The 8th Annual International Soca Awards took place at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, Trinidad on November 27, 2010. From the curtains going up on the memorable tribute to Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell to the fantastic finale of Terry Lyons, the 8th International Soca Awards was an absolute hit. CG and Big Daddy George and Militant commanded the Red Carpet, and the Codrington Pan Family Steel Orchestra greeted the guests in to the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) on Saturday November 27. Nikki Crosby did her thing as the funny, sexy host, and the artists and presenters were in tasteful, elegant garb for the big night in soca music.
It was truly a tribute to the 70s and 80s music, and viewers were delighted to see Swallow’s and Baron’s performances. The Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism of Trinidad and Tobago, Honorable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters, presented the Honorees of the night with their awards, and the tributes from Blaxx, Star George, SW Storm, Marvin Lewis, Dane Gulston, and Soca Elvis raised the hairs on people’s arms. Myron B, Dee Diamond, Rhythm and Moods and the Christmas Caravan rounded off the night with Sweet Soca Parang, music of the season, and without a doubt, the night would not have been complete without the beautiful performance from the Candice Clarke-Andell Dance Academy and flawless accompaniments of the Divine Echoes Band.
The night was a great one for soca music. The validity of the awards are certainly in no question here, because for those that could not make it to the show to collect their awards, they were certainly celebrating their titles at parties all across the world. Buffy, JW and Blaze, and Ravi B and Karma band were big winners for the night. Soca Awards Organization (SAO) President and CEO Colin H. Jackman commented that the iSA was a “fantastic show, and urges the artists to keep reaching for the stars because SAO plans to continue to take Soca music to Higher Heights.” He takes his hat off to those who were in full support, such as the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, Wack Radio 90.1 FM, Soca 91.9 FM, Blue Waters, Pour Moi, ET&T Weekly, D’Celebrities, Alicia’s Palace, Soca TV, 866 Two 1 Mix, TCN, Pepsi, Precision Signs, PS Trophies and Awards, and Touch Entertainment.