Monday 14th August, 2006

 

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By Patricia James

The highly-anticipated The Prophet Cro Cro in Concert brought out a large crowd to the Jean Pierre Complex at Mucurapo, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday night.

A mini-play, featuring the notoriously controversial yet well-loved calypsonian Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins and a star-studded roster of his contemporaries, was at the core of the show.

The play was based on the ongoing legal wrangling surrounding Chief Justice Satnarine Sharma, and featured several popular calypsonians as the main characters in the real-life drama.

The mini-play, with a calypso soundtrack, starred Cro Cro as Chief Magistrate, Cardinal as Chief Justice, Pink Panther as the Attorney General, Sprangalang as the Prime Minister, and Super Blue as the Peacemaker.

The script tackled the dramatic events of the CJ’s legal troubles. As the singers delivered stinging commentaries, patrons listened attentively for the references to Sharma’s public trial.

M’ba, Johnny King and Protector provided additional musical entertainment, while Sprangalang pulled double duty as cast member and MC for the night.

The most anticipated part of the show, however, was the calypso skit performed by Cro Cro and a cast that was unknown prior to the show.

The audience was given a treat as Super Blue made a rare and memorable appearance. As the former Road March winner performed a few of his popular selections, he repeatedly got emotional on stage.

He thanked the cast and show’s organisers for his appearance. “Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, but tonight I’m here. Thank you,” said Super Blue while on stage.

He has been out of the limelight during recent times, but was well-received by Saturday’s audience who even called for an encore.

Saturday’s concert followed last October’s well-received, Cro Cro and Sugar Aloes in concert.

Sugar Aloes was not on the roster this time around, as he was in Antigua, recovering from surgery for an undisclosed illness.

The cast made repeated mention of the calypsonian, and expressed their wishes for his speedy recovery.

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