Trinidad’s Destra dominates Jamaica’s “Bacchanal J’ouvert”

After an intense week of wining and jamming from sunshine to moonlight, anticipation was high for the final stage show event on the 2013 Bacchanal Jamaica Calender, “Bacchanal J’ouvert“.

Paint-ready; this J'ouvert jammer gathers sustainance before the paint

Paint-ready; this J’ouvert jammer gathers sustainance before the paint

The famous Mas Camp at the Kingston National Stadium was in full effect this year.
In addition to a general partying area, the J’ouvert fete also boasted an all-inclusive VIP section, which contrary to some views was no uptown, sitdown section. In fact, the VIP area was filled with hardcore Soca lovers who held nothing back as it pertained to jumping, waving rags and delivering the high quality “winery” that goes hand in hand with Bacchanal Jamaica events.

Bacchanal Jamaica's patrons have fun

Bacchanal Jamaica’s patrons have fun

The all out festivity and positive release which is associated with Carnival was most evident when Ms. Bacchanal herself, Destra Garcia backed by her band took to the stage to accentuate the J’ouvert excitement.

Destra sent the Mas Camp crowd into a frenzy singing her famous hit song aptly titled “Bacchanal“.

Destra Garcia turns heads at Bacchanal Jouvert 2013

Destra Garcia turns heads at Bacchanal Jouvert 2013

The capacity crowd went crazy for Destra’s the string of hits. Patrons were heard singing along word for word to almost everyone of her songs which included “Call My Name”, “Max it Up”, “Bonnie and Clyde”, “Cool It” and “It’s Carnival“.

Destra who took many moments to challenge male patrons’ wining skills was well received by the Mas Camp Socaphiles. The set was full of energy, complete with high energy and a surprise guest appearance by Soca artiste Supa Jigga TC.

The paint comes out and the crowd goes crazy

The paint comes out and the crowd goes crazy

After the performance the whole mood of the fete shifted into high gear as everyone in attendance seemed to have reverted to the dutty vibes of Beach J’ouvert as the yearning to get covered with paint again was quite evident. That initial bucket of white paint became a highly desired commodity much like a cold Red Stripe in a smouldering desert.

Some call it confusion, others refer to it simply as drama, the Jamaicans even call it Passa Passa, but for Carnival addicts worldwide the word Bacchanal means celebration, a necessary evil in these serious times and a positive break in the monotony of life.

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