Genuinely golden soca

Golden Soca last Saturday night proved that regardless of age, once sweet soca sounds are  blaring from the speakers, young and old cannot resist the temptation to get on the dance floor and shake a leg.

For the annual post Crop Over fete organized by the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP), over 1,000 people packed the Sea Rocks Dome venue on Maxwell coast road for a lively night of music from past and present calypsonians.

Backed by the Golden Soca band, the line-up included the orange-hair songstress, Nikita, Shaquille, TC, Biggie Irie, Mac Fingall, Ras Iley, Grynner, Sweet Soca monarch Red Plastic Bag and Party Monarch Lil Rick.

Veteran performers Serenader, De Devil, PJ and Cut Loose also took to the stage as well as veteran comedian Philip St Hill.

As the start of the night’s entertainment, the audience was largely seated but as the artistes began to hype up the crowd, patrons could not fight off the contagious soca fever. The older folk followed the words of De Devil and were Doing Dixie on dance floor.

Although the show started at 6 p.m., within an hour it was a full house at the Dome, with limited standing and seating available for patrons. As the night continued, that was the least of their worries, however, as they enjoyed stellar performances by the past, present and future of soca.

Shaquille got a rousing response from the crowd when he ran on to the stage to perform his 2017 hit, Collateral. With his honey-dew vocals, he romanced the retirees with canes to come to the dance floor and dance from side to side.

TC also got a great response from the over 50’s gathered for her hit Paradise. It was so good that they requested a repeat performance of the song.

Although Crop Over was over, the fervour of the festival remained as the senior party goers possessed boundless amounts of energy, singing and dancing to the 13 performers without pause during the five-hour long show.

Mac Fingall had the audience in stitches. He actively engaged patrons, bringing them on stage to sing his song Ding Dong. Then discussing serious issues in a light-hearted manner, he offered suggestions on how to tackle unwanted attention from the opposite sex in his song Sexual Harassment.

The high energy levels continued with Ras Iley’s Spring Garden on Fire, and reached fever pitch when Iley was joined by Grynner on stage for a performance of their 2017 hit D 2 Ah We.

Cheers erupted when Grynner came on to the stage as Ras Iley said the mature audience contained the biggest buyers of kaiso. Bursting with energy, an elderly lady joined Grynner on stage in his performance of Leggo Mi Hand.

He was then followed by the high energy boss, the Hypa Dawg. Not to forget his Bumpa Inspector days, Lil Rick displayed his flexible waistline with Hard Wine, to the delight of the crowd. Quickly changing it up, Rick then had the audience in a trance as he delivered his Sweet Soca hits, Blessings and Advantage of Me.

Closing the show off with a bang, Red Plastic Bag was welcomed with opened arms and chanting screams of RPB, RPB when he came on to the stage. As he rocked the Dome with Boat Ride, not a sitting patron was in sight.

Source: (Katrina King)

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