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“I don’t do things normal.”

That was the declaration from three-time soca monarch Aaron ‘Voice’ St Louis during ‘Niceness’, his first virtual live concert on Friday night.

Indeed, there was nothing normal about Voice’s show.

Streamed live from his San Juan home, Voice’s show was a recreation of his annual Cavanal show with a stage, confetti, fireworks, and a guest artiste. There were even commercials from his sponsors Carnival Hunters, Digicel, Martell Cognac, SFX and Making Creativity Real

One viewer, commenting on the bells and whistles, declared Voice the winner of the ‘Quarantine Monarch’.

The show was streamed live on Voice’s Facebook and Instagram accounts attracting in total over 7000 viewers including soca artistes such as Lyrikal, Nadia Batson, Ricardo Drue, Bunji Garlin, Preedy and Sekon Sta.

The show began at 8 pm with DJ Elon pumping tunes from Voice’s home for over an hour as host Major Penny urged viewers to encourage others to join.

Voice emerged from his room just before 10 pm in a suit with a matching mask. He opened the concert with ‘Dear Promoter’, his 2020 collaboration with Kees Dieffenthaller and debuted his new song ‘By Any Means’ in which he sings about missing fetes but using soca as his healing to fete while inside.

Voice delivered his hits, among them ‘Cheers to Life’, ‘Far From Finished’, ‘Alive and Well’ and ‘Potential’.

After a break, he launched into ‘Pandemonium’ before introducing his surprise guest Iwer George who sang his winning Road March and Soca Monarch song ‘Stage Gone Bad’ as well as ‘Savannah’ and ‘Trinidad’. Iwer also took the opportunity to plug his movie ‘Soca Prison’.

The original article can be found here.

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