Out­ra­geous Sexy in Black 2015 will be a ‘Big Peo­ple Party’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The best of Caribbean soca artistes are ex­pected to hit the stage on July 17th at this year’s ‘Out­ra­geous Sexy in Black’. The car­ni­val main­stay is a sig­na­ture event from popular lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion, The Wave. At a press launch, Coun­try Manager Sue Mon­plaisir ex­plained the thought process be­hind the un­usu­ally early rev­e­la­tion of the line-up: “This year we thought, ‘How are we go­ing to do this dif­fer­ently? How are we go­ing to present ‘Out­ra­geous Sexy in Black 2015’?’ We thought, ‘You know what? Why not dur­ing jazz?’ So we de­cided ‘Let’s party and start the fete.’ Just 4 Fun did it. They launched a few months ear­lier. So we de­cided to do the real kick­off dur­ing jazz.”

Sched­uled to per­form are Bar­ba­dian duo Lead Pipe and Sad­dis, who en­joyed a very suc­cess­ful Trinidad car­ni­val sea­son with their smash ‘ Ah Feel­ing’. Trinidad’s 2015 Groovy Monarch Olatunji Year­wood will be on the bill, with fans sure to warm up to crowd favourite ‘Ola’. Also on tap is Fadda Fox with the of­fi­cial an­them of tru­ant em­ploy­ees, ‘ Duck­ing’. On is­land for the launch was an­other crowd pleaser, Farmer Nappy, who spent years as a key cog in the Machel Mon­tano and Xtatik jug­ger­naut. Nappy penned sev­eral hits for the soca king be­fore em­bark­ing on his own foray into the spot­light, putting out hits like ‘ Aroused’, ‘ My House’ and ‘ Big Peo­ple Party’; the lat­ter of which spawned a bit of fric­tion with a well-known St Lu­cian artist.

In his re­marks, Farmer Nappy did not shy away from ad­dress­ing the brouhaha: “I would like to say thank you very much for hav­ing me back in St. Lu­cia. Last year I was not able to come be­cause there was a con­tro­versy with ‘ Big Peo­ple Party’, Farmer Nappy and Ted­dyson John. We mended it in New York City at the Brook­lyn Mu­seum. You know it was just a co­in­ci­dence some­one sold me a song in Trinidad not know­ing that Ted­dyson had in­volve­ment with the mu­sic. But it’s not to say that St. Lu­cian peo­ple did not want Farmer last year. Be­cause when I didn’t come to the show peo­ple start call­ing and ask­ing, ‘Why you wasn’t there?’ I chose not to come be­cause I wanted to quiet down the bac­cha­nal. But this year is ‘ Big Peo­ple Party’ in my house so that is why I am here.”

Spon­sors in­clude KFC, Pi­ton Beer, St. Lu­cia Dis­tillers and ti­tle spon­sor LIME.

LIME Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Ex­ec­u­tive, Shar­lene Jn Bap­tiste, shared why the com­pany has con­sis­tently con­tin­ued with its sup­port: “LIME has been a spon­sor of ‘Out­ra­geous Sexy in Black’ for many years be­cause we see the value in the event. It is ac­tu­ally an event which has set the stage for many oth­ers that fol­lowed and we are very happy to say that we were in­volved and still are in­volved in one of the first events of its kind. Ev­ery year it’s some­thing to look for­ward to. I think the idea of be­ing an event that in­flu­enced even how peo­ple dressed at the time was the first of its kind and we have seen oth­ers fol­low suit af­ter that.”

Early bird tick­ets went on sale dur­ing the jazz fes­ti­val and Mon­plaisir is urg­ing strag­glers to get on board quickly: “For those per­sons who know they’re go­ing to be there, you know you want to be there; don’t wait un­til the last minute.”

She added that this is just a teaser to whet ap­petites and pa­trons should stay tuned for more sur­prises.

“You will get the best of St. Lu­cian artistes. When I say the best, I mean the best. We’ll get the best of Trini soca artistes, we’ll get the best of Bajan soca artistes; just the best you can ex­pect for 2015 when you head down to Gai­ety grounds car­ni­val Fri­day.”

Farmer Nappy was equally ef­fu­sive: “Trust me; ‘Out­ra­geous Sexy in Black’ will be off the hook.”

The Wave Coun­try Manager Sue Mon­plaisir with Farmer Nappy at last week’s launch of ‘Out­ra­geous

Sexy In Black’.

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