Spice and Ice win Caribfest Soca Show

The group O.K turns zombie as they dance to the song Carnival Jumbie for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center on Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley

Nice jazzy music played by Electric Roots, and colorful lights flashed as about 70 people flooded through the doors to watch the five groups fight for the title of Soca Show winner.

The show officially began at 8 p.m. Friday night with the introduction of the show host and the three judges. Then the five contestants began their battle for first place. We started off with a rap duo called Jel & Powa, following them was the winners of the night — Spice and Ice.

They started their performance of the song No Bad Vybz with a two-minute video skit with two friends bickering back and forth about negativity and not having to follow what everyone else around them is doing. The writers of the song, accounting and finance senior Kornika Degannes and special education senior Jorrey Martin, wrote their song in June just sitting around goofing off.

Degannes said, “We wrote the song together in June, just sitting together on my couch just fooling around when we wrote it.”

They took a long time to get to the actual practicing starting only three weeks before the Soca Show.

Martin said, “We started practicing about three weeks ago with the actual band and everyone else [the dancers].”

Spice and Ice had a message they wanted to tell everyone — they didn’t have to be like everyone else and that being negative was never the answer, hence the song title No Bad Vybz.

Degannes said, “We just wanted a message to be sent out there, to be positive and do what’s best not necessarily what everyone else is doing. Not what the world is doing but doing what is right.”

The judges liked their performance enough that Spice and Ice bagged first place. The criteria for judging were melody, lyrics, originality of the presentation, crowd response, props and talent. Judge Wayne Toulon is an accountant for Wichita Falls Independent School District and alumnus of the Caribbean Students Organization.

Toulon said, “As a judge, I was really impartial. I just judged based on the performances overall. The actual winners put on the best show in terms of all the areas that we were judging. It was a pretty close but we [the judges], thought they did the best job.”

Toulon was impressed with the show as a whole though.

Toulon said, “Every year the show gets better, I must say that it is pretty nice to see the Caribbean people developing their talent and showing them off to the community. I hope that next year it will be bigger and better and that we will have more people from the Wichita Falls community coming to support the show.”

2017 Caribfest Soca Show

The Elektrik Roots plays introduction music while people take their seats to begin the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
The Elektrik Roots plays introduction music while people take their seats to begin the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
The group Jel and Powa start off the first act as they sing the song Represent as their talent for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
The group Jel and Powa start off the first act as they sing the song Represent as their talent for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
Spice and Ice show off their bright white dresses and glittered back up dancers as they sing No Bad Vibes as their talent for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
Spice and Ice show off their bright white dresses and glittered back up dancers as they sing No Bad Vibes as their talent for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
The group O.K turns zombie as they dance to the song Carnival Jumbie for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
The group O.K turns zombie as they dance to the song Carnival Jumbie for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
DJYO sings Work Pan It as his talent for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
DJYO sings Work Pan It as his talent for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
The audience waves their arms in musical harmony for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
The audience waves their arms in musical harmony for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
Landa dances in her dazzled outfit to the sonf Shameh Wine for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
Landa dances in her dazzled outfit to the sonf Shameh Wine for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
Spice and Ice jump for joy as they win first place for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley
Spice and Ice jump for joy as they win first place for the 2017 Caribfest Soca Show hosted in the Sikes Lake Center. Sept. 29. Photo by Marissa Daley

2017 Caribfest Parade

Edward Collins, psychology freshman, takes a selfie at the beginning of the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, takes a selfie at the beginning of the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Participants paint themselves in metallic colors for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Participants paint themselves in metallic colors for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Shenice Walters, biology senior, dances and sings with other participants in the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Shenice Walters, biology senior, dances and sings with other participants in the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Ferdine Le Blanc, Art junior, and Rocksen Jean-Louis, winer of Mr. Caribfest 2017, show the Caribbean pride by being dressed in white and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Ferdine Le Blanc, Art junior, and Rocksen Jean-Louis, winer of Mr. Caribfest 2017, show the Caribbean pride by being dressed in white and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Okan Lafleur, mechanical engineer senior, dances during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Okan Lafleur, mechanical engineer senior, dances during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Akeem Shaw, accounting senior, runs through the Caribfest Parade hyping people up by dancing and singing the songs. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Akeem Shaw, accounting senior, runs through the Caribfest Parade hyping people up by dancing and singing the songs. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Dave Hughes, accounting senior, and Akeem Shaw, accoutning senior, start to dance together during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Dave Hughes, accounting senior, and Akeem Shaw, accoutning senior, start to dance together during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Danielle Dowe, chemistry and biology senior, J'anne Robinson, nursing junior, and Annise Aaron, English freshan, gets their photo taken during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Danielle Dowe, chemistry and biology senior, J'anne Robinson, nursing junior, and Annise Aaron, English freshan, gets their photo taken during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Lidenia Clarke, Spanish junior, shakes her chest for the camera during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Lidenia Clarke, Spanish junior, shakes her chest for the camera during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade throw water around on each other when the parade got in front of the Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade throw water around on each other when the parade got in front of the Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade look and up and pose for the drone that was filming the parade from above Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade look and up and pose for the drone that was filming the parade from above Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, looks around at all the people dancing during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, looks around at all the people dancing during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Valandra Jno Marie, management freshman, poses for the cameras during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Valandra Jno Marie, management freshman, poses for the cameras during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Caribfest Parade passing the front of the Clark Student Center on Council Drive Sept 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Caribfest Parade passing the front of the Clark Student Center on Council Drive Sept 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
A drone flies above the Caribfest Parade on Council Drive in front of Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
A drone flies above the Caribfest Parade on Council Drive in front of Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade as it came down Council Drive in front of Moffett Library on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade as it came down Council Drive in front of Moffett Library on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Edward Collins, Psychology freshman, dances to shows off his 1st runner up sash at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, Psychology freshman, dances to shows off his 1st runner up sash at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, waves the Bahama flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, waves the Bahama flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, jumps infront of Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, with her Dominica Flag to cover his Bahama Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, jumps infront of Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, with her Dominica Flag to cover his Bahama Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with the Dominca Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with the Dominca Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Girls show off their Caribbean spirit in colorful outfits and head pieces for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Girls show off their Caribbean spirit in colorful outfits and head pieces for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, shoes off her brightly feathered green and yellow outfit at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, shoes off her brightly feathered green and yellow outfit at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Okan Lafluer, mechanical engineer senior, calls to a member of the band Spice and Ice to sing the song that the DJ had playing during the Caribfest Parade because she had sung it at the Soca Show the night before. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Okan Lafluer, mechanical engineer senior, calls to a member of the band Spice and Ice to sing the song that the DJ had playing during the Caribfest Parade because she had sung it at the Soca Show the night before. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kevin lord, computer science senior, and Richard Thomas, Management information senior, show off their Grenada flags and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Kevin lord, computer science senior, and Richard Thomas, Management information senior, show off their Grenada flags and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants jump to the music in the Wichita Falls Fire Department's water hose as they continue to celebrate the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Participants jump to the music in the Wichita Falls Fire Department's water hose as they continue to celebrate the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Wichita Falls Fire Department show up to cool off the participants from their long walk around MSU campus for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Wichita Falls Fire Department show up to cool off the participants from their long walk around MSU campus for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Kinisha Morris, social work senior, walks away from the "splash zone" after getting drenched in water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribfest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kinisha Morris, social work senior, walks away from the "splash zone" after getting drenched in water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribfest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest post for a photo after being drenched with water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribefest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest post for a photo after being drenched with water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribefest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kamilah Tobin, mass communication sophomore, dances in her bright feathered outfit during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kamilah Tobin, mass communication sophomore, dances in her bright feathered outfit during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade in front of Pierce Hall on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade in front of Pierce Hall on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Jorrey Martin, special education senior , sings after the carribfest parade end in front of Pierce Hall, on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Jorrey Martin, special education senior , sings after the carribfest parade end in front of Pierce Hall, on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling