Thursday, January 18, 2018

Crowd ‘bubbles’ in Woodford Square

A yellow poui was in full bloom. But it was eclipsed by the ubiquitous colour green, which was on display at yesterday’s edition of bmobile’s Soca in bSquare at the University of Woodford Square, Port of Spain.

Making their way past the green Venus fountain, throngs of soca connoisseurs waved green bandannas or wore green hats and T-shirts. Personal effects like green and black bmobile umbrellas shot up. Attired in green, moko jumbies kept the traditional mas alive. 

Braving the midday heat and the sudden downpour just after noon, the audience enjoyed performances from Blaxx and Roy Cape, veteran calypsonian Winston Bailey (Shadow), Denise “Saucy Wow” Belfon, Benjai, Chucky, Erphaan Alves, Ricardo Drue, Daniella Simmons, Cassie and Lyrikal, who is a finalist in the International Soca Monarch competition.

As far as the eye could see, bank employees, store clerks, high school pupils, Port of Spain City Corporation workers and regular Woodford Square limers were enjoying the sweet soca music. 

Former Port of Spain mayor Murchison Brown was spotted in the VIP section. 

Each artiste brought their unique flavour to the soca melange, which was well received by legions of adoring fans.

Wearing a black shirt, Blaxx said: “Let us celebrate Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann, Destra and Machel.”

Then without warning, Blaxx said: “Spread your hands and let go,” after which he implored every­one to be on their “worst behaviour”.

When he got the cosmopolitan crowd moving, Blaxx said: “Allyuh bubbling nice.”

In the background, Roy Cape, the man with the flowing grey locks, displayed his superb musical prowess on the saxophone.

When Benjai hit the stage, a mascot with a bmobile umbrella mirrored his agile moves. Eventually, he removed his T-shirt.

Belfon sang “Wining Queen”. For a moment, Woodford Square morphed into the “Big Top” (slang for circus). Belfon gave the audience a taste of her “Chuku Chuku” dancer, who thrilled the crowd as he turned somersaults. His head-stand drew lusty applause.

Calypso Monarch semifinalist Roderick “Chucky” Gordon sang “Hold on Tight”. 

Cassie dealt with the theme of infidelity. “I don’t want to be the horner man. I want to be the man inside,” he crooned. Making a stop at the bar, Lyrikal said “drinks were flowing like water”. And clutching a white rag, Shadow delivered “Bassman” and “Stranger”, with his impeccable elocution and trademark body movements. 

As the crowd retreated, flanked by his posse, Kerron Clarke, who carried the massive G6 Empire Flag Crew flag, said: “In the night it’s okay. But in the day is dust and sun. But we enjoy it.”

Cuddling her three-month-old baby, Jewelle, Nakisha Morris, said: “It’s nice. I am having a good time.” 

Today’s edition will feature artistes including Dil-E-Nadan, Kerwin Dubois, Prophet Benjamin, Iwer George and Baron.