The party had a slow start but by 12:30 a.m. people slowly started coming in. K-Zino hit the stage at approximately 12:55 a.m. I myself arrived at the venue at 12.a.m. Sharp. Once I got to the front door I noticed the line was ridiculously long outside. This was my first time attending an event at Milk Rivers, therefore, I had no prior knowledge there were two different sections. Unfortunately, the long line that I saw was not for K-Zino and VAYB’s party, rather a party that was being held in the other section of the club.Once I got to the door I saw Entourage’s, Vlad Dada who didn’t seem to be too fazed by the turnout so far and besides, the night was still young. I continued on and once inside I saw Mikael of VAYB who was there before the majority of the VAYB musicians. For a second I thought that was strange and then it dawned on me that he’s also the band’s manager now so it made sense that he would be there early because he’s in charge of logistics. I greeted Mickael and Tabou Combo’s bassist, Ronald Felix who was standing next to each other we conversed for a while before I started casing the place.
After being there for about a half hour and by then all of the musicians from both bands were there on time to start; I started wondering when the first band would start performing. K-Zino was scheduled to play first but the room barely had people, luckily, once K-Zino started to play, the lead singer Gerald asked the people that were there to gather around and one by one couple were hitting the dance floor out of nowhere. This was my first time seeing K-Zino ever and my first time seeing the rebirth of Mickael Guirand and his new band. I didn’t know what to expect and with an open mind; I watched them perform. I noticed a high level of energy from both bands, especially from the cords.
K-Zino was accompanied by a couple of familiar faces from the New York City area to give them a helping hand such as; Roody Delpe formerly of Cruz La on one keyboard and Ti-Marco formerly of Carimi on the Conga drums. Their guitar player, Clautaire Jean AKA Ti Pick is very animated and entertaining to watch, his guitar licks are pretty solid to boost. Bass player, Rene Sainrald AKA T-Bass is a little more reserved. I enjoyed watching Gerald and Ricky switching mic for keyboard effortlessly. Not every day you see a band with two lead singers that also play an instrument. They performed five original songs; Don’t Walk Away, I’ll Be There, Fe Sa W Vle Ave M, M Kole, Santiman Pa Dyaman and the rendition of Nelson Freitas, Rebound Chick. While they did their parts and delivered musically and vocally, the sound was way too high and their mics too low. Nevertheless, the ladies that were in attendance weren’t the least bit bothered for they were losing their minds singing along with every tune.
After a brief DJ intermission; VAYB was up next. It was really nice to see Mickael doing what he loves doing again. Mickael started their set with Ill Yayad then their guitarist, Jude Deslouches took over the mic and did a medley of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You and Luis Fonsi’s Despacito. Mickael returned to the mic and did a Medley of CaRiMi’s songs Kita Nago, Buzz, and Are Ready. During that medley “Kai Kraze Nimero Efase.” Their bass player, Noldy Cadet is the original Gouyad Vile, he should be collecting royalty on that. By this time they had everyone in the club right in front of the stage just VAYBIN’ with them. They continued on to play, Lanmoun Nou Pa Fini which is beautiful live followed by Shedly’s Fanm Dous originally sung by Alan Cave. It was nearly 4:00 a.m. at this point so to wrap their set they played Ayiti Bang Bang and joining them on stage was Gerald of K-Zino.
K-Zino is a good-looking band, that’s full of energy and surely has its place in this music industry that is in desperate need of a few fresh and young faces. I have no doubt VAYB is here for another decade. The band is solid no bubblegum here and they still appeal to the younger crowd. At this time all that is missing is a good album. I so much trust that they will make it that I would advise Mickael to start looking for a manager because he’s going to need one in the near future no matter how much he thinks, he’s got this. Overall, it was a great night full of great moments.
Special thanks to Entourage, K-Zino, VAYB, Sheila, DJ Rey and Daphne Phillip.