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Rose’s Socalypso a sweet blend

Jorge Plaza Marquez Willis ||//
Rose’s Socalypso a sweet blend

There was already a crowd lined up for the 7 pm start time.

The stands really began filling up by 8pm and hours later people were still coming in. At 8.15 pm the show began with emcees Paul Richards and Nikki Crosby doing the introductions. The co-hosts have developed a great rapport over the years and they brought their usual blend of information and wacky humour.

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The first act was Devon Matthews and Ella Andall, singing their new hit D Journey and mixing it with Andall’s Bring Down the Power.

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It was a slow start as the performance lacked some energy, especially on the part of Andall.

Next up was sweet soca man Baron (Timothy Watkins) for a set of his hits like Lady, Feeling it and Sweet Soca Man.

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While the voice was sweet you could not hear all the lyrics and the crowd interaction was limited to him asking the audience to clap for the band – twice.

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The third act was MX Prime (Edghill Thomas) and the Ultimate Rejects. They began their hit Full Extreme like a ballad and Thomas told the gathering they were there to celebrate the career of “a beautiful lady”.

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When they started Full Extreme at its regular fast pace the crowd began jumping up, dancing and singing line after line.

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Following their performance a couple of people around me said this song was this year’s Road March.

Richards described the song as the soundtrack of Carnival 2017 and you would be hard pressed to find someone to disagree with him.

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The quality continued when MX Prime was followed by calypsonian David Rudder and the veteran performer showed why he is called “King”.

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He started off his set with his iconic tune Calypso but was not comfortable staying on the stage.

“Why allyuh over there and I here?” he asked rhetorically.

He then stepped down from the stage and walked down in front of the crowd and remained there for the duration of his performance.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

After they sang along to Calypso he sang his new nation celebration tune Welcome to Trinidad.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

He then asked them to “please stand and wine for the national anthem of Trinidad and Tobago” which was not the actual anthem but his infinitely infectious patriotic song Trini to the Bone.

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He then hit them a one two blow with The Hammer and High Mas and had them bazodee. He ended his set by singing Calypso Rose’s name repeatedly.

The concert went regional with Alison Hinds who had the crowd thoroughly entertained with her hits Carnival Baby, Iron Have Me So Bazodee, Roll it Gal, Faluma and Togetherness as well as Salty’s hit Gyal Meet Brass.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

She was full of energy and demonstrated both her famous wining skills as well as great vocal range. Three elderly gentlemen seated behind me ate up her performance, with one man making a rolling gesture with his finger while Hinds was “rolling it”.

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She even took time out to teach Richards and Crosby how to wine with disastrous and comedic results. Before she completed her set she praised Rose as the calypso queen of the world.

“That woman is my inspiration.

Let’s you know age is nothing but a number. (And) she is the cutest thing,” she said.

After Hinds was Grammy- award winning Empire State of Mind writer and singer Angela Hunte.

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Her first song the crowd was not familiar with and did not react to with much enthusiasm.

She got a better response with Party Done and Mon Bon Ami but hearing her sing along with a track was distracting and a bit discordant.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

After Hunte and an intermission Rose began her first set at 10.45 pm, coming on stage in a resplendent pink and gold Asian inspired outfit.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

She performed songs from her new album Far From Home, which won her Album of the Year at the French version of the Grammys (Victoire de la Musique), including I am African, Abatina, Zoom Zoom, Wah Fu Dance, No Madam, Far From Home as well as Israel by Bus.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

She danced and hit powerful notes throughout and urged the crowd to get up and dance but most seemed to be waiting for her bigger hits.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

In between her set there was an instrumental reggae performance which was entertaining but felt somewhat out of place.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

Following her set the emcees and her managers presented her with her award Victoire de la Musique award and she told the crowd it had sold100,000 copies.

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The show went to intermission again and by midnight some of the patrons were nodding off.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

They would be awaken by the always energetic Machel Montano who pumped up the crowd with his songs Pop ah Bottle, Human and Fast Wine.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

He also song special verses in honour of Rose: “When you talking Calypso Rose, all over the world is a million shows, and she wears the nicest clothes.” When Machel sang “you could be 15 or 75” Rose said she is 76 and showed her vitality by touching her toes.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

Rose joined him to perform their collaboration of Leave Me Alone which had the crowd on their feet dancing.

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The two embraced and Rose referred to him as “son”. It felt like a natural end and some patrons left at that point.

But Rose was not finished and began her second set with her hits Tempo, Fire in Meh Wire and the original version of Leave Me Alone where she was joined by members of the LeaveMeAlone anti-gender based violence campaign who came on stage with tassa drummers, moko jumbies and a dame lorraine.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

To end her performance, Rose blew the audience a kiss and stretched her arms open as though she would embrace the entire audience.

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© Jorge Marquez Plaza

Overall it was an entertaining if protracted concert (it was six hours long) with mostly impressive performances especially from the calypso queen of the world.

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