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Bois champ: I’ll be a warrior till I die
“I will be a warrior till I die.”
Those were the words of vet-
eran bois man Moses Ralph as he
copped the King of the Rock title
at the 2018 National Stick Fighting
Competition in Point Fortin on
At the age of 65, Ralph has no
plans to slow down, saying that
he would die for the art of stick
fighting to live on.
While it was no easy feat to
achieve, Ralph’s victory came
with the notable absence of Rio
Claro Gayelle’s Selwyn John and
Valiant Brothers’ O’Neil’ Odel,
who have dominated the cate-
gory over the past five years.
In the final bout of the night,
Ralph of the St Mary’s Gayelle,
drew blood against Princes Town
Gayelle’s Anderson Marcano to
take the title. But Marcano would
have his glory as the Princes
Town Gayelle were the Kings of
Speaking to reporters at Clifton
Hill Beach, Ralph likened stick
fighters to Spartan warriors, who
were rated at one of the best ar-
mies in history for their diligence
and discipline. However, he said
love was needed in the art form
for it to progress.
“What we need to upgrade
stick fighting is love and unity.
When we play one another, we
must not vex with each other.
If we have to decide to play this
game continually, we have to
have love in our hearts as stick
warriors. This game is for Spar-
tan warriors. This game is a blood
sport and we must have love for
our brothers,” Ralph said.
Earlier on, Terrence Marcano
of the Princes Town Gayelle and
Daniel Barclay of the St Mary’s
Gayelle were disqualified from
the competition after the bout
broke out into an actual fight.
One of the ringmasters who at-
tempted to part the fight was
struck in the face by a bois. Police
at the event rushed to part the
bois men and control the sup-
porters from entering the ring.
There was a notably smaller
crowd at the venue, which was
only confirmed last week after a
boycott by bois men in the pre-
liminary round had put the com-
petition in jeopardy. Bois men
had protested for an increased in
Following a meeting with the
National Carnival Commission
last week, there were increases
in prize monies. (KF)
Confrontation forces Patrice,
Lyrikal out of Big Bad Soca
Although the rain failed to put a
damper on Wednesday night’s Big
Bad Soca fete featuring US Grammy
nominee Cardi B, the drama behind
the scenes led to 2018 Road March
contender Patrice Roberts and US-
based Lyrikal boycotting the show.
Roberts and Lyrikal were among
the original cast of artistes to perform
at the event at the Brian Lara Cricket
Academy car park in Tarouba.
Roberts arrived backstage around
2.45 am yesterday and found that
there was no changing room to pre-
pare for her presentation, especially
after just finishing a gig in Couva.
According to her manager Adanna
Asson, they arrived an hour earlier
than they were expected to hit the
stage as Roberts had a specially pre-
pared outfit for the event.
Asson said what they met backstage
were two trailers for Machel Montano
and Cardi B. Under two tents was a
bar where people had crowded to
shelter the rain.
She said a committee member of 66
Entertainment, the promoter of the
event, was apologetic but empathised
with the people sheltering in the rain.
Still determined to perform, she
said Roberts’ team formed a human
barricade, used tables and “house
and land” umbrellas to allow her to
change into her outfit.
While waiting for Bunji and Fay-
Ann’s set to finish, they were bumped
down the order for Cardi B. Still pa-
tient, she said that a woman who
came with Montano’s dancers told
everyone that they needed to clear
the tent. The rain was still falling so
those under the tent, which included
Roberts and Lyrikal stayed.
She said some time later, a man
came with an authoritative tone, and
ordered everyone to vacate the tents
as they attempted to create a partition.
“It still meant that we had to go out
in the rain. At this point in time, I told
them that my artiste was here and he
said he did not care and that we had to
clear the tent. Our breaking point was
when he started to talk and put his
hands in an artiste’s face,” Asson said.
She said up to yesterday, they did
not know who the man was as he
wore no uniform of the promoters or
Montano’s crew. Calls were made to
66 Entertainment for a response, but
no one answered. Asson said despite
the upset, Roberts holds no malice to-
wards the promoters and is willing to
work with them again.
“We have worked with this pro-
moter before and never had any is-
sues in the past. Up to last year, we
performed at their event and the
treatment was impeccable. We hope
to work with them in the future and
we will talk to iron things out.”
During his set, Bunji Garlin com-
mented on a layout that proved to be
awkward at best, with a fence down
the middle separat-
ing General patrons
from VIP and an-
other fence separat-
ing VIP from Ultra
VIP that pushed VIP
further away from
the stage. In the
VIP section, patrons
were promised a
food inclusive expe-
rience but were dis-
appointed with the
offerings as many
expressed that they
felt duped by the promoters.
While Bunji and Fay-Ann delivered
excellent performances, it was Hip
Hop artiste Cardi B who had patrons
screaming her censored lyrics word
for word. Coming on stage to one of
her more recent hits, MotorSport, the
artiste displayed her signature upbeat
personality as she shared that she was
She performed for about 10 min-
utes before saying she didn’t come
for American music and introduced
Machel Montano, who brought the
Soca Kingdom to South, keeping pa-
trons warm as the rain beat down.
Patrons were short-changed with
the absence of Voice and Shal Mar-
shall, however, Jamaican artiste Shen-
seea, Nailah Blackman and Preedy all
lived up to the hype.
US Grammy nominee Cardi B during her performance at the Big Bad Soca
fete at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy car park in Tarouba on Wednesday.
PICTURE KRISTIAN DE SILVA
King of the Rock, Moses Raphael, left, in action against Anderson Macano during the finals of the NCC
stick fighting competition at Clifton Hill Beach in Point Fortin, on Wednesday night.
PICTURE RISHI RAGOONATH
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