>> Sunday, August 1, 2010
De News: Afropan, Carnival Nationz, Claude tte Peters, Louis Saldenah, Ricardo Drue, Salah's, Tian Winter
Good Evening Soca Lovers, I’m Nurse Karen and these are your Caribana 2010 Rounds!
Can you believe it? Caribana 2010 is upon us...and the parade of the bands went down yesterday on lakeshore boulevard. I hit the road early Saturday morning with Dr. Jay’s Portrait of Innocence section in Saldenah Mas K Club’s 2010 presentation “ Portraits”. Hundreds of revellers took to the streets in a display of vibrance, colour and energy, jumping, waving, palancing and wining all the way to victory. Thats right soca massive. With 446 points from the judges, Saldenah is your 2010 Band of the year! In second with 426 points was mega band Carnival Nationz, and for a very close third, we have Toronto Revellers, this year featuring live performances from Machel Montano HD on the road.
It’s been a great year for Louis Saldenah. At Thursday night’s King and Queen show, his loyal revellers shook their mas into first position for Queen of the Bands, as well as male and female individual. Another special honour was being conferred the Ontario Science centre Innovation Costume Award for “Queen” Pat Horsham’s portrayal of D’Chandelier – A Portrait in Chrystal. This stunning representation of an elegant light fixture was constructed mainly from Recycled materials.
Seven points shy of clean sweep, Dexter Seusahai of Tribal Knights shook up the competition winning 2010 King of the Bands for his portrayal of “Predator Returns” Congratulations to all the mas makers, and players keeping the culture healthy and strong.
Now on Friday, Pan Alive was a veritable Battle Zone, with 12 bands trying their darnedest to dethrone Montreal’s Salah’s Steelband Academy from their 3 year domination of the pan arena. As it turns out, much like the winners ... the two bands who tied for 3rd place, namely Afropan and Panatics also chose to compete with their own arrangements of Anslem Douglas’ pan tune “Battle Zone”. In second place, we have Golden Harps international with “Surrender”...and in first... hard luck Toronto. Salah’s reigns supreme again.
Before I go, gotta update you on the results out of Antigua. Tian Winter is now a 2-time King. He took the party monarch title last night in his home Island of Wadadli. In the groovy category, local soca queen Claudette Peters took snatched the crown back from last year’s winner Tian. Ricardo Drue also competed in Antigua last night, celebrating his birthday in heavy competition.
I’m nurse Karen and those were Dr. Jay's Caribana 2010 Rounds. For more information on all you heard today, visit me online at www.nurse-karen.com or follow me "nursekaren" on twitter...