I felt the need to redeem my self after writing all the cursing blogs and saucy stuff like Deep Throat vs. De Sauce. So I decided to redeem my self by visiting the Experience tent. That’s like going to church but a calypso church. I had a break in Bacchanal Time’s schedule and so I decided to experience the Experience tent. For those of you who might not know, Experience is a tent that does religious type calypsos only, their motto is “Representing God in Culture”.
Experience tent was quite a change from what I was accustomed to. When the MC talks about using your mouth for something they mean to shout or talk. When they talk about going home to something “hot”, they mean a “hot” cup of tea. And when they say “Jesus Christ” they say it in praise and not because they are vexed with somebody and swearing. When they talk about eating in experience they actually mean eating for real, I mean like in eating food and I mean real food1.
I ended up sitting next to a woman with an ear splitting shriek who responded enthusiastically to almost all the performers, which caused me to be deaf in one ear but I guess I was being made deaf for the Lord so that was cool. The same lady however blessed me when I sneezed, so I tried to sneeze a lot ’cause you know I need a lot of blessing with the sinful controversial life I am living.The young lady was so energetic at one point she almost knocked out my eye waving a flag for the Lord. I guess if I had lost an eye for the Lord that that would have been cool too.
The performers who impressed me ….
Calypsonian Apache (who looks like Jesus or what Jesus looks like in pictures) sang a song about “taking back” the society from the evil people like you reading this blog. That was good. Apache also did a number that had the audience screaming for more, he was like the religious Lil Rick of the tent in terms of response. I understand he was a dub artiste before he saw the light and he is now using his “Experience” for the Lord.
“Rommel” who performed an impactful number entitled Apcalypso about a battle between “Satan vs. Jesus”. That calypso was so hard then. Kareen Clarke was good too she was like a religious Alison Hinds. She really passionately performed a song that brought the crowd to their feet. Another Lady performed a number we need to get Back to the Master that was also outstanding. I forgot to write down her name though; you think I am Ricky Jordan or something?
They had their own party songs which did not mention conch or sauce or wukking up and when they sang about living water and they did not mean Guinness. They meant like holy water. Sammi J did an infectious closing number about Pointing Your Finger.
Oh and did I mention I was challenged? Yeah. At one point the lucid and energetic MC made the challenge from the stage, Peter Boyce, Experience Tent is challenging Bacchanal Time to a clash. It was like the voice of the Lord was talking to me and I was scared, “Bacchanal Time vs. Experience Tent” Hmm what do you think? I make it a point never to go up against anyone who has the Lord on their side, that’s why I stick to opposing NCF.
In Summary however my Experience experience was a good experience. They should get a lot of people in the semi finals, however some one from Bacchanal Time will still win! (You know I must plug myself)
1. Must clarify this as MADD has a song comparing women to food named Looka de Food on Some Like It Hott 1997 album. Now available on Madd’s Greatest Hits!