A huge crowd congregated in the car park of The Kentucky Fried Chicken in Hastings, Christ Church. And although the fast-food restaurant did benefit from the numbers, the reason for the gathering had more to do with the party on the outside than what was happening on the inside.
Patrons were there taking in some of the best in live entertainment as part of a promotion of the Flow/Hott FM Carnival Safari. From 6 p.m. to midnight, it was non-stop partying, liming and laughs. Patrons frequented the bar set up on the outside, while others used the occasion to secure their favourite meal from KFC.
The festive mood was kept alive thanks to the skills of Dee Jays. Those who entertained the crowd were: Scott Le Roc and Mali Fresh, Gunner & Niko Vybz, RocFresh, Daddy Biggs and Jazz and J Post.
At around 10 p.m., the live acts took to the stage. First up was Jus D. He performed Hole, Manager and So What. Next up was Walkes, fresh from participating in the International Soca Monarch Semis in Trinidad.
Walkes gave a taste of what is to come for this year’s Crop Over season with a song carrying the hook line: “Hot gal wuk yuh body”. He also did favourites such as WukUp and Bend, Meet Meat and Champions of Colour.
Mole’s arrival on stage changed the entire mood as he proclaimed: “Daddy now land”. The bashment soca singer dropped a verse and chorus of his 2020 Birdie song, much to the delight of the crowd who asked for more, and he obliged. Mole also sang Do It Fah Daddy, Boom Flick and Deh Wid Um. He literally went “down wid dem” as he sang the song. He attempted to leave the stage without singing Breathe. But the crowd would not have it.
Marzville was next on stage and he too sang a verse of one of his 2020 tunes which carried the refrain: “Leave home yuh man”. He then went into a fully loaded set which included the hits: Roughness, Gas it Up, Bam Bim, Oh my Gosh, Sweetness, Midsection and Give it To Yuh.
Closing the show was KFC ambassador Hypasounds. By this time, the ladies had made their way closer to the stage. He started with Fair Sa, and it was while singing Sugar Rush that the electricity went out briefly. The huge sighs were enough to register patrons’ disappointment. But that did not faze him, nor the audience. He continued to entertain with Get Up and Move and How She Like It. It was when he sang Dip that he made his way into the crowd, causing the party mood to go up a few notches. During his time on stage, a lucky few were recipients of KFC vouchers. (IMC)