Awesome after-party could be biggest yet

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  • Soca VS Reggae: Event organiser Renalda Bean is pictured with entertainers Faye Ann and Bunji backstage in Trinidad. They will be hitting the stage, along with reggae and dancehall artist Demarco this Friday night, for what is anticipated to be an awesome music match at Tiger Bay, St George’s.

    Soca VS Reggae: Event organiser Renalda Bean is pictured with entertainers Faye Ann and Bunji backstage in Trinidad. They will be hitting the stage, along with reggae and dancehall artist Demarco this Friday night, for what is anticipated to be an awesome music match at Tiger Bay, St George’s.


If the buzz on the streets is anything to go by, then the upcoming seventh annual Soca Versus Reggae (SVR), is gearing up to be the biggest and best yet.

Jamaican dance hall artist Demarco will be playing hits for reggae lovers throughout the night, while husband-wife team, soca artist Bunji Garlin and ‘Soca Princess’ Faye Ann Lyons will be bringing high-energy soca music to make people ‘jump and wave’.

The Cup Match After-Party will be kicking off at Tiger Bay Gardens, St George’s on Friday at 9pm.

Organiser Vejay Steede said the entertainment line-up was expected to be “simply awesome”.

“Truth be told, the organising committee has been trying to bring Bunji Garlin to SVR for a few years now,” he told The Royal Gazette.

“It has been a massive stroke of luck that the year when we finally got him is the year when he released the biggest tune of his career.

“‘Differentology’ (We Ready For De Road) was on constant rotation during this year’s May 24 Parade, and has become an international smash hit over the months since Carnival in Trinidad.

“Add to that significant good fortune the fact that Bunji is married to Soca Princess Faye Ann Lyons, and they come as a package deal, and, well, SVR VII becomes an absolutely essential experience.”

Reggae fans will also have lots to look forward to, thanks to popular entertainer Demarco, he said.

Mr Steede said the artist was “no small fish either” and had a catalogue of songs “that boasts such anthemic tunes as 2010s ‘I Love My Life’ and 2007’s ‘Fallen Soldiers’”

“There’s no reason to believe that this A-list Reggae superstar will be intimidated by any opposing artist,” he said. “Suffice it to say that there will be no shortage of hits performed at Tiger Bay Gardens on Friday night.”

Mr Steede said the format of this year’s battle would be slightly different to accommodate the popular international acts.

“There are no international DJs this time, but the party feel will be kept intact very well by the local record spinners on hand,” he explained.

“DJ Rusty G, who has developed into a top local jockey, will lead the Soca Team, while formidable home-grown sound King Jyrus will enter the fray as the Captain of the Reggae team.

“The early rounds will be handled by DJ Chubb for Soca and Prezidential Elite for Reggae, both of whom enjoy a significant local following.”

The live acts are also scheduled to close the show this year, which means the excitement will continue into the fifth round.

Mr Steede said: “In the past, round five has been the pivotal round, with each team representing themselves so well that is was difficult to determine a winner until the ultimate round.

“This year’s match is shaping up to be a veritable barnburner of a contest, with the decision expected to go right down to the wire.

“[The big question is] will Soca retain the crown by hitting a six off the last ball? Or will Reggae snatch the crown by bowling the last man out with a two-run lead?

“One thing is sure: you’ll have to be there to find out,” he added.

Party-goers with a few extra dollars to spend had the opportunity of investing in the VIP package. Organisers said such patrons would be “dazzled and amazed” by what’s on offer, including an open bar, catered cuisine, photo ops with the artists and a prize giveaway.

Those tickets have since sold out, but he said some general admission tickets, $65, are still available at Secrets, Kit N’ Caboodle and bdatix.bm.

After today, tickets will be available from promoters who will be wearing special SVR shirts at the various Cup Match activities on offer around the Island. Gates open on Friday at 8pm.

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Published Jul 31, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 30, 2013 at 6:48 pm)

Awesome after-party could be biggest yet

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