One of the highlights of the Fire Fete held on Saturday at the Paddock, Queen's Park Savannah, was the performance of eight-time Road March winner and former Soca Monarch title holder SuperBlue who delivered his first major performance of the season that night with his new song "Fantastic Friday."
People began to cheer even as MC, Giselle D Wassi One introduced him and the frenzy grew steadily until the crowd exploded as SuperBlue began to sing the opening lines of the song, "start to bounce." The song itself is a tribute to the Soca Monarch competition which takes place on the Friday before the two days of Carnival and is dubbed Fantastic Friday.
After SuperBlue left the stage, the crowd continued to chant, "Super, Super, Super, Super." Giselle D Wassi One asked the people if they believed that SuperBlue was going to take the Soca Monarch title, to which they replied with a resounding "Yes." The next minute SuperBlue in characteristic style was poised atop the speaker boxes to continue his performance.
It was indeed a night of royal entertainment from soca royalty, as later, around 2.30 a.m. SuperBlue's daughter Fay-Ann Lyons came on stage with her husband Bunji Garlin and their band Asylum. The couple have also won Soca Monarch titles.
They kicked off their set with, "Differentology" and the crowd sang along to every line. Garlin and Lyons performed a mix of past releases and new songs that kept the crowd dancing and singing long into the pre-dawn hours.
Later on in his performance Garlin spoke about the upcoming Soca Monarch competition saying that, "Win or lose, we don't care because everybody going to make this the song of the year." This was during the band's second performance of the song, this time joined by Nigel Rojas on flamenco guitar.
The air had been heavy with anticipation for the appearance of SuperBlue who has been on hiatus of sorts for the past several years.
Among those backstage waiting to take in the performance were Soca Monarch founder William Munro, Spektakula Promotions CEO Frank Martineau and Randy Glasgow of Randy Glasgow Productions.
All of the soca artistes seemed to be at the top of their game. Among these were Iwer George, Blaxx with Roy Cape All Stars, Prophet Benjamin, Denyse "Saucy Wow" Belfon, Olatunji, Zuki and Tim Tim, Lyrical, J Angel, Nadia Batson and her band Sass. Many of them entertained the crowd with their own brand of humour.
Most of the major artistes declared they were going to win the Soca Monarch title.