Jamaica till she old and grey

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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Trinidadian soca songstress Patrice Roberts had no problem jump-starting the Jamaican 2017 Carnival season as the headliner of the Bacchanal new year fete and band launch at Mas Camp, St Andrew, on Saturday.

"It was great to perform in front of the Jamaican crowd," she told the Jamaica Observer.

The veteran has been coming to Jamaica several years now and showed her confidence with a rousing 30-minute set.

"I’m always warned (by my fellow artists) that Jamaicans can be a bit lukewarm to soca, but I’ve found that not to be true since I’ve been here," Roberts said.

By the time she performed her second song Ah Feeling Mehself, she had the crowd singing along and cheering the opening chords of each of her songs. Her performance ran the gamut of new 2017 material, like Big Girl Now, to her more popular hits
Old & Grey and A Little Wine. For added extra she did a few covers such as JW’s
Palance before bringing things to an end.

"Jamaica now has the same vibe as Trini carnival," she said.

Roberts heads back home to prepare for carnival. When questioned about 2017, she noted that the electronic dance music (EDM) influence that launched songs like Bunji Garlin’s Differentology into the wider musical sphere has been replaced with a more traditional soca sound.

"Soca this year has been moving back to the authentic soca, using more afrobeats," she explained.

She cited Voice’s Far From Finished and Orlando Octave’s Single as ones to watch for 2017.

— Rory Daley

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