It was pure vibes last Sunday night at Mahalia’s Corner. Yes it was like a Marzville in concert, but the entire package was simply phenomenal.
From the beginning of the show with house band 2 Mile Hill, to the Open Mic Segment to the featured artiste, patrons got their monies worth and then some.
Omar McQuilkin, better known as Marzville, was fantabulous. He showed his versatility and had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hands. He’s better known lately as a bashment soca artiste but Marzville took fans on a journey with his smooth silky vocals, showing that he still had it.
He sang ballad after ballad and had the ladies in the audience singing right along with him. He sang songs like I Need An Angel, Feels Right, I’d Rather, My Girl among many others. He brought tears to the eyes of many during his rendition of I Need An Angel.
Marzville said he used that song as comfort as he was going through a difficult time in his life at present, having lost his grandfather two weeks ago and his son being hospitalized.
When he downed his red jacket for a vest and his infamous backpack, the crowd knew exactly what was coming, but they weren’t nearly prepared for what Marzville brought. As the young people would say, that segment was “so hype”. He sang many of his bashment soca hits including Bam Bim, Gas It Up and Toc Tic. But, without question, it was his 2017 sweet soca hit Give It To Yuh that really excited the crowd.
He introduced the song singing Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are and it was quite a nice match. Once he started his song though, the crowd sang it word for word.
Also during this bashment soca segment, he brought on Stabby and the duo kept the crowd thoroughly entertained for nearly an hour with their bashment hits and friendly banter. Who knew they had so much personality? It may have come as a surprise for some but was welcomed by all.
The duo ended their set and the show by singing the National Anthem, to which everyone stood and sang right along with them. A first in the history of the Corner but no one was complaining.
Upon leaving the venue, many patrons where overheard commenting on what an excellent show it was and some even called for a part two.
Marzville told Bajan Vibes after the show he had a fantastic time on stage.
“I enjoyed myself. Mahalia’s Corner is the best corner to be on. If you didn’t go Mahalia’s Corner, something wrong, you don’t know what you missed,” he said.
He added, “I didn’t even get to rehearse properly. I was travelling doing bashment soca for a while so it was kind of difficult to get back into the ballads but I enjoyed it.”
Producer of the show and lead singer in the band 2 Mile Hill, Mahalia, said she too thoroughly enjoyed this show. “I just had a ball. I know I sing lead for the band, but sometimes it feels so good to sit behind someone like Marzville and Stabby singing background vocals. I had a grand time, I felt as though I was in the audience.”
“It was fun to have Stabby too. You see that banter we saw onstage, that’s priceless. You can’t pay for that there. That is pure organic vibes,” she said.
Stabby said, “The show was just vibes. It shows a different side and it was great. I always respected the band and they were awesome.”
The Open Mic Segment was also a hit and all should be commended for a job well done.
The show continues next week featuring the orange haired songbird Nikita and will climax the following week with regional soca princess Patrice Roberts.