Seeing red... and white in Negril

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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JUST when one thought that the Dream Weekend parties couldn't get any better, came Smirnoff Xclusive Celebrity Playground at Wavz Beach in Negril on Monday.

The red-and-white-themed party delivered.

By 6:00 pm, hundreds of excited teenagers and young adults dressed in red and white were filing their way inside the all-inclusive party. The event also attracted a large gathering of Canadian visitors, some of whom were extremely eager to learn the latest dances.

While some patrons partied to the musical selections from DJ Nicco, Coppershot, Jazzy T and Jugglerz, others hung out by the food court, bars and the lounge.

The party's host, Kardinal Offishall, pumped up the vibe even further when he took centre stage. The artiste — who is known for the hit single Dangerous, featuring Akon — had the audience's undivided attention when he and his team danced while selecting hits after hits.

Still on a high, the Smirnoff Xclusive Celebrity Playground patrons then traded their red and white outfits for a more casual look at Miami J'ouvert at the Wonderland venue.

By 11:00 pm, overly anxious patrons had started the 'war' by throwing bottles of water and drink mixes on each other while others danced. An hour later, the venue was transformed into a sea of colours as the hundreds present drenched each other with paint. With the addition of gallons of water and foam, no one was spared from the 'j'ouvert bath'.

Soon it was time for Trinidad's Kerwin Dubois performance and soca enthusiasts huddled closer to the stage. The soca singer had those present in a trance when he churned out hits like Too Real, Bacchanalist, Spoil Mehself and Monster Winer.

"I just wanted to bring the vibe and the soca element to the already energetic Dream Weekend," he stated.

Dubois, who is no stranger to the island, tied the knot at Riu two years ago. The soca singer also expressed his appreciation for reggae/dancehall music.

"I appreciate it a lot because this is the music that I grew up listening to. I am really excited about the progress of my single. The Party People Anthem, which is a collaboration with Jah Cure, King Bubba and Lil Rick. It was released for the Crop Over season and it is doing really well," he stated.




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