Saturday 28th July, 2007

 

Iwer's The Boss

 
 
 
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The Boss (IWER) performs Water. Photos: Zen Dionne Jarrette

By Zen Dionne Jarrette

Iwer is The Boss!

And his new name is no misnomer, as he proved by having some of the best names in the business help celebrate 20 years of the Big Man In The Business.

The musical maelstrom began on Friday night when Kaiso For Summer took off. With the likes of Black Stalin, Chalkdust, Baron, Cro Cro, Johnny King, Denyse Plummer, SuperBlue, Duane O’Connor and others with a side of Tommy Joseph, Sprangalang and Eddie Yearwood, patrons got their money’s worth.

Keep an eye on Pink Panther’s son, referred to by Sprangalang as “the Panther Cub,” who performed his father’s song Misprint excellently. The audience was wowed and he got an encore.

On Saturday night, the show—Soca for Summer—started well after 11 pm and was packed with fans and flags galore.

KMC was the opening act. When a man of his musical chops is the first act, that tells you what the rest of the show will be like.

He spent half an hour onstage and when he was finished, it was a wonder the crowd had any energy left for the rest.

Shurwayne Winchester was a tour de force. With his high energy he was everywhere at once, and made sure both sections—VIP and General Admission—were properly entertained. He went down in the audience, did his signature dance moves and when he left the stage, the floodgates were certainly open.

There was no identity crisis when the man of the moment took the stage. Whether you call him Iwer, or The Boss, the one thing that did not change was the effect his hits have over crowds. On both nights, he treated everyone to a string of memorable melodies—such as Bottom In The Road, Ah Reading, Bum Bum Time, Think It Over, Ride Up On It and the winning tune Fete After Fete.

He did the Iwer, and one has to wonder if that dance will now be called The Boss.

On both nights, George performed with his idol, Austin Lyons, Superblue, and the combination was magical. On the first night, women wept and clutched at Blue as he sang (one male patron caught the power during Soca Baptist); on the second night, the Point Fortin men did a duet for Culture Minister Joan Yuille-Williams.

Special mention must be made for the excellent VIP hospitality and backstage facilities co-ordinated by Yorke Inc, led by affable promoter Gerard Yorke.

Friday’s show ended on Saturday, Saturday’s show ended almost at church time on Sunday, and Iwer’s, I mean The Boss’, music seemingly has no end.

 

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