Infamus to headline talented teen pageant ... 'Expect a big bang from me as usual'Written by Precious Mills
BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS: Uprising popular national artiste ‘Kervin ‘Infamus’ Benjamin has been selected as the headline guest artiste to perform on this year’s 32nd annual Digicel Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant.
The announcement was made on Wednesday afternoon at the pageant’s launch event held at ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC). The show is slated for Dec. 29.
Infamus will be backed by KC5 Band of St. Kitts. News Link notes that Infamus appeared on the show two years ago when Antigua and Barbuda’s soca queen Claudette ‘CP’ Peters was the guest artiste.
At the press conference Infamus treated his live listening and viewing artiste to a sample of what they can except as he belted out lyrics to his hit tune ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ which is one of his most recent songs.
Chairman of the Haynes Smith Executive Committee, Antonio Maynard spoke of admiration about Infamus as a national artiste being the special guest artiste.
“The Haynes Smith organization is indeed proud to be presenting Infamus as our main special guest artiste for this year’s show. I believe that is a wonderful opportunity for him and for us... He’ll be showcased intentionally and regionally of course on this particular show," he remarked.
“We have had stars over the years as you know, this is a major feature of the pageant itself (that is) to have a superstar come in and be the guest artiste.” Maynard highlighted Marshall Montana Claudette Peters and Allison Hinds.
Maynard continued: “I believe that Infamus is on the same level to be honest with you and we’re proud that we’ve come to a stage where we could choose one of our own and trust me that night is going to be bacchanal night because KC5 Band will be providing the music and from yesterday rehearsals started and so Infamus will be tight in terms of his rehearsal. It’s going to be an excellent production from Infamus come right down with everything else especially Infamus performing in front of his home crowd.”
Infamus also highlighted his readiness for that level of exposure.
“Right now I’m feeling like I’m so ready to embrace my regional and international fans and for them to embrace me as well. St. Kitts on lock down,” he expressed.
He recalled being in New York last year and watching at the show via ZIZonline.com.
“Definitely you know it’s an honour for me and a privilege to be associated with such a prestigious show,” Infamus stated.
“But you know, I’ve grown and matured in stature and everything is in play for me to come out and give a good show,” Infamus remarked.
He invited persons to come out to the show "and expect a big bang from me as usual."
This reporter asked Infamus about what advice would he give to teenagers, who make up a large number of his fan base.
“The most appropriate advice to them from me honestly would be for them to stay in school. Definitely go to school, take in as much education as you possibly can. Stay as calm and as humble as possible and everything that is supposed to come unto you would definitely come onto you,” he encouraged.
Past performers on the pageant over the years have included Machel Montano, Allison Hinds, Edwin Yearwood, Rupee and Christopher Martin
Popular Trinidad soca artiste Ziggy Rankin made the guest appearance last year.