Kerwin Du Bois was more laid back on Sunday night at Mahlia’s Corner, but he did not disappoint. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)
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On Sunday night, Kerwin Du Bois kept it formal, but he still turned Mahalia’s Corner into the house of Bacchanal.
It was the season finale, and hundreds of Bajans came out in their numbers at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre to support the Trinidadian singer/songwriter who became the second artiste from his country to headline the annual NexWorld production.
Rather than the jump-and-wave performance style that he is accustomed to, he sat and sang for the majority of his set, which he let the audience know was a refreshing change.
Backed by 2 Mile Hill, he performed Feteland, Spoil Mehself, Possessed, Monster Winer, No Apology followed by Forget About It, which all helped make the night Unforgettable as people got out of their seats to dance.
The high energy in the room then slightly decreased and people went back to their seats when the beat for Sweet Dreams dropped and he started singing the Eurythmics classic.
Things quickly intensified again when the band smoothly transitioned into his 2018 hit Touchdown. The same thing occurred during the Turn The Lights Down Low and Too Real mash-up.
By the end of the night, with his final song Circles, everyone stood up to dance and applaud the headliner.
Similarly during the open mic segment, Frederick Smith Secondary student Theres Lambert also received a standing ovation. She played the keyboard as she sang an original song entitled Weirdo.
Moments before the headliner entered the stage though, spotlight artiste Rhea Layne proved to be the perfect act to keep the energy in the room alive.
She whet appetites of the soca lovers in the audience when she covered Allez, then switched it up with some dancehall, and ended her set with Speakah.
The band 2 Mile Hill, who opened the show, were also So Amazing on the final night of the season when they performed both new and old material and covered artistes such as Luther Vandross and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Lead singer Mahalia sang the sultry Conversation, which they released earlier this year; Between The Sheets; and After The Love Is Gone.
They then debuted the unreleased track Talk To Me and created some nostalgia with Let It Go. (TG)