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Xaymaca brings So-Kah vibe

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer

A big truck was parked on the lawns of the Liguanea Club. It was the focal point; it was the stage; it was an appropriate decorative appointment for So-Kah, the season, opening event for Xaymaca International.

On Sunday, exactly seven weeks before the highly-anticipated Road Parade, Xaymacans gathered with the hopes of viewing the two new sections to be added to their band. However, an announcement via social media revealed that a new release date would be forthcoming as they fine-tuned the details of the upcoming alternative options.

Nonetheless, the event carried on, with patrons in high spirits and singing in unison with guest performer, Nailah Blackmansoca legacy and singer of the song from which the event was named. Sokah, Baila Mami, Workout and Baddish, are among the blossoming star's hit songs.

"Yo! People out here have mad vibes! I just felt so comfortable. I feel at home. Everybody makes me feel so welcome. There's some real soca lovers out here. My kind of people! So it was amazing!," she told The Gleaner after descending, the big truck. But this was not the first time the artiste performed for Jamaicans, and there is no indication, it will be the last.

Last year, Nailah was on the road with Bacchanal Jamaica, performing alongside Kes. "It was my first time in Jamaica when I came to that show."

"Before I came here, I always loved Jamaican culture, so I wrote Baila Mami (Mami)leaning towards that. I actually released Baila Mami, first in Jamaicawith ZJ Sparks," the singer told The Gleaner.

Clad in fish-nets, bold, sequined shorts, and a 'peeking' tight top, the pixie-haired songstress stood above the Xaymaca-lit sign, and sang her songs to a knowing and engaged crowd.

Nailah is the granddaughter of Ras Shorty I, a man known to be the pioneer of soca music in Trinidad and Tobago. She revealed to The Gleaner that Sokah was written for her grandfather.

"If anybody knows who he was, the reason why he was not really known for what he's done, is because he's changed his life for Godand let go of the 'life of soca' and what it was. He became a godly man. But I felt like people didn't know the history of soca music. Something so great should never go unnoticed and not celebrated. So the song was written as a tribute to his workthanking him for all he's done," Nailah said.

"That's why I say at the end. 'I love you Lord Shorty' it's thanking him for creating this unification, this music that is for unity."

In expected fashion, the So-Kah patrons danced, jumped, and waved all night, even in the final half-hour when the deejays added a short dancehall segment, which kept most people moving.

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