He looked damn good for one thing but beyond that, when one of the youngest entertainers in the soca game, Orlando Octave, took the stage at Friday night’s Ladies Night Out event in Trinidad, he was armed with a message. They really say, big things come in small packages. Octave has been having a tremendous Carnival 2017 season and with a grand opportunity presented to let his voice be heard, he rose to the challenge.
Amid a crime wave in Trinidad and Tobago that has left much to be desired, the young Mayan, as he often coins himself, added a unique verse to his hit soca anthem, “Single”, calling for women to be protected by the men of the country. He highlighted the recent murders, specifically that of women and lifted his voice in condemnation of these senseless acts of violence. Octave joins a chorus of vocal outcries by many T&T entertainers, among them Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano and D Loxx, MX Prime and the Ultimate Rejects and even rising US based female entertainer, Leonce, who’ve been advocating for the violent behavior in Trinidad and Tobago to cease.
Orlando Octave was mesmerizing, to say the least, on Friday night. He’d come to cause a stir and that he did. After exiting the stage once, he was called back for an encore and when he returned, he came armed with more music than most would’ve expected. He showed his vocal range and aptitude to fulfill the musical needs of even the elders in the crowd, in the end jokingly toying with them with words that insinuated that they didn’t know he had that kind of depth in him.
Separately on show night at LNO, artistes like Jadel, Tobago’s Adanna, Voice, Shal Marshall and Devon Matthews took the opportunity to show their ability. Jadel, while certainly offering her catchy songs and clear vocals, seemed to have had a hard time connecting with the crowd. Voice was certainly the opposite. His 2017 hit, ‘Far From Finished’ gave the audience much to sing along to, and immediately reminded us at EBUZZTT why he was the victor at the 2016 International Soca Monarch competition. Fay Ann Lyons and her husband, Bunji Garlin were indeed a fun duo on stage, enhancing their act by engaging the crowd by way of common rhetoric and claims that one side of the audience had more vibes, was more beautiful, had more money, than the other. In the end, Lyons-Alvarez would once again prove that she is a lioness when she hits any stage and is capable of tearing down any show, with sheer vibrance and energy. The outsiders were not to be sidelined at LNO. In fact, Marvay proved a truly likable entertainer. Peter Ram was also in the mix, drawing the audience to him with the infectious, “Good morning” tune that all of the Caribbean continues to enjoy. Skinny Fabulous was also at LNO. He was introduced during Machel Montano’s set and was certainly embraced by the crowd. Rupee definitely shone on stage on Friday night. The ladies have been loving him across the length and breadth of T&T and at Ladies Night Out, the reception was no different.
Terri Lyons, Nadia Batson, Patrice Roberts, Ms. Alysha, MX Prime and the Ultimate Rejects, Linky First, Ricardo Drue and of course, Machel Montano all added their unique style to the Ladies affair and by 2:00am, the audience had certainly had their fill. The night could be adjudicated a success by all accounts, most patrons leaving with an appreciation for a show that even saw a female patron walk away $50,000 richer thanks to a best dressed competition. The season is now at it’s peak. What’s next? Well, that’s totally up to you. Tell us, where can we find you this weekend?