Kaiso Lime returned to Carnival Village on Saturday 5 May for its fifth season. The opening night focused strongly on remembering the impact of Windrush, and was entitled D’Journey’ – Windrush.
Alexander D’Great opened the show in fine style, dispensing historical facts about the Windrush period while acknowledging that, due to recent events and media coverage, most people in this country are now aware of that very significant period of time. He entertained the audience with musical numbers such as After the Windrush and Kitchener, the latter being Alexander’s personal tribute to the great calypsonian who docked at Tilbury in 1948 and famously sang, London is the Place for Me.
Tobago Crusoe followed Alexander D’Great, in magnificent style. He showed his respect for the audience by thanking them for attending the event, and acknowledged how great they are for supporting their culture. He had the crowd in fits of laughter, running jokes and singing about the immigrant experience all those years ago, and even making personal reference to his own. The performer also touched on Lord Kitchener’s account of living with an English woman who was unable to cook food the way he wished!
In the second half, Giselle, the hostess for the evening, treated the audience to one of the Mighty Sparrow’s infamous compositions, Philip my Dear. Then it was time for her to devote her singing talents to a younger king, none other than David Rudder, with The Hammer and Calypso Music. Giselle is also a great storyteller, and has a bank of jokes; she left some people in the audience demanding more humour which prompted her to say in joke fashion, “Allyuh does like too much bacchanal”.
Talented pannist Justin ‘Redz’ Richardson closed the show, beginning his segment with the Lord Nelson classic, All Of We Is One Family.
The main aim of Kaiso Lime is to promote calypso and kaiso – which is often unrehearsed. The event is supported by musicians such as Cyril ‘Scratcherman’ Khomai, Congas and Shawn Caribbean.
Make sure you catch the Kaiso Lime, held at the Tabernacle, Carnival Village, Notting Hill on the first Saturday of each month until November, 7pm to 10:30pm.
The next Kaiso Lime takes place this coming Saturday 2 June, click below for more details.