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Rihanna LOUD tour rocks Kensington

8/7/2011

By Allison Ramsay

RIHANNA came, sang and rocked the Kensington Oval on Friday night at the Rihanna LOUD concert.

More than 25 000 fans of all ages and from all walks of life waited for more than an hour for Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty to perform but it was worth the wait for Barbados’ first international show.

She hit the stage at 10: 20 p.m. and had the crowd jumping to ‘Only Girl In the World.’ Shouting ‘Barbados!’ she grooved in a metallic blue mini trench coat which she disrobed and revealed a colourful high waist bikini as she glided across the stage for ‘Disturbia.’

Rihanna LOUD was truly a production to see with use of numerous props such as a car featured in her third selection ‘Shut Up and Drive’ and a neon pink tank gun for ‘Hard.’

But it was ‘Man Down’ that generated the most crowd response. In fact, Rihanna ‘pulled it up’ and sang it again to the delight of her fans who screamed their approval at her chanting.

Rihanna’s high energy performance included some suggestive moves but the audience embraced it and cheered her on for more.

Of course ‘S&M’ brought with it lots of leather, chains, handcuffs, and even the use of the pole by her dancers who performed excellent choreography all night.

What surprised many was her drum solo at the end of ‘Hard.’ It was also nice touch to see her guitarist’s instrument painted in Barbados’ national colours.

She brought hit after hit such as ‘What’s My Name,’ ‘Please Don’t Stop the Music,’ ‘Rude Boy,’ ‘Run This Town’, ‘Live Your Life,’ Unfaithful,’ ‘Cheers to the Freakin Weekend’ and ‘California King Bed.’

Some patrons may have thought that the show came to an end when Rihanna sang ‘Take A Bow’ and left the stage but the crowd wanted more. To chants of ‘Ri Ri’ she reappeared seated on top of a piano accompanied by a pianist singing ‘Love The Way You Lie.’

Also extremely well received was ‘Umbrella.’ Though it was not raining at the time, some fans opened their umbrellas and twirled them in the air as she performed.

Rihanna kept a connection with the crowd at all times, inviting them to sing sometimes, which most were doing anyway. At one point, she was waving the Barbados flag in the luxury VIP section. Indeed, Barbados’ international star entertained all in attendance for 110 minutes and left fans thoroughly satisfied.

Flashing lights, large screens which at times showed videos of Rihanna, hydraulics, several wardrobe changes from dresses, a tuxedo, a leather ensemble to a military outfit were all part of the production that was Rihanna LOUD.

The show started on time at 7: 30 p.m. with the young band Cover Drive from Barbados. They were well received, so too was the second act, US rapper J.Cole.

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