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Fresh Kydd’s ‘We nah Leave’ grabs LIME prize

Fresh Kydd’s ‘We nah Leave’ grabs LIME prize

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Last Friday, Victoria Village resident Kurtne ‘Fresh Kydd’, Patterson, with his song for this year “We nah leave”, found the favour of the three judges to earn him the LIME Ragga Soca nod {{more}} above the other eight competitors who performed before a huge “after work” crowd on the LIME Promenade.

The show is one in a series of build-up Carnival shows that started several weeks ago, as the Super Platinum sponsor and official telecommunications provider for Vincy Mas seeks to add value to its sponsorship of this country’s premiere cultural festival.

It was dubbed “Who didn’t make it”. The show featured the Ragga Soca and Soca artistes who didn’t make it to the finals of the CDC organized shows. The event was a real enactment of the Soca Monarch Finals and artistes competed for one prize of $1,000. All artistes sang one song and the huge crowd was left gasping and eyes fixed on stage as the artistes presented their songs.

The event attracted the young and upcoming Soca artistes who are on the verge of making it into the mainstream entertainment, plus some veterans who didn’t find the favour of the judges. The competition was judged on lyrics, melody, presentation and crowd response. Among the artistes taking part were Tapha, Godfrey Dublin, Vyrus, Bunny Rebel, Lil Pain, new Soca Song winner Armstrong and Beenie West.

The 23-year-old was understandably happy to be the champion and thanked LIME for this ingenious idea. “I really wanted to win the television set for my mom. This was my first motivation. Secondly, I wanted to show what I can do on stage, since there are not many opportunities for artistes to show their craft outside of private shows and CDC organized shows, so LIME created this opportunity for us to show the people what we have been preparing for all year. The concept is one that is novel and can develop into a main event for Vincy Mas, since only a few artistes can get into the finals and who don’t get to the finals are usually ignored and forgotten,” commented Fresh Kydd.

Leslie Jack, LIME General Manager, was extremely pleased with the crowd support and the professionalism of the contestants. He disclosed “LIME will continue to invent and support the CDC with new ideas and opportunities to improve the Carnival product. LIME is also about Entertainment and our support for culture and giving new opportunities to these artistes are enough evidence that LIME is innovative and has a willingness to assist the art form. These artistes can look forward to similar activities for the remainder of this year’s festival.”

Miss LIME and Miss SVG Carice Glasgow presented the cheque to Fresh Kydd.

Royall and LIME Soca Dans turned in some sterling performances that had the large crowd jumping.

The show was definitely a huge success and one to look for in the future.