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Passion missing from Pot

August 10, 2007

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CPotCPotIF THERE IS one thing the Cockspur Cohobblopot proved, it was that Jamaican and Trinidadian artistes claim their space and make their stage where they will.

Jamrock’s Mr Vegas, and Trinbago’s Iwer George and Farmer Nappy, all forsook the impressive stage erected by the National Cultural Foundation for the penultimate Crop-Over festival event held at the National Stadium Sunday.

It was all in an effort to get closer to the 3 000 strong audience, from whom they were separated by at least 30 feet by the media box.

First to do it was Mr Vegas, who followed the opening set which comprised acts from De Big Show tent. None of the 11 calypsonians who preceded the dancehall artiste even attempted to get closer. They came, sang one song and left the stage without trying to entertain – with the exception of Ras Iley whose performance of Inez included Kadooment costumed dancers from the Israel Lovell Foundation.

Though it was intended for them to sing two songs, neither Pompey, John King, Observer (who promised to be back next year), Serenader, 2007 Calypso Monarch Red Plastic Bag, Ras Iley, Adonijah nor Mac Fingall – who also emceed that segment – did.

There was a completely different tone and sound when Mr Vegas‘ band tuned up and blasted the reggae riddims from the A&B Music mounted sound system. The younger people in the audience connected with his music, and were certainly entertained when he fled the main stage and made his space on the dais erected for the media. To his credit, the Jamaican star used two dancers from local group Yellow Tape to help in his presentation.

T&T’s Soca Monarch Iwer George is used to performing on big stages, and even more to connecting with his audience. He too abandoned the main stage to get close to ‘his people’. Country mate Farmer Nappy, a former front man with Machel Montano’s Xtatik, also understood the necessity for an artiste to be close to the audience and used the main stage only as a stepping stone to reach the people.

Only two Bajans took their cue from this. Ramases, from the trio that includes Styles P and Malcolm X, went a quarter way and seemed to decide against going the distance. But John Mahameed and Pong, who committed a “psychotic act” in taking off his shirt to show off what he thinks is a sexy body, followed their regional counterparts, and commanded the audience.

The show, which felt distinctly rushed, and a more upscaled version of the Cavalcades, also featured Sheldon Hope, Gregory Ayuen, Don Trent, Hypasounds, Kimberley and Keann, Sicky, TC, Tara and Natahlee, BoBo, Nard and People’s Monarch Mr Dale, Peter Coppin and Monstapiece Crew, DMZ and Jon Doe also took to the wheels. MC was Trevor Eastmond.

Source: Nationnews

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