|Rama jolts Stadium |
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Monday, February 24 2014
Rama 2014 proved to be everything it was expected to be and even more as thousands converged at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Saturday night for the second edition of the increasingly popular fete. Promoted as the fete with “all the big bands and all the big artistes”, patrons were treated to over seven hours of non-stop soca music that left all in bliss.
And with the International Soca Monarch finals less than a week away, artistes used the opportunity to whip up support for their various songs.
Laying a platform for the others to follow was Nadia Batson and her band Sass which featured appearances by Groovy Soca Monarch contender Cassi as well as 5 Star Akil who raised the vibes with Nadia while performing their collaboration “Never Done”.
Up next was Ravi B and Karma who mixed things up with an entertaining old school dancehall session before he sang some of his hits from the past including “Rum is meh Lover” and “Prescription”. Making his way to the edge of the stage, the versatile artiste had the crowd singing word for word his latest Chutney Soca hit “Bread”. Ravi, who missed out on the Chutney Soca Monarch title yet again, placing second in the final a week ago, asked the crowd if they felt he should have won which was responded with an emphatic “Yes!”
Shal Marshall and Jaiga made brief appearances on stage, but were quite lively with their 2014 songs “Feel To Wuk” and “My Team” that had the crowd pumped and ready for the mega act that was to follow.
Performing with Roy Cape All Stars, soca star Kerwin Du Bois had everyone singing and dancing as he delved into several of his popular tracks that have been dominating the airwaves for the Carnival season. He had his fans in a feel-good mood as he sang “Spoil Mehself” and “Forget about it.” The crowd was certainly enjoying his performance and had more to savour from the talented artiste when he belted out his Groovy Soca Monarch contender “Too Real”.
The infectious melody and lyrics were too much for fans who could not help wining while he sang “you was born for this, ah giving it all for this, yuh wukkin up and I like it so.” So good was his performance that on his exit from the stage, even Roy Cape lead singer Blaxx had to admit that he is the undoubted favourite for the Groovy title on Fantastic Friday.
There was no let-up of the big acts with soca superstar Machel Montano and his HD band taking it up another notch soon after. Opening with “Happiest Man Alive”, Machel whipped the Stadium crowd into a frenzy as they sang the lyrics to the top of their voices while urged on by the popular artiste. Machel, defending both the Power and Groovy Soca Monarch titles, will not be relinquishing either easily though, reeling out hit after hit including “Ministry of Road” and “Epic”. Performing with the HD band were Groovy contenders Skinny Fabulous who was on his worst behaviour while Farmer Nappy declared Rama to be a “Big People Party”.
Following a huge act like Machel is one of the most difficult things to do, but who else could maintain that energy, but Ian Alvarez aka “Bunji Garlin” who has been enjoying one of his best ever Carnival seasons.
Bringing “Optimus Prime” and his “Truck on the Road”, Bunji continued where his predecessor left off with the thousands jumping in a state of euphoria to the roadmix that many believe could take the Road March title.