The 43rd annual Holetown Festival ended at the same location it was officially opened a week ago. But this time the closing event was a Soca Gold concert held Sunday night and not the traditional Miss Holetown Pageant.
Instead, the pageant will be held on September 20, 2020 to coincide with St James – We Gatherin’ activities set for that month.
On stage, before a seated crowd, was the crème de la crème of soca talent in Barbados. It was a blast from the past along with some more contemporary tunes.
The artistes were backed by the sweet-sounding Royal Barbados Police Force Band. The band was made up of five musicians playing brass instruments, two guitar players, one keyboardist and one drummer, all dressed in red polo shirts.
Bongo was first up with his 1991 hit song where he impersonates then Prime Minister Sir Lloyd Sandiford in the song Take It or Lump It. It was a lively start to the evening as the crowd sang along to the popular song.
The youthful Ricky Reid paid tribute to the late Mighty Carew with two energetic performances of Snakes in De Grass and Bow Wow Wow. It was fitting to remember Carew, a son of the St James soil. Carew, whose real name was Neville Denis Blackman, died in Weston during heavy floods on August 3, 1995. His entire home was washed away.
Mac Fingall served up some comedy before singing. He told jokes which touched on topics ranging from politics and sex to church. He sang Ding Dong, Good Time and Ah Go Wine.
Nathalee Burke caused the crowd to rock and wave in their seats with the patriotic Colours. She also sang Sun Till Sun.
Sweet-singing Adrian Clarke made sure the crowd had a Nice Time before launching into a spouge session with Another Try. He then did Ah Like It (Sexy Gal) and the infectious Soca You.
Road March boss Mighty Grynner hit the stage immaculately dressed in clothing signalling his acknowledgement of African Awareness Month. As soon he got on stage, he Turn(ed) up de Speaker leaving the crowd to chant: “We Want More Grynner. He ended with Leggo I Hand.
RPB began his performance with Ragga Ragga as he called Mac Fingall out on stage to do his part in the popular 2002 duet. But it was his 2009 hit song Something’s Happening that caused the crowd to stand to their feet. He also performed Alive and by the time he rendered the first note of Boat Ride, the place was in pandemonium.
Former Party Monarch Peter Ram sang Good Morning and We Gatherin’ before ending with All Ah We.
Holetown Festival ambassador Hypasounds fittingly ended the show. He started with Sugar Rush and Fair Sah before making his way into the crowd with Dip. One female tourist took the opportunity to dance with the singer.
But she was not the only visitor who had something to smile about as six lucky tourists were the recipients of give-aways thanks to sponsors. (IMC)