More fun for Beach J'ouvert
SOCA fans making the annual trek to Bacchanal Beach J'ouvert at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary, are to come prepared more.
"The entertainment package will be more compared to previous years. There'll be two singers, a live band, and five disc jocks," said Michael Ammar, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica.
"There'll be more paint, more fun, and an enchanced experience for both VIP and general patrons," he said.
According to Ammar, more bars will be placed in the general area for easier access by patrons while the VIP section will be outfitted with a premium bar, more food, a no-paint zone, a raised observeration deck, and front of stage access.
Soca's first couple Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons will be the event's headliners. The Trinidad and Tobago husband-and-wife team will be backed by the Asylum Vikings Band.
Garlin made in roads in the lucrative American market with his recent remix of his hit track Differentology. The remix is produced by hot American producers Major Lazer whose collaborations with Jamaican artistes Vybz Kartel (on Pon Di Floor), Busy Signal (Watch Out Fi Dis) and Johnny Osbourne (Jah Nuh Partial) have fared well in the United States.
Britain's Guardian newspaper hailed Differentology as "2013's essential summer jam".
Three-time Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March champion, Lyons is expected to keep patrons dancing with her high-energy performances. Her hits include Miss Behave, We Doin This Owah, De Stage Open and F.
DJ Nuphoric, DJ Bambino, Richie RAS, DJ Smoke and DJ Lee will keep patrons gyrating to the latest soca hits.
"This is a unique event. You can't go anywhere else in world and find a fun, stage show and paint party like this one," said Ammar.
— Brian Bonitto