Road March champion SuperBlue, right, joins Rootsman
as the latter hosts his Rootsman 25th Anniversary
Concert in the Croisee, San Juan, last Sunday.
Boy renders his humorous No Sex Before Marriage.
debutante Baby Pink puts her all into her coming out
performance at last Sundays Rootsman 25th Anniversary
Concert in the Croisee, San Juan.
Original De Fosto Himself unleashes his potential
Christmas 06 hit single for the people of San
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 Rootsmans
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
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
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
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 JOuvert.
Blues 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 Supers 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 nights 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.
DDiamond 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.