Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 24th 2014 Contents A38
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Which fete really starts Carnival?
Around the T&T Guardian news-
room the argument is between
Tribe ICE cooler fete and Trinity
College s Soka in Moka.
They are two very different events.
Tribe brings the cooler action, costs
less and had great performances
from among others, Machel Mon-
tano and Bunji Garlin while Soka in
Moka is the first in demand all-
inclusive event for the season.
They were both great events that
signalled to different demographics
that Carnival has started.
Tribe Ice was packed with cool-
er-toting fete-goers from as early as
11 pm. Inside the fete, DJs blasted
soca songs from 2013 and the new
music for this Carnival season, with
Machel and Bunji on heavy rotation.
Both artistes received the thumbs-
up from patrons, who were trying
to guage the temperature---albeit a
bit early---for what song might dom-
inate the road.
This year, Soka in Moka drew its
largest ever crowd. Priced at $700,
it is one of the more reasonably
priced all-inclusive fetes and it cer-
tainly lived up to its reputation as a
well-organised event with fantastic
If you went to the party with your
"belly in your hand", there was a
wide range of culinary options from
which to choose. As usual, the big
hits were the Chinese food and the
roast pig. There was a change in the
musical lineup this year, with Bunji,
Fay-Ann and the Asylum Vikings
replacing Kes the Band as headliners.
And what a change it was. Bunji and
Fay-Ann electrified the crowd, with
Bunji delivering the hits like So And
So, Irregular, Snake Oil, last year s
classic Differentology and this year s
Truck on D Road and All O Dem.
But it was Fay-Ann who literally got
the crowd on the move with her
2014 hit Done De Party. Expect this
tune to "mash up" lots of fetes this
Also we hit the first concert in
the Eye Slam Concert Series spon-
sored by Slam 100.5fm and Kes the
Band delivered an energetic and
entertaining performance, though
we will admit that they got more
love for last year s hits as compared
to their newer work, with the excep-
tion of the song Never See Come
See which seemed to be a hit.
Akil Borneo (5 Star Akil) hit the
ball for six with his performance of
Partier and this year s hit To My
Heart. Crowd reaction was at 100
There seems to be more soca than
radio stations can keep up with and
the typical heap of bacchanal and
over 150 fetes and Carnival events
over the next six weekends, culmi-
nating on Carnival Friday night at
the International Soca Monarch
There is a longer season and fetes
are plentiful. The last weekend before
Carnival Monday and Tuesday will
see 21 events taking place, most of
which are being held in Port-of-
Spain. We have a long way though,
before we get there.
The National Carnival Commis-
sion (NCC) has changed the route
for the Parade of the bands. This
means that bands that usually follow
the parade route will be heading East
across the Savannah stage, instead
Prepare for protests, boycott s etc.
If it s anything like last season, no
decision will actually be made until
days before our beloved national fes-
Farmer Nappy also found himself
in a bit of a bacchanal early on, when
it was discovered that his song Big
People Party, an ode to all-inclusive
events, had a doppleganger in the
A hot start to the Big Fete season
8:30 am: Flavorite Supreme Ice
Cream National Schools Soca
Monarch Semi Finals. City Hall,
10 pm: OUT Cooler Fete. South
Academy of Performing Arts
(SAPA) compound, San
5 pm: Evolve All Inclusive.
Evolution Park, Chaguanas.
5 pm: Fete Royale (Queen's
Royal College), QRC Courtyard,
8 pm: Lydians Limers Inc.'s
Handle It! Fundraising Cooler
Cruise. Harbour Master, Port-of-
9 pm: 1 Fete All-Inclusive. Queen
Park Oval, Port of Spain
10 pm: Heatwave (Fire Fete
2013). Queen's Park Savannah,
Port of Spain.
5 am: In Full View Breakfast
Party. Gulf View, San Fernando.
10 am: Carnival Hunters 2.0 -
Police Academy Training
Grounds, St. James
3 pm: Tobago Love the
Xperience All Inclusive. Bishop's
High School compound,
3 pm: Set It Off Cooler Cruise.
Harbour Master, Port-of-Spain
3 pm: Jour De Fete. Canboulay
Restaurant and Lounge.
4 pm: The Kooler Inclusive.
WEEKEND FETE SCHEDULE
Soca star Fay-Ann Lyons, is about to drop a cheeky freestyle verse for her
husband Bunji Garlin during their energetic performance at Soka In Moka at
Trinity College on Sunday evening. PHOTO: DARREN RAMPERSAD
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