Reggae and Soca do battle with a touch of controversy

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The Reggae team retained their Soca versus Reggae title in controversial fashion on Friday night when the Soca team had to be disqualified for over-exuberance, and a lack of discipline.

The official Cup Match After Party got off to a good start soon after 10pm, with a moderate crowd of Cup Match revellers filing into Penno’s Wharf for what has become an absolutely vital part of the Cup Match experience in recent years.

The Reggae team won the toss, and chose to play first, and YGS certainly opened the title defence in fine style! The crowd, which eventually swelled to something near 2,000, was receptive, energetic, and enthusiastic from the start, as the opening round combatants (Y.G.S. and Tony Tempo) worked them into an ever-intensifying frenzy.

The intensity dropped during the live portion of the show, but there was still plenty of energy and appreciation for C’Daynger and Problem Child, who represented for Reggae and Soca respectively in round three. Round four featured Reggae phenomenon Ding Dong going toe-to-toe with Soca star Skinny Fabulous in a return to the energetic revelry of the first two rounds.

By this time, the scene was spectacular, and patrons closest to the stage were dripping with sweat and good old fashioned jubilation. Then the controversy came. Defending champion Poison Dart opened the penultimate round with an all-out assault on his opponents, accelerating the battle to fever pitch.

When the Soca team heavyweight, Ox Mighty, took the stage he responded by using some choice words. Due to repeated Police warnings regarding the use of profane language on stage, Ox was deemed to have crossed the line, and the sound was immediately cut off by Police.

To avoid an uncomfortable situation, the organisers decided that Soca would have to be disqualified, and that Reggae would retain their crown. This emergency judgment made way for the sound to be turned back on, and for Poison Dart to play out the rest of the night as the 2011 Champion.

This was an unfortunate turn of events, because the crowd was absolutely loving what Ox Mighty was doing when he played, but regrettably, the Soca versus Reggae tradition of good clean fun was not adhered to, and the police had to intervene.

The event ended soon after 2am, and the ample crowd dispersed without incident, giving the somewhat bittersweet consolation that Soca versus Reggae V was not marred by violence; another tradition the organisers hold dear.

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Published Aug 2, 2011 at 6:00 am (Updated Aug 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm)

Reggae and Soca do battle with a touch of controversy

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