Popular producers Red Boyz celebrated their tenth anniversary in fine style last Saturday night with their Soca Ignition concert, featuring several popular Barbadian and Trinidadian soca artistes who have worked with the musical duo of Scott Galt and Mike Hulsmeier to produce many a hit song over the past decade.
Well past the scheduled 9 p.m start, long lines of traffic could be seen pouring into the Bagatelle, St Thomas venue, which was packed to capacity for the highly anticipated show.
By the end of the night, the general consensus among patrons was that they got their monies’ worth, as they left the venue thoroughly satisfied.
iWeb opened the show with last year’s hit song All Inclusive. He was later joined by members of the crowd, including the Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley, in a special ‘Big Up’ to the Red Boyz for producing quality music over the years.
“Celebrating ten years is a great achievement for anyone. These two guys they work hard and we see the results in their great music each year,” Mottley said to nods of agreement from within the large crowd.
Don Trent, Kirk Brown, TJ, reigning Sweet Soca Monarch Edwin Yearwood, Biggie Irie, Gabby, Red Plastic Bag, Nathalee, Damien Marvay and Nikita also took part in the musical tribute which crescendoed when Grynner hit the stage performing his infectious Turn Up De Speaker, already tipped to be the 2016 Road March song. Grynner received the only encore of the night and even then, the patrons still could not get enough.
Trinidadians Destra, Farmer Nappy and Third Bass, also flew in for the tribute concert and treated the crowd to many of their hits, including those produced by the Bajan duo.
Soca Queen Alison Hinds was not scheduled to be part of the line up. However, she joined MC Peter Coppin on stage, proving that she was a natural at all things to do with the microphone.
Reigning Party Monarch Peter Ram brought the concert to an explosive climax with last year’s hit All Ah We and his 2016 sweet soca offering Crop Over Good Morning.