BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Thousands of Barbadians and other Caribbean nationals turned out to the BTI car park in Bridgetown Sunday to witness Jamaica’s Beenie Man, as well as artistes from other islands, in action at Caribbean Wet Fete, which is dubbed one of the biggest shows for the Crop Over season.
There was plenty of water, foam, music and people and even when the sky opened up and the rain poured down, patrons were still enjoying themselves by dancing in the rain and living up to the theme of this year’s Wet Fete, which was ‘The Adventures of River Island Wet Sunday’.
The show featured artistes from Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica who had patrons moving from start to finish. The main acts were Bunji Garlin, Faye-Ann Lyons and Denise ‘Saucy Wow’ Belfon from Trinidad and Tobago; Beenie Man and Mad Dawg from Jamaica as well as Peter Ram, Hyper Dawg TC and many other Barbadian artistes.
Wet Fete started out slow, but picked up stride when Denise Belfon came out and showed the audience how to do the bicycle wine; she was joined onstage by Stabby the Guard, who demonstrated that he could keep up with her. The excitement level was turned up another notch when Bunji Garlin, Faye Ann Lyons and the Asylum band came onstage. They had the crowd waving and partying to some of the best soca music in the Caribbean. They reeled off songs like Famous, Mash Up, Help, Get On as well as many of their other hits.
However, it was not until Bunji Garlin introduced Beenie Man – decked in all-white – that the crowd got ecstatic. Many patrons had come to see Beenie Man and had been shouting his name for the entire night. The girls got wild as the ‘Doctor’ reached for songs from the early 90s to present.
Everyone drew close to the stage just to get a glimpse of the King of the Dancehall and he didn’t disappoint his fans. They kept on asking for more and he gave it to them and in the end people left the show feeling that their money had been well spent.
Mad Dawg also performed and demonstrated the ‘daggering’ technique on a fluffy Barbadian lady. His performance was well received by the Barbadian patrons as his song, Tek de floor, is on heavy rotation on the airwaves here. Jamaican dancers, as well as some from Barbados who were called on by Barbadian artiste Versawile grooved to Versawile’s song Push it back, which is on the same riddim as Tek de floor.