The 46th Annual Caribbean Carnival Festival 2013, known as New York’s “Greatest show on Earth,” had as its theme “Celebrate our Caribbean Pride and Culture.”
Performers from Trinidad and Tobago and from the other Caribbean islands brought the party to the Brooklyn Museum grounds (200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave.) at Brass Fest, Aug. 30 as part of the weekend-long festivities leading up to the West Indian parade on September 2nd.
As people waited for Montano HD along with other artists to perform, the rhythm section located right behind the barricades had the crowd gyrating and waving their flags to the upbeat tempo with the beating of the drums. Radio personality/performing artist Giselle “D” Wassi along with and MC Wassy known for his electrifying personality, this dynamic duo certainly kept the crowd entertained in between sets by purposely teasing the audience into frenzy.
Once Trinidadian soca sensation Machel Montano HD jumped on the stage, (known for his often unpredictable on-stage performances and his unique blend of soca and dancehall, sensual stage persona that charmed and enticed all in the same breath), and started to perform his hit song ”power” the entire audience erupted in a cheer, dancing, sweating and singing every last word with him. It was certainly quite an experience said Ruben Edgehill, a Grenadian native who lives in Brooklyn, “I’ve always been a huge fan of his, I never miss a show, it’s always a treat”.
Also performed with him were his band mates, Farmer Nappy (recognized as an instrumentalist and songwriter with the band Xtatic) and Patrice Roberts (second cousin of singer Bunji Garland) performed as expected, with high energy.
Lyrikal Brooklyn’s Willie Villegas Salsa Band, St. Lucia’s Teddyson John, & TJ Project, Pumpa, Boodoo Singh Tassa Drummers performed as well.
If you missed it shame on you.