Boss (IWER) performs Water. Photos: Zen Dionne Jarrette
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 OConnor and others with a side of Tommy Joseph,
Sprangalang and Eddie Yearwood, patrons got their moneys
Keep an eye on Pink Panthers son, referred to by Sprangalang
as the Panther Cub, who performed his fathers
song Misprint excellently. The audience was wowed and he
got an encore.
On Saturday night, the showSoca for Summerstarted
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 sectionsVIP
and General Admissionwere properly entertained. He
went down in the audience, did his signature dance moves
and when he left the stage, the floodgates were certainly
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 melodiessuch 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
Special mention must be made for the excellent VIP hospitality
and backstage facilities co-ordinated by Yorke Inc, led
by affable promoter Gerard Yorke.
Fridays show ended on Saturday, Saturdays show
ended almost at church time on Sunday, and Iwers,
I mean The Boss, music seemingly has no end.