That strong determination is what helped this Kittitian soca diva to catapult herself from relative obscurity lately to become the Queen of Groovy Soca for St. Kitts & Nevis, defeating the likes of Konris, Stitch in Time and other strong contenders, vying for the 2011 carnival title, on Friday 23rd December, in Basseterre.
It was definitely a night to “Party Plenty” at the home of Sugar Mas 2011 the Sugar Mill at the Warner Park Stadium in St. Kitts, as Shakki Starfire blew away the field to take the first ever Groovy Soca Monarch Title.
Shakki amassed a total of 247 points, some 25 points ahead of her closest competitor to totally dominate the Groovy Soca Competition.
Singing her hit tune “Party Plenty’, Shakki overcame a major technical difficulty by the band at the beginning of her performance, to wow the crowd at the Sugar Mill, giving one of the most electrifying and memorable performances of the evening.
The former Culturama Road March Queen entered the stage along with a 10 piece masquerade group, accompanied by the sounds of sweet big drum music, dancing with the group in the traditional choreography of the cultural carnival staple.
She then moved to the front of the masquerade group, much to the delight of the crowd; up to that point, no one realized that she was actually among the masquerades. She then went into her set after a short pause due to the technical difficulty alluded to earlier and she instantly moved the crowd with her popular hit.
This however was just the tip of the iceberg, as Shakki was joined on stage by another cultural and carnival staple, the clowns. The clowns came on cracking their whips and Shakki joined them in doing their dance known as the Quadrille.
The performance was then taken to another level, with a series of scintillating and colourful stage effects, including confetti bombs, fireworks and fireworks displays. Shakki blended into the massive presence of clowns and masquerades and exited the stage while the clowns and masquerades delighted the crowd with their dance; all while still belting out her winning song.
Shortly after came a group of Mocko Jumbies entering the stage, joining the carnival like spectacle. This was followed by Shakki, this time as a Mocko Jumbie, on her 6 feet high stilts, singing her song. The crowd went wild as Shakki performed on stilts with the help of her Mocko Jumbie friends who were on 8 feet stilts.
Even the ending which some critics may see as a mishap turned out to be one of the highlights of the performance. While exiting from stage, she experienced some difficulties with her stilts and one of the other Mocko Jumbies simply lifted her up, stilts and all, and danced and took her off stage carrying her in his arms.
Shakki Starfire whose real name is Jacinth Cao also participated in the Power Segment of the Soca Monarch with another of her Sugar Mas 2k11 hits “We Losing it (Crazy crazy)” and gave another splendid performance there. But it was her Groovy segment performance which simply set her apart on the night.
Ali-Dee, who cites Shakki as one of her soca music idols, was some 25 points behind and placed First Runner-up with her song “With or Without You”. Reggae star turned soca performer Stitch in Time aka Masud Sadiki grabbed the 2nd runner-up spot with his song “You Make Your Clothes Look Good”.
Mighty Takeover won the Power segment with “Insane” while Stitch in Time copped First Runner-up with “Party Hearty”. Mighty Honesty placed 2nd with “Sing Stupidness”
The defending Power Soca Monarch Champion Konris failed to place in any of the segments as neither of his songs made the impact that we have been accustomed to from the talented young performer over the years.
Memorable performances were also delivered by Cinnamon, Dimepiece and Fantastic Tunda.
Soca Monarch Results:
GROOVY SOCA MONARCH –
SHAKKI STAR FIRE (247 points)
1st runner up -Ali Dee(225 points)
2nd runner up–Stitch In Time (222 points)
POWER SOCA MONARCH –
MIGHTY TAKEOVER (257 points)
1st runner up –Stitch In Time (223 points)
2ND runner up –Mighty Honesty (216 points