Soca, dancehall to meet at Bacchanal

Written by on May 26, 2016

Revellers are set to party to the eclectic mix of soca, dancehall and hip hop at tomorrow’s staging of Bacchanal Fridays at Mas Camp in St Andrew.

“Bacchanal Jamaica recognises that although carnival is soca, our patrons like the variety that comes with a show such as this. We love the fact that these musicians take an eclectic approach to their music and many, even while focusing on one type, are able to appreciate and perform the different type. We celebrate the collaboration that is taking place between soca and dancehall and encourage this on the Mas Camp stage,” said Michael Ammar III, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica — organisers of Bacchanal Fridays.

In addition, popular DJs Dr Jay, Creep of Chromatic and Dirty Dez are slated to take the Mas Camp stage.

Dr Jay’s brand is synonymous with soca and calypso on an international level. Based in Canada, Dr Jay is considered soca royalty and has done a lot to build nightlife culture there over the past 25 years. He has taken the sounds of the Caribbean worldwide and has worked with some of the genre’s biggest stars — Machel Montano, Destra, and Patrice Roberts, and has also produced hit records for Skinny Fabulous, Edwin Yearwood and Lil’ Bitts, to name a few.

Chromatic is one of the most well-known groups on Jamaica’s party scene. They are also much in demand in the United Kingdom, Miami, Belize and the Caribbean. They are well known for their innovative mixtapes including Newmatic, Best of Addi Volume 1-3 and Showtime. Their most recent tape, Chromatic Way, mixed by Shaun ‘Heavy D’ Duffus and ‘Shantonio’ Patterson boasts 91 dancehall and hip hop tracks.

Dirty Dez (Dorian Coley) was born in Queens, New York, but spent a number of years in Jamaica. Musically he was influenced by Nas, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Jay-Z, Run-DMC, Pink, Outcast, Scarface, UGK, Too Short, Janis Joplin, and a lot of the Midwest acts like Nelly and the St Lunatics. He uses this versatile background to create a unique sound that is appealing to many audiences. Started from humble beginnings, Destin is taking the world by storm with his heartfelt lyrics and realistic world views.

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