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SuperBlue, Machel songs favourites

Revellers who took to the streets for Jouvert Morning. (Pictures compliments the Trinidad Express.) Trinidad’S president George Maxwell Richards (second right) and his wife Jean Ramjohn-Richards (second left) playing mas with other masqueraders on the streets on Port of Spain for Carnival Monday.

By Keino Swamber, Trinidad Express | Tue, February 12, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Port of Spain – As if to mirror the outcome of the results of the 2013 Soca Monarch Competition on Fantastic Friday, in which Austin SuperBlue Lyons and Machel Montano tied for first place, most of the bands crossing the stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, yesterday chose Fantastic Friday and Float as their songs of choice.

In fact, the trend was started by Bliss, the very first major band to put in an appearance, at 11:30 a.m. with their presentation Savage Beauty. Their DJ first played SuperBlue’s Fantastic Friday followed by Machel’s Float.

Another large band, Tribe, quickly followed with their presentation Butterflies, Beasts and Bacchanal.  Their first song choice was Float but they too jumped and waved to Fantastic Friday.

The majority of the masqueraders, as is customary on a Carnival Monday, opted not to wear their full costumes and made little, if any, effort to get in a section. Most of them were clad in costumes specifically designed to be worn on day one of the revelry.

The situation was different with the traditional mas players from bands such as the Chinese Minstrels Band, the Original Jab Jab Band, Vintage People with their fancy Indian presentation Satinka – Magical Dancer, Belmont Original Stylish Sailors with Under D Big Top, Tribal Connection Cultural Promotion with Visions of Crazy Horse and Touch D Sky Jumbies with Mokos Of Rebellion.

Although moving quickly across the stage, the masqueraders savoured the moment most of them were preparing for.

Among the other bands parading before the judges and the sparsely populated North and Grand Stands were Wee International’s Magnifique – Earth’s Most Colourful Creatures; Genesis’ Mirror, Mirror Who is The . . .; Spice Carnival Band Ltd with Let’s Dance and Island People Mas/Spirit International with Re-Humanize.

Defending champions in the Medium category, The Word and Associates, more popularly called The Catholic Band, crossed the stage at around 1:15 p.m. with their presentation Leviticus and they too chipped to Fantastic Friday.

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Posted by Frank Husbands 1 year, 8 months ago
Calypso music had been hobbled from progressing because of the same players in the business year in year out.SuperBlue? Come on give me a break. Even Machel needs now to give away to younger talent. Unlike Jamaica where the talent changes with the latest "riddim" Calypso and its derivative soca are stuck in the mud. This genre made in roads on the Billboard top 100 over 60 years ago with "Rum and Coco-cola' way before Jamaican music did.Yet today an artist from this genre is not signed with a big label.
Our Girl Rihanna, a phenomena is now on her seventh album having signed with a big label years ago. She too will give away to a new act from somewhere to keep the pop industry fresh but for today she has done what Michael Jackson did not achieve as his record sales and number one hits dried up way before the end of his multi-album contract. Rihanna' next big tune "Stay" another number one hit from her seventh album. A song that shows that she has grown vocally having learn the trade on the job. More importantly a slow song a genre which she is not really popular in; as dance music is her claim to fame.However to digress she has live the life to enable her to sing sad songs.

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