Shaki-K rocks the House
House of Soca, celebrating 30 years of unbroken service to calypso, opened its doors Saturday night and started cooking right away in the halls of Queen’s College, St James.A musical tribute was paid to the late Anderson “Salters” Griffith, a former bandleader with the tent, with a trombone solo followed by a soulful rendition of the late superstar Michael Jackson’s song Gone Too Soon, sung by 2008 Junior Monarch Sir Ruel.Then it was time to turn up the heat as veteran Speedy hit the stage singing his 1990 hit Hold Yah Bum Bum while doing the memorable Speedy shuffle, giving the growing number of people an oldie, but a real goodie to enjoy.The night offered those in attendance a full helping of social commentary by some young promising performers like Tall Boy, who was looking for answers on social issues like bullying and problems at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with his Tell Me Why. Hanif Charles sang Who To Blame and Things Changing – both songs dealt with the changing culture of Barbados and how it affected the youth. But it was Shaki-K, the 2010 Barbados Workers’ Union winner, who laid it all on the line with her two very emotional songs, Help Me, which spoke to incest, and Fight Back, a song urging women to fight back against physical abuse. She received the first encore of the night.Although the tent was plagued with technical difficulties, it didn’t stop the likes of Young G from singing about Poverty Still Here, and first-timer to the House, Curtis “Winta” Winters, who sang Running and Details. The commentary continued with Gregory G, who warned Don’t Pull The Country Down but then picked up the tempo with De Battery.Party songs were also sung by Jimmy Dan, with We Got De Power and Come Together, and a duet with Sir Ruel called Sweet Sweet Carnival. Newcomer Mooney General did a slow wine with his Crop Over Baby and Don’t Stop Me.Popsicle, after singing Fed Up, got the crowd into a frenzy with his already popular Eric Jerome Dickey. The Dragon Slayer had Energy while Lady Essence showed that “fluffy” girls can enjoy Crop-Over Time too. She also sang a ragga soca duet with Sir Ruel called Bottle & Pan. Sir Ruel also switched to a commentary lauding the youth called We Are De Youth.Other party songs came from Sly La Ry who sang Ice, Linskee with Tax Man, and Capone and Danielle singing Horner Man and Back Back Wey, respectively, both of which are receiving much airplay. The show ended with Rusty, who performed Wine Yuh Body. Gorg did not perform because of personal reasons.