The Hypa Dog was loose in St Joseph this past weekend and not even the intermittent rain showers could stop his 30-minute musical rampage that proved to be a major highlight of the Errol Barrow Day installment of the 2018 Naniki Music Festival.
Backed by the band Black Banana, it was sweet chaos from the time he took to the stage with Wait Til Tonight, one of his 2017 Crop Over offerings.
By then, most patrons were already on the edge of their seats, so that by the time he delivered Advantage of Me, I like Muh Myself and Blessing, there was hardly a chair in use on the lush green lawns of the St Joseph home of the annual festival.
However, it wasn’t until he delivered All Is Rum and Iz A Bajan that the venue really experienced the full ‘chihuahua’ effect, as Lil Rick whined and twisted his body to its maximum in keeping with his signature radical dance moves.
During his electric performance, Rick, who is the reigning Party Monarch asked the crowd if he should attempt a hat trick this Crop Over after claiming his second consecutive win last year, to which the audience applauded in a strong show of agreement.
Earlier in the night, seasoned performer Khiomal delivered a soulful rendition of Stevie Wonder’s Ribbon in the Sky before changing up the tempo with Watch Out My Children, which was originally done in reggae by Ras Shorty I.
The Krosfyah singer was later joined on stage by Alicia Yarde for an enthralling take of Beauty and the Beast, originally sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson before he opted to raise the tempo again – this time with a captivating performance of Rupee’s 2002 hit Till Morning before closing his set with Sak Pase by Krosfyah.
Other notable performances came from Three Horn Madness, which comprises of Neil Brathwaite, Alexis Baro and Dennis Rollins. They kept spirits high for most of the afternoon with their up-tempo jazz after the ensemble, featuring Mylon Clarke and Andre Forde, opened Sunday’s show with saxophone and steel pan, prepping the crowd for what was a truly delightful evening of music.