Youths shine at Emancipation show
By Leiselle Maraj Monday, July 30 2012
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Curry crab to go: Vilma Robinson stirs up a pot of curry crab during the food showcase at the Emancipation Village, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spa...
Crowds at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Emancipation Village at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain were entertained by young local talent at a Youth Concert held on Saturday night.
The concert was part of festivities leading up to Emancipation Day this Wednesday.
The mostly mature crowd listened to songs of consciousness, struggle, social issues and upliftment with a touch of Soca from former Synergy Soca Star, Umi Marcano.
After a short delay of 15 minutes, the concert began at 8.15 pm with 2012 Stars of Tomorrow winner, Jermeeka Mundy.
Each performer was given 20 minutes on stage and the show continued smoothly with the conscious band, BuzzRock, Curious Ringo and former San Fernando Calypso Monarch winner, Brian London.
Marcano took to the stage, but it seemed that his performance was not in tune with the mood set by previous performers as he received a lukewarm response after performing his brand of Soca.
Mr King, who performed next, received a warmer response with his “O Laventille” and “Borderline”.
After a brief intermission, the Wise One and Sister Ava took to the stage with a guitarist and drummer to perform their own compositions, “Western Town”, “Crying” and “In the Ghetto”. Younger members of the crowd got excited when Queen Omega (Jeneile Osborne) took to the stage next to offer some “Roots” music while performing “Footsteps”, “Business”, “Warning”, “Travelling” and “Heart of Steel”.
Zebulun (Marcus McIntosh) was next, performing alongside Groundsman (Carlton Plently), giving “Fake Love”, “Better Will Come”, “Thou Shall Not” and “More Love”. Although only performing one song, Multi symptom (Eric Wilson) had the younger members of the crowd dancing and singing along to his “Black Star Liner”.
The night ended with Prophet Benjamin (Devon Samuel) who closed things off on a high note with “Thousand Arrows”, “Pension Plan”, “Pretty Boy”, “Mary Anna” and “What’s Next”.