of entertainment took patrons down memory lane with Weekes getting the show on the road with a few covers and showing tremendous professionalism in the face of the initial sound system hitch. Gabby started his set with Culture and went through a familiar repertoire that included Jack, Hit It andDoctor Cassandra, while the patrons had a grand time dancing the night away in front the stage.

The fast-paced live action was brought to a conclusion by Stalin who shows no signs of slowing down despite his 71-years. He had the crowd singing along with his every word as he delivered his timeless Black Man Feeling To Party, Bun Dem, Caribbean Man and a host of others.

Early popular entertainers†Rusty and Donnella, who had set the musical tone with their band,†had given the 2013 count-down as patrons back-slapped, shook hands, hugged, kissed, toasted and otherwise showed their appreciation for the dawning of a new year. Deejay music started and ended the night’s festive mood.††

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