The Soca – Lypso Revue tent is steadily defining itself as a ‘season-less’ tent which is obviously armed with the tenacity, energy and creativity it takes to go with the flow of the island’s national calendar of events.
This year the tent will stand tall on the island’s National Independence Programme of Activities as they hosts the calypso extravaganza dubbed ‘Independence Bliss – The Journey’ carded for the National Cultural Centre (NCC) on the night of February 23rd from 8:00 pm.
Tent Leader and Musical Director Gordon ‘Gene’ Leon says the tent is gearing to bring the public a memorable and competitive show befitting of the grandeur of an Independence occasion. Mr. Leon acknowledged the Standing National Independence Committee for endorsing and including the initiative on the official programme of activities.
“ I must say right off the bat from our very first meeting with Mr. Montrope that the support was overwhelming. It far exceeded my expectations, although I know this Office usually supports things of a national nature. But in all honesty it was all embracing.”
He says the show will feature an entertaining mix of soca and calypso headliners drawn from local calypso’s best including the likes of Menel, Ashanti, Blaize, and Educator among other popular stage personalities. Moreover he disclosed that the event could be billed historic as it will feature an innovative format for judging performances on the night.
“ We really want to make the show about Independence. I think we have heard it for a while now and I also heard it from Mr. Daryl Montrope, Chair of the Standing Independence Committee that Saint Lucians and the general public are not necessarily embracing Independence as they should, so we really want to make this about Independence. The 34th celebration of our nation. And we want to encourage people to bring a national colour, whether it’s their flag, their shirt, their pants but bring a colour. Come to the event, come to support the event, make it national.”
This is not the first time that the Soca – Lypso Revue tent has partnered with the organizers of national events. In October last year the tent hosted an all kweyol calypso concert which carried the theme “Mange, Dance, Chante” as part of events marking Kweyol Heritage month.
Gordon ‘Gene’ Leon says members of the tent’s executive are forging ahead along with their general membership despite the challenges of landing sponsorship and generating ticket sales.