Saturday, February 24, 2018

Supersad bulldozes the trail at Chutney soca semis


SWISS ENTRANT: Natalia Wohler of Switzerland during her performance at Rienzi Complex, Couva.

Mark Fraser

Kenneth Supersad made all the early running to charge ahead of a competitive herd at the 2014 Lotto Plus Chutney Soca semi-final on Saturday night at the Rienzi Complex, Couva.

Supersad came aggressively out of the gates with his 2014 hit “Bull” leaving his brand all over the competition with a series of well-prepared extra verses. No one was out of the “butting” range of the Tacarigua-based singer as he zeroed in on fellow competitors, the judges and random members of the audience. The “Bull Man”, as he declared himself, even turned his horns on the competition’s promoter Southex director George Singh.

“Ah know this going to get everybody in a rage, but ah hear George Singh looking for a Bull backstage,” he sang to screams of approval from the chutney faithful.

It was a stand and deliver performance in every sense of the phrase as Supersad relied on the energy of his dancers, costumed bulls included, and a potent vocal delivery to move the massive crowd. And move them he did. He had the entire Rienzi seeing red, running in all directions in response to his piccong-laced rhetoric.

Title contenders Ravi B, Hunter and “Dhoti Man” Snakey, meanwhile, will be looking for ways to pen the runaway “Bull” come finals night on February 15 at Skinner Park, San Fernando. All three had memorable moments on stage on Saturday night.

Ravi B (Ravi Bissambhar) made a fiery return to the competition turning the stage into a virtual oven to serve up his red hot single “Bread”. The mercurial Karma lead singer danced centre stage in the middle of an enclosure of sparking fireworks before deploying another halo of live sparks from his jacket during an eye-catching performance.

Snakey, real name Heaven Charles, introduced the man with the “shortest dhoti in Trinidad”, a three-foot male dancer in the East Indian garb. The crowd loved it.

Hunter, real name Lalchan Babwa, ordered a single explosion of fireworks over the stage, before asking for a minute’s silence, in memory of his recently deceased mother.

“I love chutney music so much I am here despite everything to perform for you. Mummy I love you,” he said to respectful applause before cueing the T&TEC Gayatones backing band into the opening notes of “Patsy”.

He was joined on stage by the “I Am Santana’’ puppet Narine to help tell the story of an abusive relationship.

A total of 42 acts performed on Saturday night as the Lotto Plus Chutney Soca Monarch went off smoothly despite ongoing funding issues. Seventeen are expected to move on to the finals when the results are made public. this week.