Headliners Calypso Tent opened last night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, with the distinguished knight after whom the facility is named among the audience, and they were treated to just over three hours of excellent calypso and comedy.
Colin Spencer stood out among those rendering social commentary with his It Aint Only Me, which defended his right to support the ruling Democratic Labour Party. He also pointed out several others in society who were also party supporters by virtue of positions which they now held.
The multi-talented Crystal Cummins-Beckles with Wake Me Up and an up-tempo scorcher called Festival Baby, also had an impressive outing. Expect her to have a fabulous Crop Over season.
Ian Webster also delivered a sizzling selection called All Inclusive and a social commentary piece entitled What Is Calypso. It was a good concept, but there is sure to be divided opinion as to whether the lyrics really supported the intended message.
Faith Callender not only looked good on stage, but sounded well also with her Take Me Out party number.
Smokey Burke’s Freundel The First, or perhaps more to the point, King Freundel I, dealt with the question of the monarchical system versus republicanism and is a must listen. He doubled as emcee for the night and was a complete riot.
Blood, Ishiaka, Bumba and several others added to an enjoyable night, completed by terrific musical accompaniment from the band.(WG)
See full review on Wednesday in Bajan Vibes.