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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

They Call me Mrs Fete :Rama - The Review

Fete : Rama, Hasley Crawford Stadium

Date: February, 11 2012

Rama, the new spin on what once was Brass-o-Rama, also known as Brass Festival. Formerly held @ PSA grounds, Long Circular Rd.

Hasley Crawford Stadium.
Easily accessible. A number of options for parking. Venue large enough to easily hold the 7-8,000 people that ended up at the event.

Ambiance / Decor:
Midway to the back of the venue, there were 2 large screens on either side which allowed for great viewing if you didn't want to be in the melee.

Crowd Vibe
People came ready to fete!
Flag crews: Luncheon Forres Park, Stag, White Oak, NLCB, Carib.

Food: Tao Sushi. Jerk Pot Restaurant: jerk, BBQ meats and assorted sides

Bar: Drinks were on sale, including Premium liquor, beers and non-alcoholic options.

Machel Montano Zone powered by 3 Zero Platinum Rum complete with sexy, black-clad 3 Zero brand ambassadors. The 3 Zero bar with cocktails, one of which was specially formulated by Danielle Jones.

Food: Patraj Roti, Mr.Chow's, KFC, Garden Kitchen: bake n shark, BBQ chicken and fries

Drinks on sale

Took in Karma and Image & Co. at home thanks to CCN TV6. Both acts opened the show and managed to pull off decent performances even though the stadium wasn't full at the time.

NADIA BATSON and the ladies of SASS easily held their own with a solid performance. Sass saw a guest performance by MX Prime, whose presence has been missed on the Carnival stage.

KES THE BAND did not disappoint. Fresh off his coup with the remix with Snoop Dog, Kees had the crowd jumping. From the opening sequence with his 2 male dancers, it was non stop energy.

Showcasing his impressive vocal range in a well thought out and arranged set. The response for Wotless still phenomenal, as if it were released this year.

Upon announcement of Bunji, Fay Ann and Asylum. The crowd started chanting and jumping even before one chord was struck or note sung. "Bunji! Bunji!"

Fay Ann- Interesting outfit, didn't matter though as she demolished the stadium. Nothing could detract from either that powerful voice or the crowd's reception. Drop on the ground and roll!'

Swag is irregular! When the Garlin steps through..."I madderific!". Flags and crowd in a frenzy! The introduction of male dancers, Eklectik, is a first for Bunji, but it was well timed and executed. Eklectik kilt it! The Spaniard delivered!

Saving the review for Machel Monday, when MM will reveal the next stage of his evolution!

Lead vocalist, Blaxx, and Ricardo Drue, were joined by Benjai who Asked the crowd to tell him which song to sing for Groovy Soca Monarch. Looks like he'll be performing 'People's Champion'.

DESTRA and her band
Depsite being last on the cast and pouring rain, Destra managed to hold the crowd. As we say, rain does only stop cricket.

First time event - the show ran smoothly. Kudos for the stage management team who managed to switch bands in record time. Well planned and executed.

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