2017 Soca in Bsquare closes with powerful performances
Port of Spain, Trinidad, February 18, 2017
“Cause de ting so sweet, yeah, sometimes I feel like I don’t want to leave, oh no”, sang Voice (Aaron St Louis), one of the performers on the last day of the 2017 edition of bmobile’s Soca in Bsquare Concert Series on Friday February 17th. The 2016 International Soca Monarch title holder opened with ‘Cheers To Life’ and kept the crowd moving with other hits songs including ‘Far From Finished’. MX Prime (Edghill Thomas) closed the concert with the mega hit ‘Full Extreme’ and the large crowd at Woodford Square seemed to agree that things were sweet, they were far from finished and that they didn’t want to leave, as they jumped, waved and sang along to all the artistes, from the opening act at 12 noon by the A Team band led by soca veteran Eddie Charles, straight to the end of the free annual concert hosted for the public by bmobile. The other Soca in Bsquare artistes who delivered powerful performances were Patrice Roberts, Shal Marshall, GBM Nutron, MILKO, Lyrikal and Sekon Sta.
Speaking after his performance, St Louis (Voice) indicated he enjoyed the good ‘vibes’ from the crowd and said, “Soca in Bsquare is an excellent initiative by bmobile and the people obviously enjoyed it. Many thanks to bmobile for inviting me to perform. I also want to thank the public for their love and support for this season, last year and beyond.” Thomas (MX Prime) added, “bmobile has been doing Soca in Bsquare for quite some time and it’s a privilege to be here where we give back to the public by being a part of this free concert. It’s also a privilege to be sponsored by bmobile for this carnival season because this carnival is indeed special based on the tremendous support we have been receiving for the song ‘Full Extreme’.” Both artistes had advice for the public for carnival with Thomas (MX Prime) stating, “When we say take it to the full extreme we don’t mean excessive drinking and driving, we mean to party, have a good time and be at peace with yourself so you can be at peace with your brothers and sisters. Be safe and enjoy your carnival.” St Louis (Voice) agreed and added, “Please be safe on the roads, do not drink and drive, have a designated driver and let’s have a crime free carnival.”
Camille Campbell, TSTT’s Vice President of Marketing, was pleased at the successful hosting of yet another Soca in Bsquare Concert Series, as well as the large turnout over the three days of the concert which began on Wednesday February 15th. “Carnival and culture is an integral part of our society and bmobile will continue to demonstrate our support at the various events that we will be supporting during this carnival season. On behalf of bmobile I wish our citizens a safe and enjoyable carnival.”, she said. bmobile is providing over 6,000 Children’s safety identification (ID) wristbands to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) which will assist parents in the event their child gets separated by providing a means to record a contact name and number on the wristband. John Richardson, Assistant Commissioner of Police, North West, indicated that the ID wristbands will be distributed by the nine Police Divisional Commanders at children’s carnival events held in their regions. “The wristbands provide information that we can use to quickly make contact with a parent or guardian and thus reduce the amount of time and anxiety a child may experience until he or she is reunited with the parent or guardian.”
Ellen Lewis, TTPS’s Head of Communications thanked bmobile for the donation for yet another year and advised that as a general rule parents should keep their children within their range of vision at all times. She stated, “We appreciate that it has become a tradition and practice for bmobile to make the safety ID wristbands available to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service for distribution to young persons at carnival time. This is a laudable initiative by bmobile and we wish other companies will also collaborate with the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to make Trinidad and Tobago a safer country.”