Kaiso finds a new home with The Soca Parliament
A new entity is seeking to fill the void recently created with the destruction of D Nu Pub, formerly The Mas Camp Pub.
The Soca Parliament, a new weekly event, seeks to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago's culture is showcased all year.
The event kicks off on Wednesday, April 19 at Q Place, Port-of-Spain.
The event, “Kaiso and Comedy Wednesdays” is, according to Calypsonian Blackie, aimed at maintaining and building the audience of Kaiso music lovers who’ve loyally supported the art form throughout the years.
Under the Soca Parliament banner - a coordinated effort of like-minded people who are all a part of Blackman’s social circle, the weekly staging of the comedy and Kaiso showcase will kick off at 8:30 pm and end at 12 midnight each Wednesday.
“Security is something we are aware, people are most concerned about, so those coming out can rest assured that there is adequate parking on the compound of the club and we’re maintaining a time that’s considered safe, for most,” he explained.
Blackie said he’s had the idea for quite a while, having approached the club’s owner, Anthony John, since last August with a request for use of the facility. He says he understands the need for this entertainment outlet, especially for the mature Kaiso music lovers.
“There really isn’t much available for people who enjoy Kaiso music- and there definitely is a market. Mas Camp was that home for Kaiso, in the minds of many, so while I am personally saddened by the tragic situation that took place last month, this effort to bring ‘Kaiso and Comedy Wednesdays’ to life is likely to encourage people to come out and enjoy the local music and entertainment again,” he said.
The entertainers will all be backed by Vincent Rivers and the Soca Unit and patrons will be treated to a slate of comical local Calypsonians, who Blackie feels have been denied a space to show off their talent, for a very long time.
“There are some really good humorous Calypsonians out there. Fellas like Alpha and Kid Kalaloo and so many others- they will be showcased at Q Place every Wednesday starting on April 19.”
This isn’t Blackie’s first promotional effort. He’s been a part of event promotions in the past, key among them, the staging of an event called, “Caribbean Soca Fest,” which was held at the National Stadium in 2007. He understands the needs of the people and said he will work hard to ensure that patrons get exactly what they want when they come out to a show such as this one.
“When I did Caribbean Soca Fest, I went through every artiste’s repertoire and I told them exactly what I wanted them to perform. I’ll be doing the same thing this time around so that the people get the hits they love- the hit songs they want to hear,” he explained.
Excited about the prospects that lie ahead for an event of this calibre, Blackman and his team anticipate the inclusion of acts from across the Caribbean, in the lineup, as time progresses. Q Place, which is located just above the Seamen and Waterfront Workers Union along Wrightson Road, in the downtown Port–of- Spain area, is an ideal spot for the weekly event.
“It’s a central location for people from any direction,” said Blackman, reiterating that all systems are in place to ensure that patrons are safe throughout the night.
Blackie says each show will see well-known entertainers such a Baron, Explainer and Scrunter, closing off performances before the real partying begins.
On April 19, the cast includes, Johnny King, Myron B, Sexy Suzie, Kid Kalaloo, D’ Saint, Dr. Rhythm and Knots Landing, with MC duties being done by Tommy Joseph.