Faith has soca on lockdown - turning Ls into Ws
Faith's Soca Lockdown drew many
While 2020 has thrown many a curveball, one local artiste appears to be turning the challenges into successes.
This year has seen an evolution of Faith Callender and last Friday night the transformation continued.
As she spearheaded her first live show, bringing her online “Soca Lockdown” show to the stage at Mcbride’s. The throng of people that flocked to the south coast venue was testament to her growing popularity.
As its name suggests, Soca Lockdown had the place on lock as it boasted a roster of some of the hottest soca stars on the island. In addition to the more popular performers, it also featured some budding artistes like Chrissy D, who opened on the night, as well as the duo of Altek and Cherish.
Orange-haired Songbird Nikita was a sight to behold in her iridescent crop top and black shorts, showing off a figure that held no evidence of her being a new mom. She thrilled with her delivery of “Flight”, “Tequila” and “Same Way”.
During his set Peter Ram, all decked out in white, performed several hits. He kept the fete hyped and when he invited Mara Rose as well as Faith on stage to demonstrate the moves to his newest release “Elbows on Knees”, the crowd lapped it up.
Queen Alison Hinds was also among the star-studded cast and did not disappoint. In addition to her hits like “Iron Bazodee” and “Faluma” she performed her rallying release for 2020 “West Indian”. Lil Rick was all energy as he took patrons on a musical journey of his own hits, concluding with his 2020 tune “Get Low”.
Bashment soca was also well represented on the night. Scrilla, Walkes and the surprise performances of Jus D and Mole kept the energy high. Leadpipe and Shaquille were also superb in their deliveries.
When lady of the night, Faith Callender, hit the stage she held the attention of all. As her all black outfit hugged the curves of her body, the fluorescent green bag at her waist magnified the fluidity of her movements. The synchrony of her music and movements mesmerized.
From the opening lines of her highly popular 2020 release “Don’t Break Yet”, those in the packed venue showed their approval as waistlines started to move, cameras were whipped out and some sang aloud in unison. She performed her well known tunes like “ManGo”, “Refill” and her latest release on the Inside Out riddim “Werk”. She chanelled her inner dancehall queen and teased with some fiery dub tunes as well. During her set she teamed up with Jus D for their collaboration “Sweet like Sugar” and gave those in the audience a demonstration of how to “tek de loving and breathe” as Mole instructed.
In speaking to Loop News about the event the vivacious singer reflected: “Soca Lockdown was just as I imagined it would be, pure vibes, people came out in their numbers and had an amazing time. The artistes came through and the support form everybody was truly amazing.”
The artiste indicated that the only sad thing was having to turn back some people because of the COVID-19 capacity restrictions but all in all she said it was an “amazing show”, with the artistes performed exceptionally well good behaviour all around. She thanked the sponsors who came on board, especially in the present COVID-19 climate, for their support.
When questioned about whether fans can expect Soca Lockdown to become a Crop Over staple, she answered in the affirmative.
“You can definitely expect it to be a staple as you have seen with the other artistes,” she said, providing the examples of Dis is Rick, Machel Monday and Patrice Roberts’ Strength of a Woman. “This will definitely be a brand that I am looking to push and take forward to reach those heights,” Faith asserts.
As for what fans can look forward to next from the evolving artiste, Faith shared:
“You can definitely look out for some music videos for my releases this year.”
She teased by saying a couple more tracks might follow but the only way not to miss out is to keep locked to Faith Callender on all her social media pages, Youtube, Instagram and Facebook, as she continues to stamp her brand in the industry.