Reigning National Calypso Queen Twiggy (Ann Marie Parks-Kojo) did not disappoint her New York fans who came to see and hear her at the grand Victory & Show event in New York last weekend. The concert was staged at the Afrika House at the corner of Bedford and Snynder avenues in Brooklyn, on August 8, by Hometown Studios and was designed to honour Twiggy for her 2009 triumph in the National Women's Action Committee's (NWAC) annual National Calypso Queen competition. Also being heralded for victories in T&T's Carnival festivities of '09 at the show were Bro Mudada, the reigning Veterans Monarch and Manzanilla's current Calypso Monarch Frosty Brooks.
Resplendent in a cream two-piece skirt-suit adorned with shimmering gold and a matching head-tie, Twiggy looked like a queen and she commanded the space of the venue as though it were her palace. She sang with passion, dancing and delivering her material with dynamism and flair. She moved majestically around the auditorium, interacting intimately with her captive audience. It was Twiggy the Titanic; the tantalising and, indeed, the tasteful.�Included in her performance was a stirring rendition of Calypso, a composition of songwriter Jerry James, who penned the two calypsoes which won Twiggy the historic inaugural National Calypso Queen title back in 1985. James was in the audience last Saturday as were Baron, King Wellington, Dr Leroy Calliste (Black Stalin) former National Calypso Queen Shirlane Hendrickson, Tuco executive Sherma Orr and showbiz impresario Dawad Phillip.
Supporting Twiggy musically at the show was guitarist Jimmy Brown and his band, with Ajala, Lovey and Garth David. For the presentation of her title-winning composition One For Obama, the long-serving Village Drums of Freedom joined Twiggy. What resulted was thrilling and exhilarating. The lady performer exhibited some of what would have contributed to her making it to the 2009 Dimanche Gras finals after 34 years in the business of show business.
She took time to recognise her colleagues in the audience, singling out Black Stalin as one of her mentors whom she said "taught me how a lot about this business (entertainment) while on a tour of Europe early in my career." She publicly thanked Stalin for the gesture.
It was sad indeed when the end came.
The patrons demonstrated their appreciation with uproarious ovation as Twiggy (who by this time had lost her head-tie, her dreadlocks cascading down past her buttocks) left the stage. Lord Nelson, a special guest at the show, was outstanding as well with a classic showing which only he could produce. Then there was Frosty Brooks who commanded great attention for his animated and well-executed repertoire. Ajala, Brown Boy, Lovey and Garth David also added good memories to an evening which will long be remembered. Bro Mudada brought the curtain down nearing four the following morning and enjoyed the support of his many fans who had waited all night to hear him.