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Brass Festival crowd laps up 'chi-chi man' song
Posted By: News
Date: Monday, 24 February 2003, at 3:48 a.m.
The Play Whe Brass Festival attracted over 15,000 patrons to the PSA Grounds on Long Circular Road, last Saturday night
No incidents of violence were reported at the event and members of the audience expressed their thorough enjoyment of this year's event.
From as early as 7 p.m., the action began at the annual event with the band from Antigua/Barbuda, El A Kru. As brass lovers, flag crews and band supporters made the short, up-hill trek to the venue, Surinamese band South West took the stage next paving the way for the first Chutney band ever added to the Brass cast, Dil-E-Nadan.
Former Road March champion Sanelle Dempster then led Blue Ventures through the paces as the clocks swung toward 9 p.m.
After the ever-popular Imij and Company delivered a fantastic 40 minutes—with a guest performance from "Ramajay" captain, Rocky—Tony Prescott and Terry Seales got the flags waving with the band, Surface and special guests, Blazer and KMC—whose hit, "Carnival Rags" earned a tremendous response .
The show was an hour behind when soca diva Alison Hinds and the Bajan band Square One delivered several soca and dancehall selections.
Controversial Antiguan bard, Wanskie, made a guest appearance with Roy Cape All Stars as the crowd swelled and lapped up the much talked about selection, "More Gyal". Every single band performed the alleged anti-homosexual track, to the crowd's delight.
Ronnie McIntosh, Marvin Lewis and Destra Garcia held down the front-line for Atlantik and backed the Bajan sensation, Rupee as he came on to present his hit songs. As 2 a.m. approached Sean Caruth, "Cotton Candy" Hoyte and Shurwayne Winchester hit Traffik on-stage. With guest appearances from 96.1 personalities, "Hoppa", "Shal" and "Chinese Laundry", Traffik even added water to the Brass equation with a fire-hose as they performed "Splash (Water Coming)". "Laundry" also introduced Ragga Soca artiste, Maximus Dan—who fired up the audience with his hit "Kick It Way".
Militant missed his initial cue to deliver, "Passion" with Island Vibe, but caught a second spot as the band cleared the path to 3 a.m. Naya George and Faye Ann Lyons took turns thrilling the crowd and Lyons in particular created human waves with her smash hit, "Display". Joint Soca Monarch, Iwer George appeared next before Ragga Soca Monarch, Bunji Garlin brought in his Godfather's Asylum arsenal to steal the last of the audience's thunder. Benjai, Ninja, Scarface and Gailann all performed creditably, but it was Salickram brother, Shammi who earned the biggest appreciation with his collaborative hit single, "Soca Bhangra" and two impressive "freestyles".
Prompted by Garlin, Shammi first won the crowd with a freestyle about the lovely ladies in the audience. He then removed his hat to reveal thick dreadlocked braids, while explaining in song that he is "mashin up parties" because he's "ah black man in ah Indian body".
The Bahamian band, Visage came on next as the crowd began to disperse, with their popular song, "Still Need A Man". "Eddy" Charles and the band, Triple X closed the show, along with Ian "Strongy" Mc Kenzie's performance of "Ah Found De Tief" around 5 a.m.
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