Thursday, December 14, 2017

Baby Syri 'mashes up' the stage


SOCA IN THE CITY: Soca artistes Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez and Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez entertain soca lovers in Woodford Square, Port of Spain, yesterday, during the first Bmobile lunchtime concert series Soca in B Square. The couple also brought their daughter Syri (inset) on stage as well to excite the crowd. —Photos: CURTIS CHASE

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SYRI ALVAREZ, the baby daughter of soca couple, Ian "Bunji Garlin" Alvarez and Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez, performed at Bmobile's Soca in B Square lunchtime concert at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, yesterday.

Baby Syri, who will celebrate her second birthday at the end of this month, joined her parents onstage during their performance at "Mash up Monday".

Baby Syri was still in her mother's belly the last time the free concert series hosted by Bmobile was held. The five-day concert series, which features artistes sponsored by the mobile service provider, was not held last year, for the first time since 2007.

Patrons gathered in Woodford Square from as early as 11 a.m. yesterday, but at 12.13 p.m. the crowd got what they were waiting for. Lyons-Alvarez ran on the stage singing "Consider it Done", her entry for this year's Soca Monarch competition. The crowd greeted Lyons-Alvarez by waving lime green flags and bang sticks which were distributed to them earlier.

At the end of delivering her soca monarch contender, Lyons-Alvarez was joined on stage by her husband, who ran on stage singing "Hold a Burn", his entry for this year's Soca Monarch competition. He received a welcome response from the crowd.

However, the biggest crowd response came when baby Syri graced the stage.

"Let me introduce you to the granddaughter of Mr Austin Lyons Super Blue," Lyons-Alvarez said as baby Syri walked on stage.

The crowd screamed.

Baby Syri grabbed her mother's hand and pulled her closer to the front of the stage. She then stretched out her right hand and took her mother's microphone. Lyons-Alvarez then started to sing "Meet Super Blue", which won her the Soca Monarch and Road March titles in 2009.

During her winning Soca Monarch performance in 2009 when she was still pregnant, Lyons-Alvarez placed a microphone to her belly and a digitally created voice of a baby was heard chanting. Baby Syri did not chant yesterday, but she stamped her feet, danced and waved a rag on stage, to the delight of the crowd. She was dubbed the "youngest soca artiste on the island" by her mother.

Alvarez and his wife sang several of their hits, both past and present, and not even a midday shower could dampen the crowd's spirit. The duo also had a freestyle battle yesterday, which included political picong and threats of a Soca Monarch beating.

Today is deemed "Trouble Tuesday" where Roy Cape All Stars, featuring Dexter "Blaxx" Stewart, as well as Denise Belfon, Shivonne "Lil' Bitts" Churche and Dominic "Buhwamoder" Elias will perform.