The Super Gladiators tent got their 2017 season off to a start last Sunday night at the Roy Byer Centre in Waterford, St Michael. With a good mix of seasoned and new calypsonians, the tent gave a good offering to the much appreciative audience.
Calypso veteran Smokey Burke, a newcomer to the tent, gave a good showing of himself as he presented his two offerings for the season, Persona Non Grata and Portrait, which he dedicated to late artist Fielding Babb. He received encores for both his songs.
Julie, who made it to the semifinals of the Pic O De Crop competition last year, was also in fine form, giving good renditions of her 2017 songs Copy and Paste and Leaders.
Impact was also well received with Missing Calypso and Russian. Blank’s witty calypso Get Pun Dat was another hit with the audience; his second offering Save Kaiso was also good.
Besides Smokey Burke, other newcomers to the tent included former junior monarch, Honesty, who sang De Road Not The Place and Cobey Charles who sang Body to Body.
Other opening night performers were Papa Cloud, Princess Jan, De Sheriff, Prince Mikiyah and Akola.