Grand Fete in Siparia
By STACY MOORE Saturday, April 19 2008
THE ANNUAL LA Divina Pastora Festival in Siparia ended on a high note on Sunday night with the popular Grand Savannah Fete, featuring performances by several of the country’s top soca artistes at the Irwin Park Savannah.
The venue was packed to capacity, with fete lovers coming from as far as Port-of Spain to be part of the open-air event. The popular song “Breathless” started off the fete and ended it as well, with patrons clamouring for more when the fete ended at 11 pm.
“We want more! We want more!” the crowd chanted as soca artiste Blaxx announced the end oif the fete and thanked the patrons for their support. However, his voice was drowned out by the fans who demanded more music.
Blaxx complied, giving an encore performance of his Road March contender “Breathess” with patrons enthusiastically singing along.
The band of the night was Roy Cape All Stars, featuring Blaxx. Other entertainers included Iwer George, Farmer Nappy, Black Stalin, Explainer, Trini Jacobs and Adesh Samaroo.
The night started with a two-hour performance with Blaxx, Trini Jacobs and Olatungi. This dynamic trio entertained with a repertoire that included soca, reggae, R&B and hits from the 80’s. Blaxx, who is from the district, further thrilled fans when he declared, “I love Siparia. This is my home.”
In between musical sets, he pointed out that he performs at Grand Fete every year. He also announced that 2008 marks Roy Cape’s 50th anniversary in music.
Also popular with the crowd was Olatungi Yearwood, who did Buju Banton’s “Driver” and the popular dancehall song “Click Yuh Finger”.
Iwer “The Boss” George was joined by nine-year-old Nathan Foster who climbed onto the stage and danced as the soca star sang his hits, “Over Yuh Head”, “Jump Up” and “Fete after Fete”.
At one point George stopped and stared in amazement as Foster gyrated to the music.
The Grand Savannah Fete was one of several events held in Siparia during the Festival. There was also a street parade of various Carnival characters and the crowning of the Miss Siparia Fete. That title was won by Cherrese De Abreau.
This year’s celebrations were dedicated to the memory of popular radio and television personality Jason “Jaso” Daly who died recently.