Burrokeets Presents: Golden Portrait
Golden Portrait highlights the history of Trinidad & Tobago as it celebrates 50 years of independence. This night was also about saying thank you to all Burrokeets members new and old. This mas band has been around for some 20+ years of carnival at Notting Hill (pretty awesome ‘staying power’). Martin Jay also took time to make a special dedication to his wife Pauline Birbal who celebrated her birthday recently.
Venue: Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London. With reasonable amounts of parking on side roads etc and the underground 2 mins away, this venue is perfectly located. The hotel also provided the caribbean influenced buffet and I must say it was very impressive.
Costume Parade: Shortly after dinner, the presentation began. The models in their stunning costumes entered through two doors at the side of the room and made their way around the room between the tables, instead of restricting their performance to the stage.
Crowd: Farmer Nappy took to the stage to perform some tracks from his vast catalogue of songs. He had the crowd in a frenzy and they were highly appreciative of his performance. As Farmer Nappy left the stage, the Soca Prince Dr Jay from Toronto took over on the decks and maintained the vibe. Nadia Batson was also in the crowd showing her support for her fellow Trinidadian artiste.
Vibe: After Farmer got the vibes going, they maintained for the remainder of the night.
All-In-All: Unity is the word. Even though tonight was all about Burrokeets, it was heavily supported by people from other bands. This is what will bring the UK to the forefront of Soca around the world. This night was a success from the dinner right through. Thank you Burrokeets