The St. Kitts Music Festival 10th Anniversary kicked off with a bang. The explosive concert was held at the newly renovated Warner Park Complex, which hosted the festival for the first time. Thursday June 29, was dubbed the “Soca night” and featured the very best artists in the Calypso and Soca arena. A wide variety of fireworks lighting up the skies and was loud enough for every to hear from all over opened the night.
The evening lineup included some present and past calypso kings of St. Kitts and Nevis including King Dis N Dat and Meeko of Nevis. King Socrates and King Konris Maynard of St. Kitts who were all backed by the Legends Band. The Calypsonians all gave stellar performances and were well received by the crowd.
The Mighty Arrow of the volcano ravaged island of Montserrat was next on stage. He opened his performance with what he called the National Anthem of Soca – “Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot.” This song has been done in twelve different languages across all continents of the world. He also sang the very first song he recorded in which he admonishes parents not to sell their land but instead to leave it for their children.
The Red Hot Burning Flames with their lead singer Clarence “King Onyan” Edwards was nothing short of burning hot. They had the large appreciative audience dancing and singing to songs that made the Burning Flames a household name within the Caribbean a few years ago. It was the first time in many years the band had performed in St. Kitts with King Onyan.
Following Burning Flames performance was St. Kitts very own the Nu Vybes Band who showcased their new video to their hit song “Tempo” last night before the massive crowd. The reigning road march champs gave a splendid performance and showed everyone why they are called The sugar Band.
Ending the night was the talented and beautiful Destra Garcia of Trinidad with her band Atlantik. Before her amazing whinning and tantalizing performance came to an end Dancehall King Beenie Man joined her onstage with his version of “Fly”.