Jamaica’s finest made their way to New York city’s Labour Day festivities this year, among them, one of the best female acts to hit the scene in recent time, Ms. Shenseea- the woman whose voice and accent just cannot be missed. The Jamaican artiste recently teamed up with Trinidad and Tobago’s Nailah Blackman on a track called, “Baddish”. This past weekend however, she was in New York and in her company were a few of Jamaica’s finest fellows.
This year’s West Indian Day Parade saw an outpouring of Caribbean acts. Hot97FM’s “Pon De Soca and Reggae Tip” excited many days prior to the actual festivities along the Eastern Parkway. Artistes like Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Kranium, Charly Black, Kevin Little, Rupee, Bunji Garlin and Tifa, were all a part of that event on September 1st. Of course, Bunji’s Apple Store appearance and Soca discussion was next on the agenda- this as the Viking heavily promoted it on his social media platforms, ensuring that the crowds came… and that they did.
Barbados’ Rupee held his birthday bash during the pre Labor Day enjoyment, bringing out fans and supporters of Soca to the Resorts World Casino in New York on Sunday. Kees, Fay Ann, Bunji, Road March King of T&T MX Prime, Kerwin Du Bois, Lyrikal, Skinny Fabulous, Teddyson John, Biggie Irie, Rayzor and Leonce of NYC’s Request Band, Ricardo Drue and even Machel Montano, were a part of it, among others. Rupee labeled the event, Tipsy- the name of his 2017 hit single that remains a consistent part of the music lineup on most Caribbean frequencies.
The Jamaican influence was however felt at other venues and when it came to Labour Day, artistes like Charly Black, Sean Paul and Shenseea were spotted hanging out and having a great time. T&T’s
Shurwayne Winchester and Terri Lyons were a part of the action on the streets of Brooklyn as well. Winchester mounted a truck and he and Lyons were photographed in the streets, during the excitement.
There have, so far, been no reports of violence related to the festival on the weekend. This year’s J’ouvert celebration kicked off at 6am, much to the disappointment of some, but by all accounts, the fun went on without hindrance.