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When it comes to fete performances
worth the money we pay to experience
them, Bunji Garlin, Fay-ann Lyons
and the Asylum Vikings are at the top
of the tier, followed closely by Grena-
da s Rolly Polly man Mr Killa and the
sweet tones of Kerwin Dubois.
Last weekend, those three acts stood
apart from the rest at the fetes we
At Queen s Royal College s (QRC)
revamped carnival event, Fete Royale,
Kerwin Dubois delivered a performance
that had patrons to sing along about
bumpers being "too real."
The event, which started at 5 pm
had a surplus of food---Italian, Creole,
Arabic, Indian and Chinese---and drinks
from Carib s elevated beer bar to
Angostura s semi-enclosed cocktail
lounge. It began with a performance
from Kes the Band, who was soon fol-
lowed by Dil-e-Nadan but it wasn t
until Kerwin Dubois came on stage
asking for permission to "wuk" that
the crowd flocked from the bars and
food court to the stage. Then came Mr
Killa, who promptly invited a "rolly
polly" on to the stage and gyrated on
her to the crowd s delight.
Bunji and Fay-Ann were in fine form,
with a performance that appealed to
the diverse audience. Their oldies as
well as the new songs were well-
received. Initially, Carnival Melee wasn t
too keen on her dance inspired Catch
Me, but her performance at QRC won
us over. Fete Royale was attended by
the closest thing we have to local roy-
alty, President Anthony Carmona.
After QRC, Carnival Melee took a
brisk walk in the light drizzle across
to the savannah for Fire Fete. Where
QRC attracted a mixed crowd, spanning
several generations, Fire Fete patrons
were definitely younger and more
Shortly after midnight Destra Garcia
graced the stage in a short, black, cheek
revealing body suit and fish-net tights,
performing her new hits like A Little
Bit and older songs. Destra shared the
stage with her newest band member
Olatunji Yearwood and her friend Jaiga,
formerly known as Super Jigga TC.
Strangely, Fire Fete patrons this year
seemed somewhat subdued. A theory
shared by a friend suggests that this
is because there really aren t many
Power soca tunes to encourage the wild
abandon and wicked joviality needed
in a fete.
Dare we say, this is another year
where groovy has taken over? What
do we have in terms of power? Iwer
George s Mama Oi, Machel Montano s
Ministry of Road, Erphaan Alves Hear-
ing Ah Talk? Are radio stations playing
any other power soca tunes? We aren t
Speaking about Machel Montano,
we also popped over to One Fete at the
Oval to catch his performance. The
party, like Fire fete was a bit subdued,
and Montano tried his very best to
bring the crowd to life.
The crowd responded best to his
older tunes and the master performer
that he is, he got the hype up to the
right pitch before unleashing his 2014
power jam, Ministry of Road. Ministry of Road
seems to be one of the Road March frontrunners
with the catchy hook, We want MOR, but the
season still has some way to go and more artistes
have to release their bombs.
This year s One Fete will be the last, according
to promoters Ultimate Events. It s one of the
best organised parties in the season and lots of
people will miss it.
We didn t go to Out in San Fernando on Friday
night, Fantasy s iUP or Fall Out s Full View Break-
fast Party in Gulf View, San Fernando on Sunday
morning, but from the number of exuberant
tweets about those parties, we can tell they were
The International Soca Monarch went into a
higher gear this week with the announcement
of the semi-finalists and draw for places for that
show which takes place on February 9 at the
There are 36 artistes scheduled to perform in
the Power category and 41 in the Groovy category.
We re not sure if our bodies can make it
through 77 performances, but where else will
you find this many artistes performing without
having to pay an exorbitant fee?
Soca trio steals the show
7 pm: Tobago Region National
Panorama Single-pan preliminaries.
Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet.
*The Nine Elements of Soca Spree,
Dwight Yorke Stadium Car Park, Tobago
4 pm: Bishop Anstey All-Inclusive Fete,
Bishop Anstey High School Grounds,
Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain
Roy Cape All Stars, Destra & Band, Bunji
Garlin & Asylum Band, Dil-e-Nadan.
5 pm: Northern Region National
Panorama Single Pan preliminaries
The Paddock, Queen's Park Savannah,
6 pm: Maz Foundation's Life All
Kenson Compound, Lady Hailes Avenue,
7 pm: Island People's Amnesia, The
Return of Happy
Pier 1, Chaguaramas.
8 pm: Chutney Soca Monarch Semi-
Rienzi Complex, Couva.
9 pm: Licensing Fete (The People's
Licensing Compound, Wrightson Road,
Midnight: #Loose Till Dawn. Twin Walls
Compound, San Fernando
*Soca Under the Samaan Tree, Old
Market Car Park, Tobago
3 am: Soaka Cooler Fete
O2 Park, Chaguaramas
Noon: Brasil: UWI Fete 2014.
Principal's Residence Grounds, UWI, St
Imij and Co, David Rudder, Dil-e-Nadan,
Roy Cape All Stars, JMC 3Veni, Black
Stalin, St James Tripolians Steel
Orchestra and DJ Crosby.
4 pm: Ridge Poolside All Inclusive.
Sunset Ridge, La Romaine
6 pm: South Central Region National
Panorama Single Pan preliminaries.
Pleasantville Community Centre
National Panorama Single Pan
7 pm: At various panyards.
This starry-eyed fan is totally captivated by Bunji Garlin
at the Out Cooler Fete at Napa in San Fernando on
Friday night. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
WEEKEND FETE SCHEDULE
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