Entertainer Lil Rick can now be called the biggest chef on Barbados’ calypso circuit, with a mouth-watering recipe to satisfy the taste buds of hungry soca fans.
The irresistible showman was the star act on Bacchanal Time’s 35th anniversary Homecoming Show at the Wildey Gymnasium on Wednesday night. Fresh from winning his maiden Sweet Soca title, Lil Rick captivated the near-capacity crowd as he climaxed the Emancipation Day show at 12:30 a.m. by serving up a delectable meal.
His delicious Breadfast In Bed was so tasty, patrons left their seats and consumed the sumptuous song by dancing at the front of the stage.
The consummate calypso cook also added some succulent side dishes with his other 2018 hits – Mother Sally, Ben It and True Story, even adding two new verses about the reaction to his latest victory on social media, replacing “I did want to wuk up on you ever since” with “I did want to win a sweet soca ever since.”
Party Monarch king Mikey had prepared the table for Lil Rick by getting the crowd into One Feting Family.
Another favourite, Stiffy, asked who told the most Lies (the men or the women) and the two-time Bashment Soca king was plugged in to all with snippets of No Boring Girls Allowed, Tip And Ben Ova and Tek Off Something.
King Bubba’s confession of being an alcoholic was manifested in Juice, Whole Night, Who Drinking Rum and Jiggle Jiggle as he allowed dancers Zhane and Simone to show off their moves.
The show started at 8:04 p.m. with the witty MC KB Kleen getting a Bacchanal wave from the patrons.
Adrian AC Clarke, who will open tonight’s Pic-O-De-Crop Final at Kensington Oval, did a tribute to the revered Romeo, singing his 1981 winning song, Brudda Fuzzy.
AC also sang his Sweet Soca song, Soca You, even twisting the chorus to get the ladies to tell their men, if they want and need it, they got to taste it.
He was followed by another Pic-O-De-Crop finalist Donella with her plea, Pray For The Children, and reigning calypso king iWeb gave a dramatic rendition of his political commentary M.I.A., highlighted by his comical imitation of former Minister of Agriculture David Estwick’s fiery platform speeches during the General Election. He returned in party mood with Best In Me.
Veteran ten-time calypso king and Cultural Ambassador Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire picked up the pace with Spontaneous, this year’s spiritual offering, I Am Alive, and last year’s Sweet Soca winning number, Boat Ride, which saw patrons getting up from their seats and dancing.
He was followed by Party Monarch finalist Mac Fingall, who shared Blows in song and comedy.
The hilarious Madd Entertainment trio of KB Kleen, PC Broomes and the transcendent Rudefus/Queen then took over the stage. They went down memory lane and provided “quality ignorance” with their comical hits such as Days Of Our Lives, Bend Down and De Maddy School Patrol, featuring Glamour Girl Sue, and Last Saturday Night.
The Queen, in a red dress, took a walk through the crowd to find the ladies with “donkey hair” before singing this year’s Talk Is Cheap.
After starting the second half and rolling back the years with Wait For Me Grynner, Mr T and Leggo I Hand, double hat-trick road march king Mighty Grynner was presented with a plaque by Madd for 50 years of excellent entertainment.
Also performing were Raheem, Kinskee, Jus D, Holla Bak, Sanctuary, Joaquin and Peter Ram. (ES)