Wednesday, January 24, 2018

No Machel: Smaller crowd in bSquare


DIDN'T DISAPPOINT: Chutney soca artiste Kris "KI" Persad during his performance at the annual Soca in bSquare free concert series sponsored by TSTT's Bmobile at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, yesterday. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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A smaller crowd turned out yesterday at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, on day three of the annual Carnival 2013 Soca in bSquare concert. The show dubbed "Powder Wednesday" remained free of the "Fog Man" Machel Montano after the board of State-owned TSTT decided to suspend the company's relationship with the soca artiste.

The free lunchtime concert started nearly one hour earlier to a half-empty Woodford Square.

Despite Montano's absence, the show went on as the small crowd gathered closer to the stage and was treated to performances by Cassie, Five Star Akil and Prophet Benjamin.

Benjamin stirred the crowd by doing his own interpretation of the "lokani" dance from off his chutney release this year, "No Lokani".

By 12.30 p.m., Swappi exploded onto the stage with his song "Cha-os". Taking a few lines from the chorus, Swappi said, "Yuh see the Bunji fighting and the Machel fighting thing, I just want to say—I doh have no time for all this stupidness. Rain fall; bucket it a drop ah going to wet yuh with water."

His energetic performance was quickly followed by Olatunji who kept the crowd jumping as he sang his soca release "Bam Bam".

The crowd was also treated to a wide selection of songs from KI alongside the band, JMC 3Veni. KI had the crowd waving their rags in the air as he sang his 2013 chutney release "Friends for the Night" and his 2012 release "Single Forever". He also sang Iwer's "Bubble" and SuperBlue's "Fantastic Friday".

KI did not disappoint Machel fans who were thrilled as they heard him start up the first few chords of Machel's "The Fog". With seven minutes to go KI and 3Veni closed off the showed.

Today's show dubbed "Wicked Thursday" will see performances from Dil-e-Nadan, Shiv Shakti dancers and Rikki Jai.