The New Soca Brigade

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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

Coke!

Sweet Kay: Fresh on the scene but with a good vibe.

Mys­te­rio: One of the most

im­proved.

Sedale: A soca star on the

rise.

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