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Talented Chris Brown

By VERDEL BISHOP Monday, June 30 2008

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A fan gets an opportunity of a lifetime on stage with Chris Brown for one of his performances. ...
A fan gets an opportunity of a lifetime on stage with Chris Brown for one of his performances. ...

IT WAS a night of anxiety, suspense and mayhem Saturday, as teenage heart-throb and US Pop / R&B chart topper Chris Brown performed at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.

The concert’s opening acts, Machel Montano HD and his camp, made up of Patrice Roberts, Zan, Farmer Nappy and Shall Marshall, all gave an impressive start to the show, which also featured reggae singer out of Tobago, Positive, singing his inspirational reggae hit “Never Let Go”.

The crew proved to be the perfect prelude to Brown’s performance; but the crowd knew who they came to see and they waited patiently for their needs to be met.

When the MC introduced the singer, the energy level soared and the place erupted in teenage mayhem as screams and whistles reverberated throughout. Less than a second later, Brown appeared, and a familiar voice echoed throughout the venue. At this point, parents put their tiny tots on their necks so they could get a better view of the US star, and teenaged girls closed in to get a better look at the handsome singer.

Dressed in simple all-black urban wear and sporting a mohawk, Brown seemed comfortable on stage, and started things off on the right note at 8.30pm, with his popular hit, “Wall to Wall”, and took his audience through hits from his debut double platinum album Christ Brown. The whistles and screams never stopped. He sang with the help of a DJ and pre-recorded instrumental and vocal background which the audience didn’t seem to mind, and punctuated his performances with a lot of interaction with his audience, asking them how they were feeling and if they liked what they heard and if they were ok with his performance.

He really stunned the crowd when he started singing and dancing to the chorus of Iwer D Boss George’s soca hit, “Ah Home”, which proved to his audience that he clearly did his home work before coming to soca land to perform.

His soca gig scored major points with patrons, who were no doubt impressed with every minute of his multifaceted abilities.

With help from his DJ / hype man, who spined the crowd into a frenzy, Brown rode the soca rhythm then churned out some 80’s old school reggae and dub, singing acappella hits from the likes of Mad Cobra and Beenie Man. With hits like Beenie’s “Who am I” (Zim Zimma, Who got de keys to my bimma). At one point his voice even came close to sounding just like Mad Cobra’s when he belted out, Jamaican style, “Gyal Flex”, and coasted through his routine with seamlessness and entertaining dance moves, accompanied by impressive dancers dressed all in black.

With hits like “Kiss Kiss” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” remix, Brown really did not disappoint as he sang all the hits the audience wanted to hear. He closed off his hour-long performance with “No Air”, the popular hit, he originally sang with Jordin Sparks. He slowed things down in the last couple minutes of his performance with “Say Good Bye”, which left the hearts of teenaged girls thumping.

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