Delivered As Promised.
Gregory A Lewin
Nov. 9, 2004- Oneness Entertainment Group
(formerly SLC Inc.) and Burning Flames delivered as promised on October
16, 2004. Though the crowd expectation was not met, Burning Flames set the
Plaza Inter on fire with their rump-shaking, waist wining, hot and
contagious Soca music from Antigua.
The day of the event it rained like nobody’s
business, as we would say, but when night fell upon the city, the sky was
clear and blue. You could see the stars and count them one by one. A cool
refreshing breeze was blowing in from the lake to make it nice and cool.
DJ Easy Lover was jamming while the small but significant amount of
spectators mingled with each other.
The show started at approximately 9:30PM. with Philip
Montalban. But it wasn’t until the Obayom dance group headed by Marvalee
Hodgson took center stage that everyone started shouting and jumping.
Their job was to get the crowd in heat and prepared them for what was
coming next. The Obayom dance group has been a part of every show put on
by Oneness Entertainment Group. The members are: Susie Joseph, Shanee
Green, Shanda Cayasso, Abby Green, Tasha Hodgson and Ricky Hodgson.
This is a group of young talented children who love
to do what they do best, dance!
After the Obayom dance group was done the crowd was
ready for Burning Flames. You could feel the heat flowing when Mr. Chin
and Jerome, both engineers for the group started to hook up the equipment.
The temperature started to rise when Oungku started tuning up his
keyboards and Crokus oiled his based guitar. Osmond was making sure his
guitar could talk while Ronne “Foxx” assured the rhythms coming from
the drums would make you jump and shout. Behind the speakers hidden from
the crowd was the queen of Soca, the beautiful Onika Bostic dress in white
and pink waiting to take center stage.
Wow, all of a sudden the crowd, which sounded like
fifty thousand strong, started screaming when Oungku started the show in a
teasing fashion with the familiar and most popular song by the group in
Nicaragua “Workey, Workey.” It was all Burning Flames from there on,
like I’ve seen them so many times before. It seems they never get tired.
After a few cuts by Oungku, Onika took center stage and took the crowd to
a level of Soca experience they’ve never been before. Crokus, the bass
player and brother of Oungku, the man I refer to as “the man that just
cannot keep his shirt on” went wild and as expected took his shirt off
two minutes into the show.
Have you ever seen a bass player play the bass with
one hand before and don’t miss a beat? I know Crokus is one of the best
but he went beyond being one of the best when he was in the middle of his
rendition of Zukla. You see, a group of young ladies were invited on stage
to dance with the group, each one took a member of the group and Crokus
had no choice but to play his bass one handed while holding on to the
young lady. The crowd was in awe to see such skills being displayed.
It was none stop, Onika finally got challenged by one
of the young member of the Obayom group and all she could say with a big
smile on her face was, “You small but you could wine.” The party went
on for about 2 ½ hours. The group then took time out to sign autographs
on paper, flyers, and believe it or not on socks. Oungku then sat down
with a group of young kids and shared the photos he had on his digital
camera with them.
Thank you Burning Flames for a job well done, thank
you for bringing us joy and happiness. We will see you next year.
here for photos
Up next for Bluefields, Nicaragua.
Burning Flames – date to be announced / 2005
Yvonne Curtis & Owen Gray – date to be announce
Each One Teach One!