Jamaica Loves Soca
Revered by music fans all around the world for its vibrant Reggae and Dancehall culture yet Jamaica and many of its people showed an undeniable love for Soca music as evidenced during the island’s recent 2013 Carnival season.
This love was echoed at the major cooler fete experience “I Love Soca“. Held at the secluded Hope Gardens, I Love Soca sent shockwaves throughout Kingston’s Soca-loving community. As the night progressed, the laidback socializing atmosphere of this fete turned into a vibrant, flag-pumping environment as patrons partied to the sounds of DJs Selector Miles and Dei Musicale.
Promoted by Andrew Bellamy and his colleagues, the Wednesday night fete is now a fan-favourite on the JA Carnival calendar. Bellamy, a seasoned and well travelled feter, expressed his pleasure at the success of his event and was glad to be a part of a growing and flourishing Jamaica Carnival week.
Diamond Vale community, the party has earned the title of being a ‘must do’ Carnival event with eager patrons clamouring for tickets from as early as October of last year. The all inclusive experience offered a true Trini spread featuring local breakfast staples such as doubles, beef and aloo pies, bake and shark, crab and dumpling, sada and tomato choka and even some jerk chicken to spice up the menu.
Bellamy and friends also hosted the after J’ouvert breakfast party “Sunrise”.
Now in its 2nd year, the now Carnival Saturday morning ritual brought together a unique mix of local, regional and international Soca junkies and was tagged by many as the best party for the weak leading up to the Kingston Carnival Parade.
The fun-loving Sunrise patrons were treated to premium drinks and assortment of Caribbean breakfast offerings, performances by Soca star Blaxx, JW and a surprise appearance from 2013 International Soca Monarch winner Machel Montano. The breakfast party’s high profile clientele included Jamaican TV personality and former Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillips and international chart-topper Sean Paul.
It must be mentioned that the promoters of these 2 events also staged the successful Water Party in New Kingston and will continue to contribute to the year-round promotion of Soca music in Jamrock.