Claudette Peters proved on Friday night that she will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2012 Party Monarch competition.
Having secured a spot in the jumpy segment and determined to defend her groovy title, the artist delivered what was undoubtedly one of her best performances anywhere since the start of the carnival season.
CP and her band, Taxic, have been quite busy in the last few weeks performing at all major events to crowds of thousands. At each performance the soca diva finds a way to raise the bar higher and higher.
Though the selections and repertoire generally remain the same, the beauty of her performances seems to lay in her persona on stage, a truly charismatic artiste who commands the attention of the audience.
At Power Rumble CP was in top form again, dressed in a white one-piece swimsuit, leggings and a gold mini blazer.
Perhaps boosted by the presence of Fay-Ann Lyons, Peters had revelers in a frenzy, giving them instructions to jump, wave, sing, gyrate and run.
Her 2012 composition Benna Soca, a groovy hit that seeks to revive the traditional Antiguan sound, and No Tomorrow, a jumpy selection of modern day Soca energy, are the flagship compositions for the artiste.
The day before her Power Rumble performance she told OBSERVER Media why it was necessary for her to up her game.
“At the end of the day it’s a fight. I have a crown that I need to uphold and fans that I need to please,” CP said.
She is no stranger to the stage having enjoyed a musical career that spans over a decade and has been officially endorsed by APUA, the company that presents Power Rumble.
To put it simply, the event was well organised. It started on time, a rarity in the twin island nation.
By 10 pm Tian Winter was already on stage performing to a crowd that had not yet reached its peak in terms of number. Hearing Winter from the outside created a serious backlog at the entrance as fans tried their best to clear security at the police recreation ground.
Apart from the inconvenience of having a single entrance, Power Rumble was executed almost flawlessly with artistes taking to the stage within the stipulated times and staying within their performance time limits.
Backstage too was well organised and was limited to only those persons who had business there. It was backstage that OBSERVER Media caught up with Destra Garcia, one of the night’s highly anticipated performers.
Garcia did not disappoint, performing to a crowd that she was very comfortable with after performing four years straight at the event. The artiste said she enjoys a special bond with Antigua & Barbuda.
“It’s always nice being in Antigua. The vibes is always good and this is a place that if I don’t come here a year am going to think that something is wrong,” she said.
The Bachannal singer also denied that this year would be her last at Power Rumble telling OBSERVER Media she will be here as along as the organisers want her.
On stage Destra focused on rewarding her fans with a sterling performance. Shal Marshall, Denise Belfond, Iwer George and Drastic joined her onstage, among other performers.