Thursday 19th October, 2006


Rootsman’s 30th anniversary concert celebration

Appreciating the power of calypso

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Former Road March champion SuperBlue, right, joins Rootsman as the latter hosts his Rootsman 25th Anniversary Concert in the Croisee, San Juan, last Sunday.

Brown Boy renders his humorous No Sex Before Marriage.

Soca debutante Baby Pink puts her all into her coming out performance at last Sunday’s Rootsman 25th Anniversary Concert in the Croisee, San Juan.

The Original De Fosto Himself unleashes his potential Christmas ‘06 hit single for the people of San Juan.

Photos: Andre Alexander

By Nicole St John

Expressing his utmost respect for calypsonians and their artform, Minister in the Ministry of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds on Sunday called on citizens of T&T to appreciate the power of calypso which he admitted he himself was only just beginning to realise.

Hinds was addressing a large group of calypso enthusiasts who gathered on the Croisee, San Juan, for the launch of Rootsman’s 30th anniversary concert celebration.

The open-air concert provided a musical treat to those who came out in support of the prolific composer known for classics such as ’Fraid to Cross de Road, Save We Culture and Parkway Jam.

The event got under way at just after 5 pm with a performance from Car Wash who did three selections and received a lukewarm response from the audience.

Rootsman then graced the stage to offer Live Nice, a song he described as one of healing in light of the present crime situation in the country.

Rootsman was later to make several appearances onstage, moving his audience to sing along in enjoyment of his sweet, groovy melodies.

His renditions of Rack Mih and Soca in D Palace, among others, also saw patrons leaving their seats to better enjoy the vibes.

Always a dynamic performer, Austin “SuperBlue” Lyons almost stole the show with a performance that shook the entire audience.

Despite his recent absence from the spotlight, Super showed that he still has the ability to move a crowd and delivered classics such as Rebecca, Signal to Lara, Hello, Get Something and Wave and J’Ouvert.

Blue’s rendition of Bacchanal Time saw a number of children leaving their seats to join him onstage where they jumped and waved, singing along with one youngster even finding his way into Super’s arms. At one point the eager children formed a conga line and followed Super through the audience before returning to stage for a last jump up.

Super was given an encore and following his return to the stage, Rootsman promised the audience they would hear more of Super come 2007.

Problems with the sound system, however, saw SuperBlue falling behind his music on several occasions and at times opting not to sing and allowing the recorded version to play.

The night’s first encore, however, went to Brown Boy for his humorous rendition of No Sex Before Marriage.

Also receiving an encore was King Austin whose calypsoes, Destruction, Who Going to Guard The Guards and Progress, were very well received.

Baby Pink out of Laventille made her debut performance and promised the audience that her soca offering Sweet Trini Carnival will be a big hit next Carnival. She also did a reggae entitled Sun Come Up which called on people to give thanks to Jah for his mercies and blessings.

D’Diamond and De Fosto were among those to bring the spirit of Christmas to the Croisee and several up and coming artistes were also given the opportunity to be heard.

The show was opened before a small crowd that quickly grew in numbers. It lasted for well over four hours and there were over 20 performers gracing the stage.

On account of the tremendous response as well as problems with the sound system patrons were promised a repeat show on a date to be announced.





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