BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AFTER a two-year hiatus, due to the Novel Coronavirus, the St. Kitts Music Festival returned with an action-pack ‘jump up’ Soca Night at the Kim Collins Athletics Stadium last evening (Jun. 23).
Soca power houses Destra Garcia, Nadia Batson, and Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons left everything on the stage and many in the near capacity crowd wanting more of their catchy lyrics and electrifying performances.
With many being skeptical of what the event would have been as it was the first since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, they all left with a different perception after the event finished near dawn.
Rucas H.E kicked off the event and warmed-up the crowd for what was to come, as he loosened the waists and stretched the muscles of all in the audience.
His performance was followed by two popular local bands - Grand Masters and Small Axe - which kept the crowd ‘going’ until Nadia Batson graced the stage and belted out her popular tunes.
Destra, the Queen of Bacchanal, utilised all of her 40 minutes and more, leaving the crowd wanting more from her. She was followed by the Soca Power couple, Buji and Fay-Ann, who both kept the crowd warm and energised as the party went beyond the 2:00 a.m. cutoff time.
Being no stranger to the Federation, Destra has found a love for St. Kitts and Nevis, telling SKNVibes News that she feels the love from the people who are attending her events.
She expressed that she was scared and concerned when taking the stage, noting that much of the immediate energy she felt from the crowd upon starting her performance gave her the motivation to continue.
Lyrikal, who also performed last evening, enjoyed the reception he received from the crowd and acknowledged that it was good to return to the stage and see people enjoying themselves after a long period of lockdown.
The old, the not so old and the young were part of a crowd of between 4,000-5,000 patrons who attended the event.
The event continues this evening with Ashanti and Sean Paul leading a group of dancehall artistes on night two.