The New Soca Brigade
The saying “move over, there’s a new sheriff in town” ran through my mind all night long during an event dubbed “Eruption” put on by the Saint Lucia Association of Registered Tents (START) on Wednesday evening. Although the soca event failed to attract a large crowd, it gave hope that the future of soca music in Saint Lucia seems to be in good hands.
A new generation of soca artistes who performed at the event proved that they are not waiting for the baton to be passed on to them, but that they are rushing into the spotlight with much confidence, as never before. And while a clear-cut soca sheriff may not be quite apparent yet, several “deputies” capable of wearing that badge soon were gunning for top turf on Wednesday.
The event kicked off with a tiny powerhouse in the name of Sweet Kay doing “D Vibe.” It is hard enough to perform at number one, but with a tough audience to break into, this kid was dynamic on stage. The only other performer (besides former Soca Monarch Alpha) to stir up any excitement during the first half of the show was CJ, another newcomer. His “Swef Jook” has all the trademarks of a Looshan road march song. His stage presence and dance moves also made him one of the attractions on the night.
The second half of the night opened up with another breath of fresh air in the soca arena for 2015. His name is Imran Nerdy and he performed his popular groovy “Drunk is my name” and “Down in de mung,” a favourite of mine.
D’Sean, who has been hitting hard for three straight years now, seemed a seasoned performer as well on the night, commanding every area of the stage as well as the speakers.
In the soca arena now for about four years, Mongstar has had a good run so far but this year, despite entertaining performances, he is still striving for his niche.
The award for most improved performer on the night must go to Mysterio whose “Feting Holiday” was out of the stable early in the season and has been unstoppable.
The reigning Groovy Soca Monarch Arthur and the Power Soca Monarch Ezra proved that their victories were no fluke and that in 2015 they will not only represent but defend well.
The song of the night was easily Sedale’s “Neighbour”. 2014 breakthrough artiste of the year, he had everyone either singing or dancing.
Hollywood HP, another of the performers, continues to be more than just a singer; he’s an entertainer.
These youngsters relegated the likes of Menell, Platinum George and Mantius, who also performed, to mere bench warmers on the night. But not Alpha, who proved that, despite his ups and downs, he is still one of the better soca performers around. Still, the veterans Ricky T, Q-Pid and Superman were able to collaborate with some extra ammunition on Wednesday to get the crowd going and all in an attempt to hold on to something, anything at all, while jostling for soca supremacy in Saint Lucia.
Q-Pid and Ricky T doing Rum and
Sweet Kay: Fresh on the scene but with a good vibe.
Mysterio: One of the most
Sedale: A soca star on the