Soca Star Farmer Nappy Launches New Album ‘Big People Party’ in New York City
Internationally-acclaimed Trinidadian soca star Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry officially launched his new album Big People Party to a full-capacity crowd at legendary New York City concert venue Sounds Of Brazil (S.O.B.’s), on April 13, 2014. His third, full-length studio effort Big People Party was released worldwide in stores and online on February 25, 2014 from FOX FUSE, but since it was in the midst of Trinidad’s Carnival season, Farmer was only now able to journey to the media capital of the world, New York City, to promote his new album to media and fans there. Presenting a soca showcase and a free event at that, Farmer breaks new ground for soca music and the culture of Trinidad and Tobago, as he takes full aim at exposing soca to the masses and capturing his spot in the limelight, in the North American market.
The live-band performance brought down the house as fans followed Farmer word-for-word through his hit-filled catalog, which spans 30 years and counting. He ran through the gamut of tunes, from his breakout hit “Chippin’,” to crowd favorites such as “Surrender,” “You Make Me,” “Minglin’,” “Stranger,” “Flirt,” to classics like “Music Farm” from his Xtatik days, then concluded the hour-long set with his current blockbuster “Big People Party,” which placed second in Road March and third in the International Groovy Soca Monarch at this year’s Trinidad Carnival. Farmer was also joined on-stage by dancehall icon Lady G, for an impromptu rendition of their collaboration “Surrender Remix,” much to the crowd’s delight.
Farmer Nappy merchandise was on sale all night long, including various t-shirts, albums, wrist bands and posters. In addition to soca and Caribbean press, mainstream media houses also attended the showcase, including journalists from Billboard Magazine, The FADER Magazine and LargeUp.com. Video coverage was provided soca promoter, JuliansPromos.