KENSINGTON OVAL was the venue for one of the newer events on the Crop Over calendar when popular Trinidad Carnival band Tribe hosted the Tribe ICE cooler fete last Friday night.
From 9 p.m., “party animals” filed into the venue with drinks and coolers in tow. Vibe Nation DJs Andwele and Reko Chase heated up the turntables with a mixture of local and regional soca hits.
Brief technical issues caused the sound system to go down around midnight but this did not dampen the mood of patrons.
Red Bull freestyle champ DJ Puffy took over when the system was back up and showcased his mixing skills with a serious back-in-time session of hits that kept the crowd pumping.
The other downside of the night was the long wait for the live performances to start.
When Sweet Soca finalist Shaquille got the ball rolling just before 3 a.m., with Collateral, quite a few people had already exited.
King Bubba FM followed with a ten-minute set which included Calling In Sick, Whole Night and his hot new release, Bubbaling.
Bashment Soca king Stiffy was his dynamic self, working the crowd with a set that included Ride It, Squat and Mavis.
Scrilla ended the live segment with a good account of himself.
Trinidadian DJ Mr Panks with Assassin Singh continued to entertain the remaining few patrons seemingly set on feting until morning. (COM)
Partying for regional unity.