Gimme Soca fans enjoy Crop Over preview
by Katrina King
If last weekend’s Gimme Soca show were a preview of what to expect this Crop Over, then we are in for a thriller of a summer festival.
Like bees to honey, hundreds of soca lovers descended on Pirate’s Cove last Saturday for the premium event featuring some of the region’s best soca artistes, including Patrice Roberts, Skinny Fabulous, Voice, Lyrikal, Motto and Shal Marshall.
It was non-stop partying and wukking up as sweat-drenched soca fans ensured their got their money’s worth out of the fete which climaxed around 3:30 a.m. Sunday following Skinny Fabulous’ exhilarating performance.
But even before the headliners hit the stage, local performers including Bashment Soca King Stiffy Star Quality, Scrilla, Jagwa De Champ, Hypasoundz and Fadda Fox ensured that the soca pot came to a boil.
In his usual fashion, Stiffy made sure the ladies were ready to ‘tip and ben ova’ and to ‘balance pun it’ before Scrilla came with his different types of Wood and encouraged them to Gyal Drop.
Fadda Fox also delivered on the night with a medley of his 2015 to 2017 hits, such as Ducking, Wuk and Good Ole Days.
He was later joined by St Lucian soca artiste/producer Motto for Shell Dong Dat.
The crowd got rowdier when the chorus for Motto’s hit Bend Dong began.
Taking over the stage after that was Lyrikal who didn’t even have to sing as the members of the crowd seemed to know every last word of his songs. Jammin Sake, Cloud 9 and Rude Wayz were among the obvious favourites, as soca fans belted out the words, while simultaneously pelting their waistlines.
By the time the soca princess Patrice Roberts came on stage, the crowd was in an uproar.
Before a crowd of adoring Bajan fans, Patrice sang hit after hit, including Big Girl, A Little Wine and her 2018 carnival hit, Like It Like That, which features Kes.
Also joining the group was Shal Marshall who seemed to possess never-ending energy. Jumping with the crowd, the Trinidadian soca artiste had #No Behaviour as he ran across the stage singing Splinters; it was as though the ground was shaking.
Reigning International Soca Monarch Voice captivated the crowd with his honey-like vocals as he performed his 2018 carnival hits, including Full of Vibe and Year of Love.
However, it was the Vincy, Skinny Fabulous, who elevated the crowd to cloud nine with a medley of hits such as Head Bad, Plenty and Go Hard before closing off the show and leaving fans on a definite soca high.