Tuesday 23 April, 2019

Sekon Sta pays tribute to father and other greats in first concert

Sekon Sta delivering a tribute to his father, the late Merchant at Sekon Sunday. Photos by Jermaine Cruickshank

Sekon Sta delivering a tribute to his father, the late Merchant at Sekon Sunday. Photos by Jermaine Cruickshank

Sekon Sta paid tribute to his father, Dennis Franklyn aka Merchant, when he staged his first solo concert, Sekon Sunday on Sunday night.

After asking the crowd for moment of silence for the legends we lost in 2018, Sekon Sta, real name Nesta Boxill, said he grew up around the calypso legends because of his father.

Stating that he is a child of the culture and a child of vibes, Sekon Sta said his influence was his father who he heard singing songs.

He then launched into a rendition of his father’s song “Um Ba Yah Oh’ and then ‘Caribbean Connection’ before paying tribute to Black Stalin and Shadow in song. He capped off his tribute with a tribute to Super Blue who sent the crowd into a frenzy when he appeared to sing his 2019 release ‘Rag Storm’.

The lanky singer, dressed in a black and white Houndstooth suit, was visibly moved by the crowd’s response to his tribute segment and to the number of people who showed up for his event.

“I didn’t expect this,” he told the crowd.

Sekon Sta performed his hit songs over the past five years, among them, ‘Maximum’, ‘I Swear’, ‘The Best’ and ‘Aye Yo’.

Sekon Sta structured his portion of the show to educate his fans about his musical journey. Chapter one of his career featured Bajan artist King Bubba, who wrote the artist’s first big song. Bubba performed two of his songs, ‘Calling in Sick’ and ‘Drinking Rum’.

Chapter two featured Nadia Batson, who mentored Sekon Sta in his early days and wrote his song ‘Aye Yo’ on the Folklore Riddim. She also performed with the artist and, of course, much to the delight of the crowd, stayed on to sing her hit song ‘So Long’. Batson, who also wrote Farmer Nappy’s ‘Hookin Meh’ on the Purple Heart Riddim invited the veteran singer on stage much to the delight of the crowd who sang lustily to every word of both their songs.

The crowd also sang lustily to Teddyson John’s ‘Vent’, V’ghn’s ‘Trouble in the Morning’ and Voice’s ‘Alive and Well’.

Other guest performers were Nailah Blackman, Patrice Roberts, Blaxx, Ricardo Drue, Erphaan Alves and Vikings Ding Dong.  

Jamaican singer Sarani was a surprise guest. He and Sekon Sta are currently recording a song together.

Dubbed a ‘Fete-cert’, the show was held at Crew’s Inn, Chaguaramas, in a tight space that could not accommodate the throngs of people that a turned up for the show. Police eventually had to stop patrons from going in due to safety concerns.

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