The soca-starved faithful who turned out in their numbers for I Love Soca: Cooler Festival at Sabina Park recently were rewarded with an extra treat, when, after headliner Kerwin Du Bois’s performance, multi-Olympic record holder Usain Bolt took to the stage for a musical set of his own.
The end of summer calendar event for carnival lovers was jam-packed. Leading up to Du Bois, the massive crowd had plenty to do. With the theme for the night being neon, pastel glowing colours dominated the entrance, from black lights leading the way into a signature board to several photo ops spots including a massive pink ‘I LOVE SOCA’ sign.
Those who weren’t preoccupied with their cell phone cameras drank from stocked coolers while dancing up a storm to music being played Jamaican DJs Richie Ras, ZJ Sparks, DJ Sanjay and DJ Mindless, as well as overseas talent like Aaron Fingal, Lord Hype and Tony X.
They kept the music and energy flowing until Kerwin Du Bios joined in just after 1:30 a.m. The Trinidadian soca star took the microphone and never looked back, raising the energy levels even higher. Fans sang along as he worked his way through his extensive catalogue. From his 2012 hit Bacchanalist to No Apology to his current Right for Somebody, he brought the show to a high.
Or so everyone thought.
After a longer than expected pause to confirm the event’s hours with law enforcement officers, the mass of patient soca lovers cheered as Bolt’s voice erupted over the audio system signalling his arrival. Paired with DJ Mindless, he rode the energy wave left by Du Bois into the event’s closing moments later that morning.
Soca fans will have to wait until December 26 for the next staging of I Love Soca in Jamaica.