Soca music will be well-represented in Europe during the month of August, as Trinbagonian-born superstar Farmer Nappy continues his tour of the continent. He kicked off a series of appearances with a live performance at Antilliaanse Feesten – the premier Caribbean festival in the heart of Belgium. The singer and songwriter, known for songs like “Big People Party”, “Flirt” and “My House”, took to the stage, alongside his band, De Red Boyz, and Bajan singer, Marvay for what many have agreed was a successful showcase.
Thirty-five years running, the Antilliaanse Festeen has been known to draw massive crowds. This year marked Farmer’s fourth performance at the event. Other Caribbean entertainers included, Jamaican Reggae Star Shaggy; Zouk legends Kassav from Guadeloupe; Prince of Reggaeton, J Alvarez, and the godfather of the Dominican meringue, Wilfrido Vargas. Farmer and Marvay were however the only Soca representatives at this year’s event.
“It’s my fourth time performing at Antilliaanse Feesten, so it’s a great feeling to not only represent Trinidad & Tobago, but our Caribbean culture and people as a whole.”- Farmer Nappy.
Having had the chance to perform with Machel Montano at the same festival over the years, Nappy was thrilled about being invited once again to perform – this time with his music band, De Red Boyz and Marvay. “I’ve always had great chemistry with Mikey (Hulsmeier, drummer) Scott (Galt, guitarist), and (Damian) Marvay, so being on the road together as a team is a blessing. Nothing beats the live sound of instruments on a big stage, so I feel honoured to bring a piece of “My House” to Europe. We definitely came to give Belgium and the rest of the world a weekend of Soca to remember.”
Antilliaanse Festeen took place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August 2017. Farmer closed the concert on both nights. Now, together with Marvay and De Red Boyz band, the Groovy soca heavyweight will make pits stops in Germany, The Netherlands, and finally complete their European tour in London, England.