Wild meat, barbeque pork, barbeque chicken, gyros, paratha, doubles, wantons, punch, corn soup, ice cream cake and an endless supply of premium drinks all wrapped in the cool Arima breeze. This isn’t a romantic buffet but the selection of food and drinks at “Soca on D Hill”, Holy Cross College’s all-inclusive fundraiser, which took place on February 10.
As patrons entered the venue they were greeted by life-size letters depicting the name of the event; for many, this is where photo ops began. The diverse menu allowed patrons ample choice in which they indulged before heading to the bar to arm themselves with drinks as they partied in anticipation of the artistes hitting the stage. Kees opened the show in his usual energetic style. He teased the audience with a selection of his most popular songs, but none elicited as many screams as “Workout” his collaboration with Nailah Blackman. As the pair worked their “gym bodies” the audience couldn’t get enough. MX Prime with the Ultimate Rejects started patrons on a high with his runaway hit for the season “Full Extreme”. MX then reached into his own repertoire singing songs like “Soca Train” and “Soca Warrior” before closing his set as he opened it. Roy Cape and the All Stars also brought season hits including, “Rankin Ting” from Blaxx and “ID” from Ricardo Drue. Other performers included Tizzy, Voice, Orlando Octave, Shal Marshall and Marvay.
“Soca on D Hill” wasn’t without it’s notable faces including MP for Arima and Minister of Education Anthony Garcia; Mayor of Arima, Lisa Morris-Julian and CEO of Ansa Coatings, Roger Roach. As the music wound down, the rhythm section struck up, taking patrons through the paces of “Full Extreme” one last time. This was followed by Machel Montano’s 2015 hit “Like a Boss” followed by several other soca staples. Patrons partied to the last beat as they jumped their way back to their cars to exit the venue.