The audience at the 2012 edition of Yorke Incorporated’s 50th anniversary of Independence all-inclusive was left craving for more after a performance by Dexter Stewart, the musical powerhouse known to Soca fans as Blaxx. The charismatic vocalist and energetic performer put the exclamation point on an evening of premium all-inclusive partying. The annual Independence event was this year held at a spacious residence in Valsayn and was headlined by Blaxx, backed by the beloved Roy Cape All Stars. While some partygoers were enjoying the fete’s culinary delicacies and wide array of top class beverages, the majority could not fight the urge to gather stage side to experience the exciting and enjoyable set from the Roy Cape frontliner and his long time band. With a virtually never ending supply of vocal stamina, Blaxx delivered a wide range of musical genres such as Soca, Chutney, Pop, Dance and Old School R&B. He kept the crowd moving to several of his original hits, including Tanti Woi, Tusty, Good Time and Carnival Jumbie.
The musically diverse singer had patrons singing along to his renditions of popular songs by Machel Montano, Beenie Man, Al Green, Usher and Maroon 5. A true family man and advocate for the development of T&T’s youth, Blaxx expressed pleasure to perform at this particular annual event as part proceeds are donated to Kind (Kids in Need of Direction), a Laventille-based organisation that aids children in need; and, also towards an annual bursary to the UWI Alumni which assists needy students who require financial assistance to complete their education at the university. Promoter Gerard Yorke, who is receiving rave reviews for his Independence soiree, was pleased with the success of this year’s fete and the quality of performance that Blaxx and company brought to the occasion. Blaxx took a moment while onstage to wish those in attendance and by extension all Trinbagonians around the world a happy and blessed 50th anniversary of Independence and urged everyone to continue to spread Trini love and keep the positive vibes flowing into 2013 and beyond. Although Blaxx is constantly performing, touring and making appearances at events internationally, he is still in preparation mode for what he describes as “an electric Carnival 2K13 season.”
Celebrating the Republic
Next Wednesday, to mark Trinidad and Tobago’s 36th anniversary as a republic, De Nu Pub, Woodbrook is staging a Pre-Republic Day Kaisoca Rapso Concert. This one in a lifetime show features 3Canal, Denyse Plummer, Bro Valentino, Luta, Sprangalang and Cummings & D Wailers, and begins at 8.30 pm. Other Republic Day holiday events include next Friday’s Ministry of Planning & The Economy and Ministry of Arts & Multiculturalism staging of A Multicultural Exposition, featuring Mungal Patasar & Pantar, at Lord Kitchener Auditorium, National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port-of-Spain. On September 22, the Lions Club of Port-of-Spain North hosts Dining with the Stars IV—An Enchanted Evening, at Lions Cultural Centre, Wrightson Road Ext, Port-of-Spain.
That same evening, Genesis is launching its C2K13 presentation—Mirror—at Chaconia Hotel, Saddle Road, Maraval. On September 23, Paprazzi Carnival heads for the high seas for its Tan Lines Cooler Cruise, aboard the Harbour Master, docked Econo Cars Pier, WMR, Cocorite. On that day, there’s also the Angostura Rumfestival 2012, at House of Angostura, EMR, Success Village, Laventille; One Republik, at O2 Park, Western Main Road, Chaguaramas; ReThePublic, featuring Black Stalin, Roy Cape All Stars, 3Canal & the cut + clear crew, and Republic Bank Exodus, on The Greens of the Queen’s Park Oval, Havelock Street, St Clair; and Trini Revellers launch of Brazil, for C2K13, at Windsor Road, Valsayn North. On the actual holiday, on Monday, Malvern Sports Club celebrates its 70th anniversary with its Vintage Wine & White Awards Ceremony, at The Atrium of Guardian Life Building, Westmoorings.