‘Stage’ rules Savannah

Kees and Iw­er George’s “Stage Gone Bad” song seems to be the front run­ner for the 2020 Road March ti­tle.

The song was most played by mu­sic trucks and sang by thou­sands of mas­quer­aders dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Pa­rade of the Bands at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain.

The com­pelling and in­fec­tious cho­rus “we come to mash it up, shell it down and tun it over” sent rev­ellers in­to a fren­zy when they hit the big stage in the blis­ter­ing sun and rain.

From the word go, the pop­u­lar song was the top choice by tra­di­tion­al mas­quer­aders many of whom were jab jabs, moko jumbies, fan­cy sailors and In­di­an war­riors as they graced the stage be­fore noon.

At 12.30, Harts was the first large band to show­case their pre­sen­ta­tion ‘Metanoia’ to a vir­tu­al­ly emp­ty Grand Stand danc­ing and gy­rat­ing to ‘Stage Gone Bad’.

The band was how­ev­er de­layed for sev­er­al min­utes af­ter a male mas­quer­ad­er ac­ci­den­tal­ly fell off the stage and had to seek med­ical at­ten­tion.

The ex­tra time on stage gave the dozens of mas­quer­aders a burst of en­er­gy to frol­ic and get on bad to the pul­sat­ing song.

Fol­low­ing Harts were Bliss Car­ni­val, Pa­parazzi, K2K Al­liance and Part­ners, Ron­nie and Caro and The Lost Tribe who al­so got wrapped up in Iw­er and Kees’s pop­u­lar hit, re­fus­ing to leave the stage.

Band leader Ron­nie Mc In­tosh told Guardian Me­dia that Mon­day was the best day for his mas­quer­aders.

Mc In­tosh said the mas­quer­aders de­cid­ed which song they want­ed to hear.

“They in charge…. Iw­er and Kees all the way,” Mc In­tosh said who came out with the pre­sen­ta­tion ‘Serengeti’.

As for Mc In­tosh’s per­son­al choice, he said ‘Stage Gone Bad’ was his top pick, stat­ing it was “the big­ger song” this Car­ni­val.

Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Min­is­ter Robert Le Hunte who played with his daugh­ter in large band Bliss said: “Stage Gone Bad” was his 2020 Road March pick.

Le Hunte said from what he ob­served yes­ter­day it was a case of “stage gone clear” for Iw­er and Kees this Car­ni­val.

“It’s the best song so far,” Le Hunte said.

“It’s time Kees win the Road March ti­tle. He was robbed last year. You can’t keep a good man down. This year is his and Iw­er’s,” said rev­eller Kurt Agos­ti­ni.

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