An Evening of Cultural Sensation by the band Rick G. And Friends, finally came to City Hall Port-of-Spain on Friday evening, after playing earlier in the month in South. A fusion of cultural variety, the show hosted by Mark “The Contender” John displayed different acts from cultural dance groups such as the Malick Folk Performing Company and the Natty Yogam Dance Troupe.
Other artists featured at the show were calypsonian Nerukhi, who performed a his track “Black Lives Matter” from his recent album entitled “Moods of Nerukhi” and “Cameron Must Go”, as well as Tuco South Region head, Steve “Ras Kommanda” Pascall who at one point during his performance, went into crowd to more intimately entertain and interact with patrons.
Other cultural contributions were delivered by The Codrington Pan Family who played the National Instrument at it’s finest while the crowd sang along and an extempo exchange of friendly banter between Mark “The Contender” John and Phillip “Black Sage” Murray kept the crowd laughing and light spirited. The Contender and Black Sage’s performance though, were in part, to introduce Cultural Sensation’s featured artist “Rick G and Friends” who performed hits to move any age in the crowd. Tunes from genres such as Cha Cha, Swing, R&B, and Reggae to name a few.
Such a dynamic range of songs and tunes played and performed by the band, that by the end of the night the crowd had no choice but to get up off their feet and onto the dance floor area and dance the evening away.
Richard Gaskin’s goal with the show, “An Evening of Cultural Sensation” is to inject life into a dying art-form, the ‘big band sound’, by fusing the old with the new highlighting the groups versatility. The show boasts a variety of cultural acts carefully selected based on location. The cast at South’s event was slightly different and will continue to change as the show roams the nation.