Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 10th 2014 Contents Nyerere Haynes
The rains weren't enough to chase feters to the cov-
ered stands of the Jean Pierre Complex when head-
liner, Machel Montano, minus the HD band, hit the
stage at around three in the morning.
At stage front the scene was set for the performance
as a line of joined coolers provided a platform for eager
young women to wine uncontrollably. The effect that
Machel has on partygoers is insane. It doesn't matter
how old a song is--once he delivers it, it will be accepted
with open hearts. It didn't take long for him to get the
crowd singing with his anthematic 2014 release Happi-
est Man Alive. The simplicity of the song is almost ther-
apeutic, especially after a couple, it's a call to arms
insisting that life is short and should be enjoyed. He
went through his 2014 releases and scattered the set
with timeless Machel classics as well. By the time his
set was over it was clear that it wasn't enough to sat-
isfy the masses who were ready to enjoy an encore till
the end of the fete.
Besides performing Forget About It, Monster Wine
and Fight The Feeling, Kerwin Du Bois and Lyrikal, who
also did Conquer Meh , decided to get a little more inter-
active with the audience. Their impromptu wining com-
petition was evidence that the talent of Trinbagonians is
infinite. Where else in the world would random women
just respond to a call to the stage to shake their rear
Anyway, many were called and three were chosen and
by a crowd yay or nay system, a decision was made in
favour of the flexible slender woman in the black skin
tight whole suit because she really deserved it.
Also performing was Nadia Batson who joined 5 Star
Akil on stage for his set and to push their 2014 collabo-
ration Never Done.
It was refreshing to see vintage Soca still making it's
mark. Folks, who could been only a thought in their par-
ents mind at the time most of the songs were released
started doing the all too familiar jutted rear end hand in
the air dance. Invariably, as the DJ moved from The Lord
Kitchener's Audrey to The Mighty Sparrow's Saltfish
the crowd starting taking on retro dance moves under
the cover of the mist from the CO2 party cannon.
As per usual the turnout at Tribe ICE was well into the
thousands. The fete is immensely popular and is an
early assembly ground for all Tribe members. From the
roads surrounding the Jean Pierre Complex party-goers
along with their well stacked coolers could be seen mak-
ing their way to the party entrance where tight security
made their checks (coolers and all).
Friday, January 10, 2014 • Issue 122
If you are looking for tickets for
D'Original Vale Vibe breakfast
Party, good luck. The popular
breakfast party is sold out. This,
despite moving from its traditional
base in Diamond Vale, Diego Mar-
tin to Drew Manor in Santa Cruz
That the move did not affect
ticket sales says something about
the strength of the brand that this
original breakfast party has become.
That strength was certainly evident
last year when the courts denied the
promoters a bar license and the
party had to be cancelled at the last
minute. That didn't prevent die-hard
supporters from showing up at the
Amethyst Drive venue on Carnival
Sunday morning for an impromptu
lime or even after Christmas when a
Christmas into Carnival lime was
held. People showed up in droves
turning the lime into a block party.
With such a show of support the
Vale Vibe committee views the
move confidently as a new phase in
the development of the party, which
celebrates its 20th anniversary this
"We are moving on," says Wayne
Henry, who started Vale Vibe with a
group of friends as a post-Panorama
lime. But for him the move is an
emotional one. Born and raised in
the Vale, he is very proud of the
bonds that has developed with peo-
ple in the community and the way
the party has helped to preserve
Moving the party from its home is
not something the committee envi-
sioned but after the events of last
year, when one resident successfully
campaigned to have the party de-
nied a bar license, they felt it was
the best thing to do.
"It opened our eyes to how fragile
our tenure is here and we don't want
to experience that again," says com-
mittee member Robert Thompson.
Speaking out for the first time
since they made the traumatic deci-
sion to cancel the event, the com-
mittee members sought to correct
some of the information that came
out during the court proceedings.
"A lot of true facts were marred,"
said Marcia Young. "When this party
was small we beautified the park,
sadly a lot of these things didn't
come out. In the second year of the
party someone close to us died in an
accident and we gave what was left
of the proceedings to his wife and
we felt so good that after we
started looking for people to assist.
It wasn't supposed to be a medical
fund but it is an ageing community
so we ended up helping people with
a lot of medical problems."
Young said specific information
about the people they helped was
not revealed in court based on prin-
ciple but acknowledged that deci-
sion ended up hurting them.
"We gave away over $240,000,"
she said, noting that over the years
the committee would even offer to
put affected residents in hotels for
the duration of the party and place
security in peoples yards to prevent
The Santa Cruz venue undoubt-
edly removes much of the chal-
lenges the committee previously
faced in the Vale such as parking
and security as well as residents
holding them to ransom by demand-
ing extra tickets.
The venue will not be used for any
other fete this season, Thompson
said, and has a large green area
where the party will be held.
In keeping with their philanthropic
efforts, there will be air-conditioned
buses for their senior attendees and
a special area for them at the venue.
As expected the price has in-
creased from $600 to $775 but one
thing is expected to remain con-
stant: the vibe.
Anyone who has attended the
party knows there is a unique party
vibe that isn't readily experienced at
The committee isn't worried
though about losing that vibe with
the new venue as ticket sales show
their supporters are 100 percent be-
"We don't control the vibe," said
Thompson, "We accommodate the
vibe, the people are the vibe, we are
just guardians of it."
Rating for TRIBE ICE
Attendance: 5 BANDANAS
DJs: 5 BANDANAS
Performance line up: 3 BANDANAS
Vibes: 5 BANDANAS
Members of the Vale Vibe committee:
Wayne Henry, Salome Young, Marcia Young and Robert Thompson.
See photos on pg 14
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