Xplosion rocks Oval
A big “Xplosion” at Kensington Oval started last Saturday night and ended Sunday morning.
The side effects of the booming caused thousands to bounce, brace and wine, bubble and even “fog up de place” as they handled their business to sweet soca tunes.
All of this action took place at the Lime Soca Xplosion, hosted by Brewsters Road Crew and 7 Star Entertainment.
It was not a showdown, but simply an occasion when some of the best soca artistes out of Barbados and Trinidad came together and dropped some of their biggest hits.
But the Trinidadians seemed to have had the edge in sending the crowd wild. It may have been the crowd liking of the new soca hits coming out of this year’s Trinidad Carnival or just a general fondness for “Trini soca”.
Whatever it was, the feting intensified when the Trinidadians took over in the second half of the well executed show that had no hiccups, just fast-moving waistlines that went from left to right and up and down.
It was easy to Na Get Away when Blaxx took to the stage and Leh Go as all heeded his orders to “put your hands and let go” and get on bad as he did his Breathless and Tusty renditions.
Benjai, the Mr Feter and People’s Champion, encouraged his audience to Wine To D Side and “wuk” to his Trini tune.
Things got saucy when Denise “Saucy Wow” Belfon rode her bicycle onto the stage. Her stamina as she gyrated was unbeatable, an energy which was noticeably transferred to her attentive audience. “Bumpers” started to roll and stick when Belfon sang her 2013 Whining Queen hit.
Some serious bubbling went down when Iwer George started to sing Bubble until he switched to Come To Meh. George proved that after 27 years in the business, he knew how to get almost an entire crowd doing the “Iwer”, “Butterfly” and “Shadow”.
It was hot and not even a drizzle came to cool people down, but that did not stop the bouncing when Trinidad’s Road March King Super Blue sang about his Fantastic Friday. Blue’s hit was scheduled to be the last “Xplosion” and it seemed to have been one of the most powerful for the show, because it seemed that the crowd did not want to stop bouncing.
Local artistes also received their satisfying share of response and “wuk ups” from the crowd too.
Krosfyah, the first act on stage, accomplished the task of warming up the crowd with many of their popular hits, urging the patrons to have a Good Time, Get Loose and Sak Pase as they partied All Night Long.
The whole place was energized when Soca Kartel, the band with No Behaviour, took to the stage and ignited Foot On Fire. That pace continued when the “Soca Queen” Alison Hinds dropped her Faluma and Togetherness hits. The queen had no issues in getting her people to Brace And Wine.
The lyrics to Rupee’s I Am A Bajan hit were being sung by all accents when the singer stepped on stage. He continued to lead the choir for a while and then sent them into a Frenzy that caused them to Jump.
But according to Rupee, the excitement of the crowd was to be blamed on the music, and he advised that What Happens In De Party stays in the party.