>> Sunday, October 18, 2009
So, I dunno what it is about promoters in Miami, why they feel a fete is not a fete unless it's named after some major party in Trinidad. That's just my personal gripe, considering the fact that neither the all the artistes or the patrons are even from Trinidad in the first place. It seems a bit odd, but they've been doing it for soooo long, that I'm probably the only one who notices. Anyhoo..whatever works.
Girl Power has long been THE THURSDAY NIGHT fete of Miami Carnival. Behind it is IslandsUnited or something so. The Trini Carnival fete is put on by Island People Mas...so I take it there's a connection. Anyhoo, much like in Trinidad, it's kind where everybody is supposed to be the night it goes down. The only competition I had heard of this year was supposed to come in the form of a fete called Contagious aka Glow, that got shut down at the last minute. Want to hear bacchanal? The entire Krosfyah band, and Lil Rick were flown in just for that ONE night to perform at Contagious, only to discover that not enough tickets were sold to warrant opening the doors. My bajan boys left the city the next day. Luckily, deposits were paid up in advance..but it can't be cheap flying that many musicians in for NO REASON.
Well, my experience with Miami Girl Power 2009 was memorable to say the least, but probably not for the right reasons. The cast was great. I didn't get to see Tizzy and a few earlier acts, but I caught the tail end of Alison Hinds (no pun intended). Yet again, I allowed the "soca queen" to escape my grasp without taking a photo, but this time not for a lack of trying. Girl Power was hot. Dreadfully hot. Hot like no air conditioning-sticky-nasty-sweaty-locker-room-meets-sauna-inside-the-mouth-of-a-hairy-dog HOT. So when Ally came off stage, and I wanted pictures, Miss Lady wanted agua...and I don't really blame her.
During the inexplicable heatwave, I experience one of my highlights...Benjai took the stage and brought out Gailann, who we haven't seen on a major soca stage for a couple years. Girlfriend was cool and in control, looking well funky in her little square specs.
So highlight number two: Did anyone else see Machel fall when he was taking the stage? Lemme put out a disclaimer. I not badminding Boy Boy, but that ish was funny. Patrice introduced the man of the hour, to come and sing his song on the riddim. He runs out with a burst of energy and....kerrrrrrrrplop! Don't worry Machel fans, he didn't buss his @$$ or vocal chords or anything that matters...and I don't think it bruised his ego for more than 10 seconds. None the less, it made for a a hearty gaassssssssssssppp from all onlookers who were sober enough to notice. (Naturally, followed by some real ugly belly laughing...mostly from me..and a lil from the rest of the crew liming by the DJ booth...which I finally found in the middle of the room)
People had fun...and I learned a few very important lessons.
1. Fun is really what it's all about
2. My new flat iron really fried all the kink out of my hair...cuz that humidity didn't mash me up at all!
All in all, a very informative night!
Love and Soca,
P.S. Big up Richard and Shawn, I appreci-love the support.