Mash off to a ‘fantastic’ start in Region 6
―Pop Up Concert thrills Berbicians
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Mash 2020 was officially launched in East Berbice-Corentyne with a pop-up concert in New Amsterdam on Sunday evening. Berbicians lined the main road in New Amsterdam by the Banks DIH Square and danced to the energetic performances by the various artistes and bands.
The event was officially declared open by Regional Executive Officer of Region 6, Kim Williams-Stephens. The REO noted that while Guyanese have much to celebrate, they must look keep the nation’s motto – ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny’ – foremost in their minds as the country looks to continued success and transformation.
The concert got underway with performances by the Guyana Police Force and PanaManicas steel pan orchestras that set the mood. Backed by DJ Mix Doctor and the Power Tech Sound system the Chutney artistes took to the stage with their official entries for Mashramani 2020.
Berbice’s very own Chanderpaul Nathoo with his ‘Guyana Together’ was the first performer. He was followed by another fellow Berbician, Chris Ramphal with ‘Sweet Bai Talk’. Arijit Singh’s ‘Sangeet Bhaaje – chutney is a culture’ was among the favourites of the night. A.W. Lyrical’s performance of his entry ‘Seven Curry’ left the crowd craving the famous dish, while Bunty Singh with his ‘She Want Me Be She Raja’ did not disappoint.
Following the Chutney performances, the dance group B3 took to the stage and sent the crowd in frenzy with their well-choreographed and energetic moves.
By the time the Soca artistes took to the stage, everyone was dancing to the beats and catchy lyrics. Performances by reigning Soca Monarch Brandon Harding and local boy Hot Rass also had those in attendance calling for more. At the end of the event, patrons left feeling satisfied with the local performances.