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Konshens, Chromatic add J'can flavour to BRT's Hawaiian-themed party

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 12:10 AMCarolyn Sinclair
Cheers to Maui Wowi
Fom left: Bomma SubK, Creep from Chromatic and Konshens.
Hostesses at Maui Wowi pose with patrons at the event.
Kes the Band frontman Kes (right) and fan Twana Payne.
Hostesses at Maui Wowi.

Islamorada in South Florida was transformed into little Hawaii over the weekend when the Harbour Lights venue came alive with BRT's Maui Wowi.

With music by Private Ryan out of Trinidad and Chromatic from Jamaica, the seemingly always-in-motion crowd was treated to an array of songs from music genres spanning dancehall, hip hop, rap and soca.

DJ Private Ryan extended an invitation to patrons at the all-inclusive event, to take a trip to Trinidad as he, released an onslaught of soca songs, taking patrons out of the dancehall and hip hop trance Chromatic's team of two, Creep and JR, had left them in.

One patron, Twana Payne, who at first glance, appeared to be resting her aching legs from standing all night, sprung to life when she saw Trinidadian soca artiste Kes, and promptly requested a photo with the singer who soon after took to the stage belting out, "a I feel like I just won a million dollars", lyrics from his hit song 'Wotless'.

Kes the band frontman's opening lyrics seemed very appropriate for the occasion, as high profiling patrons forked out big bucks on bottle services, which saw bottles of liquor adorned with lit sparklers above the heads of hostesses, dressed in Hawaiian-inspired outfits, carefully weaving through the crowd to deliver.

According to Payne, "I'm here by myself, I've always heard about the event and so I wanted to try it. I usually go to Miami Carnival, but opted for this instead." Payne who, has Antiguan ties, says she travelled from New York for the event and wants to also visit Jamaica for Dream Weekend.

As the event continued to peak, Kes left bikini-clad derrieres vibrating to his soca tunes, adding a little Jamaican flavour with remixes of local songs.

Konshens took the stage soon after, belting out "bubble gyal a bubble", a line from his popular hit, 'Gyal a Bubble'. His set on stage changed the tempo of the party, but not long enough for patrons, as many felt that his set was too short.

(See more BRT Weekend coverage in tomorrow's Gleaner)