One of the most prolific female voices in Soca belongs to the Queen of Bacchanal as she’s dubbed herself. Soca star, Destra Garcia is a songbird whose humble lifestyle beginnings in the rigid Laventille, Trinidad community, has led to what some may say is great entitlement, traveling the world with Soca in her pocket and a constant smile on her face.
Destra first catapulted to countrywide acclamation when in 1999 she collaborated with Adrian Hackshaw – best known as Third Bass, on a single called, “Ah Have A Man Already.” She would later move on to pursue a solo career in the Soca business before becoming part and parcel of the band, Atlantik in 2002. Since that time, Garcia has amassed a massive following, eventually, claiming ownership of the band and renaming it Bacchanal. Her music has transcended Caribbean status- being exemplary of what the sound of the islands should be. From Soca to pop and RnB, Calypso and even a tinge of dancehall here and there, Garcia’s versatility speaks volumes. The mother of one has a catalogue of hits that is possibly incomparable to anyone else in the Soca business, other than her male counterpart, Machel Montano.
From “Tremble It” to “Carnival” featuring Montano, “Whe Yuh Want”, “Choo Choo”, “Come Beta” with Shurwayne Winchester, “The Hammer Revisted” featuring David Rudder, and “Free It Up” with Jamaican dancehall heavyweight, Sean Paul, Garcia has stood firmly at a plateau that only few female soca artistes have been able to reach. Between the years 2003 and 2008, Destra has taken home the COTT award for Female Songwriter of the Year consistently, proving that she is as much a great songwriter as she is a stage performer.
Constantly keeping the buzz high, the voluptuous Caribbean beauty knows that image is everything. She is constantly changing up her look and has even teamed up with local designers like Peter Elias and Meiling to bring fans a taste a complete package of sensuality. In 2017, Destra is likely to continue her fiery streak with songs such as ‘Waistline Killer”, “Technically” with Farmer Nappy and “Run Road” already recorded and pleasing Soca lovers world over.
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