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Hard start for Lead Pipe

Trinidad Express

Hard start for Lead Pipe

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Barbadian soca star Lead Pipe (Osvaldo Reid) had a rough start to his debut solo International Soca Monarch appearance, on Friday, at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad.

Performing in position number one in the groovy soca category, Lead Pipe, 27, had to wait more than two hours beyond his initial call time to get on stage. The late setting up by audio provider Johnny Q sound system was to blame for the delay, organisers said.

When Lead Pipe finally danced onto the stage to the opening notes of his hit Sometime after 10 p.m., he found his microphone was not working. Visibly frustrated, he signalled for the backing All Stars band to cut the music before walking off the stage.

Announcer Sunny Bling (Kerron Sealey) reintroduced the singer 15 minutes later only to have a recurrence of the same technical issues.

A clearly upset Lead Pipe held his microphone above his head and walked off the stage almost immediately.

Lead Pipe was eventually able to complete his performance without further interruption except for minor feedback. However, he did not finish in the top three in his category. T&T acts claimed those spots in both the groovy and power soca categories. (Trinidad Express)