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Hot ICE at the Complex
Tribe ignited the fire of C2K13 last weekend with its Ice Cooler Fete at Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain. The netball court at the sports facility was covered wall-to-wall as young people, armed with their coolers, partied until Sunday morning, with the disc jockeys, including Dane & Sachi and Nuphoric, really mixing up the music enticingly.
I particularly liked how they fused old school soca with the new stuff, further energising the masses.
Two noticeable aspects of this party were, it seemed to be attended by more women than men, and, women no longer rely on men to walk with coolers as many of them were seen wheeling their own.
The much anticipated One Fete is on tomorrow, and it is being staged at a new venue.
Usually held at the carpark of the Queen’s Park Oval, this year, One is being held at Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain, because of the ongoing Caribbean T20 cricket tournament at the Oval.
One 2K13 showcases the best in the business of soca, including Machel Montano, Kes the Band, Bunji & Fay Ann, Iwer and a host of other soca stars.
As early as last Tuesday, organisers announced that all tickets for this premier all-inclusive event had been completely sold out.
There is no rest for the wicked on the party scene this weekend as the third major school all-inclusive— Old Hilarians’ Back Home!...and better than ever—takes place tomorrow evening, from 4 pm, at Bishop Anstey High School Grounds, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain. Music will be by Dil-e-Nadan, featuring Raymond Ramnarine, General Imran Beharry and “Dr” Seales; Roy Cape All Stars, featuring Blaxx; and, Destra and Her Band.
This year, the girls have taken their cuisine a step further as their unique and much favoured horse meat is being prepared in a variety of ways.
The first major C2K13 “public” fete takes place tomorrow as well, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
It’s the Fire Services’ Blaze It Up Fete, starring The Asylum Band, featuring the husband and wife soca duo Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons, and many of the season’s popular artistes.
The Blaze It Up Fete will see the rejuvenation of an event that has stood the test of time; this as event organisers prepare to ensure patrons truly enjoy the feteing experience.
One of the big changes being made is the custom of solo artistes performing to tracks. “All artistes will be backed by a live band,” said an organiser.
Vincent & The Soca Unit will provide backup to the cast of solo entertainers which include, Lyrikal, Drupatee, Jahmoun, Devon Matthews, 5 Star Akil, Iwer George and Denise Belfon.
This bit of information has certainly peaked the interest of fete lovers, many of whom have complained about the former practice, over the years.
“We know this is going to raise the fete experience ten times fold. People enjoy a live band sound and we really want to deliver that feeling to them,” said the spokesperson.
Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and their Asylum band will headline Fire Fete 2013. The band has delivered a number of hits that have been lapped up by the population at large. From Bunji’s Differentology, Touchless and Only Woman to Fay Ann’s Crossover, We Doing This Awah, Stage Open, Formula and Rum, which she recorded collaboratively with Tobago’s Fya Empress, the Asylum stage show is expected to be something of a spectacle of carnival enjoyment.
Patrons are being assured of a well-secured arena at the Queen’s Park Savannah and promoters are pleading for the designation of drivers on the night of the event. “We can’t emphasise the importance of this. We don’t want any road incidents following Fire Fete, the first major ‘public’ Carnival fete for the season, really. We want patrons to be smart, that’s what it all comes down to,” said the spokesperson.
With gates set to open at 9 pm, acts for the night are plenty and each one has something massive to deliver. Nadia Batson’s Manager and Shangri-La, as well as Blaxx’s No Getaway, will likely cause a stir on show night.
For more information on the event, patrons can log on to www.etceterabuzz.com or Facebook—keyword, Fire Fete 2013-Blaze It Up.
San Fernando is not to be left out and the annual Maz Charitable Foundation’s fund-raising all-inclusive fete will be held tomorrow evening, at Kenson Group of Companies (opposite The Southern Academy for the Performing Arts), Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando. In the spotlight providing non stop music are Roy Cape All Stars, Dil-e-Nadan, Ronnie Mac Intosh & Experience, Benjai and more.
Tomorrow night, De Nu Pub (The Mas Camp), on French Street, Woodbrook, also comes alive when Victoria’s and The Goodmen Crew hold its annual Carnival Soca Jam, with music by DJs Dr Ross and Special Delivery.
It’s here, the 2K13 edition of the annual UWI FETE—“Yalla!......Let's Go!” One of the biggest Carnival fetes, with much food and music, the party is held on the spacious Principal’s Grounds, at UWI, St Augustine, in aid of UWI Development & Endowment Fund. Scheduled for Sunday from noon, music this year is by Roy Cape All Stars; Kes the Band; JMC 3Veni, feat KI; Dil-e-Nadan; and, DJ Crosby.
Staying in the east on Sunday, from 3 pm, Pan Trinbago stages the National Panorama East Single Pan preliminary, at the Velodrome, Arima.
Other Sunday parties include the Ridge Poolside all-inclusive; the Soaka Cooler Fete, at Bowen Marines, WMR, Chaguaramas; and Kabuki’s Sweet Soca Stew—D Premium Affair, at Kabuki’s residence, in Arima.
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