Saturday, February 24, 2018

Iwer gets bSquare crowd 'bubbling'


positive vibes: Reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Raymond Ramnarine performs at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, yesterday. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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Despite a late start on day four of the Carnival 2013 Soca in bSquare concert yesterday, the crowd gathered at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, received their fill of more than two hours of live entertainment.

Neil "Iwer" George, the final performer for the afternoon, came to the stage after 1 p.m. and began singing his soca hit for Carnival 2013, "Bubble".

Touted as the "big-man in the business" George showed the crowd how to do the "bubble dance" and proceeded to wine down low, which is a main feature of the dance. The crowd, getting into the swing of it, began to "bubble" and sing along with the soca star.

He quickly went to his 2012 hit, "Jab, No Pain". One could feel the excitement in the crowd building as George shouted, "If you want SuperBlue to beat Machel, put yuh two hands in the air."

At this reference to the friendly rivalry between former monarch SuperBlue, with his contender "Fantastic Friday", and reigning Monarch Machel Montano, whose contender is "Float", the crowd screamed, and around Woodford Square, there was a sea of green as people began waving their flags wildly.

As the excitement continued to build, George got everyone to move to the left and then to the right.

George, whose energy was unstoppable, moved to his next song "Come to Meh", to which the crowd responded by gathering closer to the stage, trying to pull the artiste into the crowd.

However, he managed to stay seated close to the stage and went into his next song "De People Want Water".

Taking the opportunity to quench his thirst, George began spraying the crowd, particularly those closest to the stage, with water. The crowd didn't seem to mind as he continued with his performance and sang "Fete After Fete" and "Bubble".

George announced he would give two tickets to his show on Wednesday to any person in the audience who could best sing his song "Bubble". Three members of the audience quickly came up, but finding a winner was difficult.

The crowd, as well as George, was torn between two of the volunteers. In the end, he gave the two tickets to the person the audience picked. However, Iwer was impressed with the runner-up and also gave him one ticket to his show.

The free lunchtime concert, sponsored by TSTT (Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago) bmobile, began around 12.20 p.m. with lively performances from Shal Marshall and Super Jigga TC, who both thrilled the crowd with their soca releases this year, "We Limin'" and "Bam Bam".

The crowd also heard past favourites from the duo which included "Speaker Box" and "Motorbike".

The show, dubbed "Wicked Thursday", also featured performances from Denise "Saucy Wow" Belfon and reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Raymond Ramnarine.

Ramnarine, alongside his band Dil-e-Nadan, did his winning selection, "Ain't Marridin' No More", as well as a number of soca songs for Carnival 2013 that had the crowd jumping and waving.

He said, "Raymond Ramnarine is all about positivity. The reason why I entered Chutney Soca Monarch is to bring positivity to a music."

At 1. 35 p.m., Ramnarine and Dil-e-Nadan closed off the show.

Today's show is dubbed "Super Friday" and will feature performances by Austin "SuperBlue" Lyons, Shurwayne Winchester and Kerwin DuBois.