Despite heavy rain, the highly anticipated opening of the 2017 season of Mahalia’s Corner, came off with a bang last Sunday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Loyal supporters of the Corner braved the showers and packed the venue in expectation of enjoying a night full of talent. They certainly got a treat.
Patrons were thoroughly entertained by resident band 2 Mile Hill with their set. A lot of hidden talent was unearthed during the Open Mic session, which included Dario Piggott singing a beautiful rendition of the late . Prince’s Purple Rain
The audience did not have a moment to recover. Right afterwards came the spotlight artiste of the week, Jody Smith. He sang an original called Believe and a medley of popular songs which particularly resonated with the female members of the audience who stood at times in a show of appreciation for his angelic signing.
However, the man of night was Lil Rick, who was the one patrons came to see. He brought even more energy to the Corner.
From the time the reigning Party Monarch graced the stage, the crowd immediately rose to their feet. His 30-minute set was filled with a number of recent and older hit songs.
The audience was extremely appreciative of the different genres of his musical presentations. Backed by 2 Mile Hill, Rick displayed versatility, singing spouge, jazz, rock & roll and R&B along with his popular soca and old dub songs .
He told Bajan Vibes afterwards: “I enjoyed myself more this year because I was more comfortable. The second time around was better for me. As an artiste, I felt honoured to see the crowd sing along and back at you. That is so sweet , I just enjoyed myself.”
Mahalia also spoke to Bajan Vibes. She said: “It is an amazing feeling to have had seven seasons. When it started, it was just a little thing and now I can work with people like Lil Rick that I never thought I would have met, to have him and the other artistes come and inspire everybody “
Mahalia revealed that the show this year will be including regional soca artiste, Patrice Roberts, out of Trinidad and Tobago.
“This would be the first time that we ventured outside of Barbados to have a featured artist. We are one Caribbean, we are one people, everybody has something to share, to teach and to learn. We have more vibes and positivity in store, more creativity and more life.”