“Best Street party in the Caribbean”…St. Kitts J’ouvert

 It was a time that so many had been waiting and planning for, and without hesitation, as early as 2:00am, the carnival revelers started to hit the streets in search of the bands and hi-fi systems to begin the traditional J’ouvert Morning jam session in Basseterre, as Sugar Mas 42 builds momentum.

Once again the center of the city was flooded with thousands partying to the sounds of the Grand Masters, Small Axe, Nu Vybes, Kollision Band and Ronnie Rascal Sound System.

Though it is still much too early to tell, this could finally be the year for the young and dynamic Kollision Band which placed second in the Road March competition last year.

This time around the group is determined to pull off an upset victory and score its first tile, hopefully with its popular song, “Wuk Up” which is performed by lead singer Mr. Bagnal, who a few nights ago also placed First Runner-up in the Power Soca Monarch Competition.

This was one of the leading Road March selections played on the road for J’ouvert and if they are able to maintain the same drive on Carnival Day, 1st January, 2014, they could certainly be a force to challenge for the coveted title.

Also played on J’ouvert were songs from the Nu Vybes Band, Small Axe (Hardware), Power Soca Monarch Mr. Hype with Wuk It, and the Grand Masters which was doing its best to remain relevant in the search for Road Mach honours. The Nu Vybes appeared to be pushing their “Freaky Mas” as their lead contender for the Road March.

The long J’ouvert jam also featured troupes such as the Red Devils, Extreme and Sugar Warriors. The tight security provided by the police and Defense Force helped to ensure a relatively calm and peaceful jam session.

Minister responsible for Carnival, Marcella Liburd expressed her satisfaction with what she described as a successful J’ouvert Morning session. She said that she was happy and pleased that the implementation has been “great this year”. Her colleague in Cabinet, Tourism Minister, Richard Skerritt, who also once had responsibility for the festival, said it was “the best street party in the Caribbean”.

Again the Sugar Band (Nu Vybes) and the Small Axe Band dominated in terms of crowd size. Even the Grand Masters had its moments of large followings during the course of the day. The final hours of the session culminated with another massive “wet down” on Bank Street with Ronnie Rascal and his Extreme crew.

The next major carnival event comes off on Friday, 27th December when the National Carnival Queen Pageant is hosted.



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