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Legendary DJs stir up nostalgic memories on New Year’s night

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friends Aleah Khan and Garvey Campo have a blast on New Year’s Night.

The legends of sound came out in all their glory on New Year’s night, and party lovers had their fill and then some on board the Coral Vision ocean liner, owned by soca Boss, Neil Iwer George. The Home Grown Entertainment promoted event was touted as “the” event for real music lovers who remembered partying to veteran DJs, King Papa Rocky, Starchild, Dr Hyde, Teddy Mohammed, Howie Tee and Ishmael The Demolition Man. From as early as 6 pm, the lines outside the Cruise Ship complex were long, as the eager fans of the veteran sound men stood waiting to step on board the double-decker boat. A late boarding start left many a bit agitated, as even with much advertisement of a prompt 7 pm sailing, the boat did not depart until after 8 pm. 

An apology was given on behalf of the promotional outfit, with patrons being told that the delay was merely because of the security checks that are a rule of thumb among the port security. The vibe, however, came shortly after, as the first DJ to engage the crowd of approximately 500 patrons was none other than 96.1WEFM’s Ishmael The Demolition Man. The young veteran, as he is viewed by many, experienced some minor technical stumbles, which were quickly sorted out. His magic fingers proved to be just as many remembered, as he immediately turned up the heat with songs of yester-year. In the crowd, patrons basked in the moment, unsure as to when they would experience another event of that calibre. There was no stopping the energy as Ishmael’s exit made way for Howie Tee’s entrance. The undisputed master of the old school immediately showed that he’s no ‘just come.’ In fact, Howie stole the show, according to some. His set was just about 45 minutes and soon after, Dr Hyde was on the mic. Between Howie Tee and Dr Hyde’s sets, the crowd was treated to tracks from Bob Marley, Buju Banton and other reggae favourites. 
Dr Hyde and his DJ brought on the slow vibe for those who yearned for that up close and personal level of enjoyment, but he also showed the versatility of real DJs, bringing party lovers up to date with new soca hits for Carnival 2012. Papa Rocky and Teddy Mohammed were billed as the veterans who were flying in from the US for the event, and many came out just to get a taste of their flavour. In the crowd, SLAM 100.5FM DJ, John Boy moved to the sounds, enjoying every moment of the night. Iwer George stood toward the back on the top deck of the vessel, looking on happily and moving to the music, some of which were his old styles that many hadn’t heard in years. Soca artiste Blackie was also on board. The night was indeed a memorable one for most, if not all. The vessel returned to the dock just before 1 am, and due to some unforeseen circumstance, RED 96.7FM’s Shot Master J and Devon Matthews were denied their playing time, ending things a bit abruptly. All in all, however, I Am Legend – The DJ Edition was a cruise unlike any other experienced in recent years. 


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