Cruise Ship Terminal
07th June 2014
Last Saturday everyone on the dock celebrated with Luta, marking this year as his 20th anniversary in the Soca business, and I tell you man, it was just pure vibes. This show is turning out to be one of the better shows for the Carnival. Last year was really good and this year was even better.
Kenetics were the backing band and they gave a satisfactory account for themselves. Fugitive was the MC. He wasn’t too bad this time round and by no accident either. We were informed that the band Signal and Uncle Scotty were to blame for the phenomenon known as Fugitive (shout out to Uncle Scotty) . I’m gonna cross my fingers and hope he keeps this up though, because it doesn’t look like he will be retiring from being an MC anytime soon.
Bomani opened the show and gave a much better performance than he did the weekend before at Soca Swing. White on the Dock was in fact THE authentic big people party and grown folk sure love them some Bomani. The crowd showed a lotta love for Skarypon too, who touched the stage in style.
Poosah was also there to celebrate with Luta. This fellow has the best onstage dance, honestly. He attempted to buss a new track; something about riding on an elephant, but it appeared that the band had a bit of trouble performing the song. We just have to wait for it to hit the radio now. Shaunelle of course was there to congratulate Luta on his milestone as well. She was the excuse reason for White on the Dock last year and I honestly hope they find something to celebrate next year. Her performance was powerful as usual and seemed too short; we wanted more.
Even the folks trying to get drinks at the bar were having a good time. You couldn’t blame them really; the ‘one hard liquor bar thing’ wasn’t working out. This wasn’t a beer crowd, and the bartenders weren’t the most efficient ones either. It was either ‘whine up while you wait’ or get vex, and most people choose the latter.
Things got real when Luta and Signal took over. The Crowd Motivator gave his usual live performance, rolled up pant leg and all. He dropped his biggest tunes in recent years, as expected. The party turned all the way up though, when he and the still sexy Pat Raggege, preformed those old Signal tunes. They gave me a serious case of nostalgia.
Luta gave me my ‘Bam Bam Rollers’ fix, that being my favorite Signal tune, I was really worried that I wasn’t going to hear it seeing that Papa Das was on the righteous path. Regardless, everybody was anxious to see him perform. Although he didn’t do Bam Bam Rollers he did most definitely deliver a reggae performance for the books, I was totally pleased with it. He held his own on a Soca stage singing conscious music.
Hance (my favorite Soca Dan) and Fireman Hooper also delivered an enjoyable set. It seemed though, that they were running short on time because Jamesy P’s performance was a bit rushed, albeit fun. Skinny Fabulous was also present. He pushed the Red Button for most of his set and the people responded. This track seems to be shaping up to be the Soca Monarch and Road March of the year. This man gets love everywhere he goes. He was however the only artiste on the show not wearing white. In fact he was decked out in grey (a compromise?). Am I to assume that the General does not own white clothes? I hope none of the cast for Black Rave turns up in white next weekend.
The highlight of the night for me was the veterans. Nobody can make me party like Becket can, he is a legend and he was looking extra sharp in his white suit; best dressed performer for the night. The Black Stalin, decked in white with his Southey Sagaboy swag, put it down good and proper, rag swinging from his back pocket and all. He even brought a band director and the difference could be heard; best accessory for the night
White on the Dock was a hit. The vibes was just amazing, everybody partying and having a ball. If you want to see old folks behave the worst come to this fete, I promise. The venue wasn’t packed and that wasn’t a bad thing, it left enough room for everybody to fete like a king. I truly look forward to next years’ White on the Dock perhaps we will be celebrating with Fireman Hooper or with Hance, in any case It should only get better.