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Hot Soca on the Hill

July 22, 2008
Thousands turned out for the third annual Soca On De Hill at Farley Hill National Park.

Thousands turned out for the third annual Soca On De Hill at Farley Hill National Park.

THOUSANDS of soca fans trekked to Farley Hill National Park yesterday for the third annual Soca On De Hill.

Dressed in their nippy shorts in hot summer colours, some women almost bared it all.

With just two weeks left before the big jump up on August 4, Barbadians and visitors soaked up the heat and sweet soca music from some of the island’s top artistes and DJs.

With a prompt start at 12 p.m., Jabae opened the show and set the mood for the other calypsonians.

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Crowd pleaser

Fraud Squad whipped the crowd into frenzy with their popular Pork Mout, causing patrons to jam on the front rails with their waistline shots. The song, which has been causing “the other white meat” to sell like crazy recently, paved the way for bumper guard Stabby.

Dressed in his bright guard suit, Stabby caused pandemonium at the front when he dashed off the stage to “hurt up a bumper”.

The ladies went wild with excitement, some fanning with their flags and rags after Stabby ripped off his shirt to reveal a fine physique.

Soca Junkie Mr Dale delivered his two hits as patrons screamed ‘No’ when he asked “Are you ready to go home?”. He had to leave, however, and headed to the airport to jet off to St Lucia, where he will represent Barbados in the Caribbean Soca Monarch, Competition.

Over in the VIP section, patrons jammed in style, some lounging around on comfy chairs, others drinking “big mout drinks” from the bar. One patron in this section, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he thought you should have been allowed more free drinks. He said the five tickets he was allotted went quite quickly, and after that he still had to pull his pockets and would probably end up spending another $100 before the day ended.

Although there were not many stalls, two proprietors agreed business had been pretty slow and they would have to wait until closing to assess the day’s takings.

Promoter Michael Agard said the size of the crowd had been hard to judge, but he was seeing a lot more visitors than the two previous years.

Agard said the show had been running smoothly and up to 3 p.m. he had received no complaints.

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