This week’s installment of Caribbean Heat is different from every feature that we previously enjoyed. Instead of focusing on just the music, our special will highlight the dance skills of one of the most popular West Indian entertainers. Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to celebrate Denise ‘Saucy Wow’ Belfon; the master of wining!
When people think of wining they sometimes imagine the stiff hip movements of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. However, the Trinidad-born Soca/Dancehall singer Saucy Wow proves that this dance artform is more than just a shake and a wiggle; it is an expression of sexuality and skill. Indeed, even after her husky voice cracks after several back to back concerts, crowds still get excited to see her perform.
Combining African dance with Trinidadian wining and even the moonwalk, Saucy Wow remains unmatched onstage. Watch her in motion below and particular attention to ‘Dance & Dingolay’ where her voice was literally gone but she left the crowd amazed:
‘Dance & Dingolay’
‘Kah Kah Lay Lay’
‘Wine & Bend Over (With Ghetto Flex)’
Now, those of you who do not understand the West Indian experience might be asking yourselves, “what did I just watch?” Yet, if you get out of your seats and attempt imitate Saucy Wow’s moves then you will develop serious respect for her skills.
Still, beyond the wining and tricks, Saucy Wow is a hugely important performer. She challenges standards of gender that limit the freedom of women in the region and denounces views that they are mere objects to be controlled. Saucy Wow has influenced a new generation of entertainers and her contributions to bridging Jamaican Dancehall music with Trinidad’s Soca are immeasurable.