St. Thomas, V.I.: Highlights of the celebration? The props given to our local calypsonians, from the SRO Bwoy ah Bwoy, Big Man ah Big Man and Imagi Soca Brigade calypso tents, to naming the 2005 Carnival Village Calypsonians’ Ville, the keepers of the art form had the support of the community as well as the Carnival Committee. And, it’s high time!
2005 V.I. Calypso Monarch (with nuf St. Croix belts on his wall) King Spade, Crucian Kaisonian extraordinaire kicked it up with the very best of them, including fellow St. Croix artistes Mighty Pat and King Generic, the returning King Mose-I, King Kang F’Plen-Tae, and the delightful Super T from St. John. This dog hunted, bagged and dressed it for supper, y’all… the crowd went mad for his I Too Old for Dat, a sardonic whoops upside the head for all who would take the low road in the quest for the crown.
All Hail Queen K’misha the First!
Never one for pageants, I must also give daps to Queen K’misha Counts I on capturing the Carnival Queen title. The young lady aptly demonstrated all of the poise, talent and pulchritude that have gained her numerous distinctions. She handily nipped the local title of Hal Jackson’s Talented Teen, parlaying her experience into a fourth placing in the international outing. Ms. Counts has proven to be a gracious, purposeful representative of the best of the Virgin Islands’ future.
Radio was hot with local tunes, thanks to the many bands, individuals and producers who gave us their best creative. Tops in this writer’s book: perennial (and 2005!) V.I. Road March champs, Jam Band, 5-Time local monarch Whadabli, One Blood International, Imagi, the Starlites’ Malvern Gumbs, St. John’s Cool Session Brass, and beat creator Daddy Jones’ island showcase And the Beat Goes On featuring local vocal stars and more, like Pat Ragguette, Xpress Band’s Mean Dean, and Figgy. Another empresario, Country, produced the bountiful V.I. Soca/Carnival 2K5, featuring 2004 V.I. Calypso King Brother Mudada, the newly-trim WVJZ personality D.J. Pops, and former Imagi frontman General Val, among others. The superproducers should continue this trend, giving light to artistes and joy to their fans. Crucian groups Xpress, Digital and Xtaushun also showed well on bands of all frequencies. There are actually too many great offerings to mention here, so hie yourself to your favorite Caribbean music emporium!
A Fun Time at deh Fete
The airwaves were crackling with everything from conscious Kaiso to frenetic Danse-lypso from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands’ Lashing Dogs hugged the curves with Supposin’… 105 Jamz, Kiss FM, Lucky 13… they all had to slide down the bench a bit for K-Zee… ’cause if you were lucky, you were able to sneak in a taste of Supreme Radio, a freestyle source of mas. The hot spot was with us until it was time to move on to the ABC islands and the universe with its creator.
A new Calypsonian broke onto the field, one Coach, whose surprise hit, Alma had audiences screaming with delight. He did not record this year; perhaps someone will pluck him up on the next go ’round.
The parades had fewer entries and not quite as many spectators as in years past, and the schedule went on a low-carb diet… but we found ourselves drowning in the sweetness of mas. Because like the Jam Band sings, “Carnival Can’t Done” in the hearts of the residents and anyone who has ever been touched by its tempting finger. Be there, next year!