Soca’s old gold
THE SOCA high priest held high mas’ for hundreds of his followers at a predawn session at the Plantation Garden Theatre last Sunday. Hitting the stage around 3 a.m., Trinidad’s David Rudder had fans drinking from his ever flowing fountain of hits. As was the case with the other acts, fans sang the words to every song verbatim. He filled the 55-minute performance with the hypnotic strains of Rally, Bahia Girl, Calypso, Trini To De Bone, Hammer, Dust In Yuh Face, Madness, High Mas’, Haiti and more. Rudder was preceded at the big Soca Gold fete by fellow Trinidadian Baron, who captivated patrons with his sweet voice and versatility.
Except for one song, which he and the band could not get sorted out, Baron had fans in the palm of his hands, as they lapped up every offering. Patrons harmonised on hits like Melodic Rhapsody, Make It Through The Night, Ah Feeling It, Somebody Going Jam You Tonight, Fire, Fire and Sweet Soca Man. The big band krosfyah, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, got the show off to a tremendous start. They treated fans to their big hits through the years, along with favourites from different islands. These included Oil Puming, Sweatin’, Brother Fuzzy, Yardie, Swinging Engine, Teaser, Something Greater Than Me and Voice In My Head.
Both calypso monarch Gabby and Sweet Soca queen TC got warm responses from fans when they made their presentations. TC dropped Wrong Name, Hot Sun And Riddim and Down De Road. Gabby digged from way back and thrilled fans with Gimme Soca, Deborah, Dr Cassandra and Jack. Red Plastic Bag completed the Soca Gold mix with Something In De Music, Ragga Ragga, La La and Something Is Happening. DJ Admiral Nelson kept things flowing with some back-in-time calypso hits that pleased the crowd.