Vanilla looks set to retain her crown
Lindeners were treated to pure unadulterated ‘Stress Relief’ at the 7th annual Carib Soca Monarch Semi- Finals Competition, which was held on Saturday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground.
Despite the usual late start, the crowd’s impatience was soon dispelled after Mc Kurt Jardim’s (Chow Pow) arrival on stage with his inimitable introduction to the night’s programme and endless stream of ribald comedy.
And the ever popular Jomo ‘Rubber Waist’ Primo, not to be outdone, lived up to his name as he sang and jiggled and gyrated with enviable grace and precision. So enraptured was the audience with his lively performances, that any grumpiness triggered by the late start was soon forgotten.
Thus patrons were transported to another level, totally hyped for what was to follow.
And they were obviously not disappointed as 12 contestants sought to outdo each other; vying to qualify for the next round, which will see one of them walking away with the coveted $1M prize-quite an incentive, and the competitors from the get go were out to prove to the judges that they meant business.
First on stage was Attiola ‘Atti’ Peters, with his song ‘Leave me alone’. This song did not evoke much of a response from the crowd, which perhaps took the title too literally. Peters is based in Barbados.
Another overseas-based Guyanese, Tomika Thomas out of Antigua, with her ‘Balloon song’ fared much better, as she received quite a good crowd response.
Orlando ‘Boardsman’ Yohannsen, who hails from Berbice, was next on stage with his song ‘Mashramani is me own’, which was also quite a crowd-pleaser.
‘The Preacher’, Simeon Sam followed with his composition, ‘Love over Hate’, which received a somewhat lukewarm response. ‘Lilman’ Wilbur Levans was next with, ‘Carry On’, and surprisingly evoked another of the same response, which must have been a crushing blow for this popular and experienced performer.
Seeming almost bent on upstaging the preacher, was Beverly Greene, saucily dressed in black hot pants and matching high top boots. She declared it was ‘Back wine Time’, and she definitely illustrated her point graphically.
Lindener Jermaine Bailey was next, with his song, ‘Celebration Time’, followed by Tele Cruz from Vergenogen with ‘Material things’.
Then there was Pierre Da Silva, with ‘Mad, Mad Man’, definitely looking the part, and Jackie Hanover with ‘Festival Time’.
This young Bagotsville lass, was one of the stronger performers.
Lady Barbara, though not dressed like a lady, declared emphatically and repeatedly, ‘A want a man!’ and made sure her performance endorsed her appeal!
Reigning Carib Soca Monarch, Melissa Roberts well known as Vanilla was last on stage, and proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she certainly deserves that title. But will she keep it?
Well that is left to be seen soon, as she defends that title against the other semi-finalists!
The others are Wilbur Levans, Orlando Yohannsen, Jackie Hanover, Tomika Thomas, Tille Thorne, Beverley Williams, Pierre Da Silva and Barbara Nedd. And with G$1M up for grabs, anything can happen! (Enid Joaquin)