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Destra Garcia

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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Day 41 – KI

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K.I.A major part of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival landscape, Kris Veeshal Persad, best known as KI, is one of the country’s best Chutney Soca contributors. He has won the Chutney Soca Monarch title three times- the last in 2016.

KI is the son of Trinidad’s established keyboardist, bandleader, & producer Veerendra Persad and KI himself started his career in entertainment as a keyboardist at the age of 7.

He competed and won the very first “Children of Mastana” competition and shortly thereafter migrated to Canada where he spent his formative years concentrating on his Academics and studying music.  KI continued to display his commitment and dedication to the band and was given the opportunity to be lead musician and producer for JMC 3veni. He used this experience to produce the band’s last 5 albums, and collaborated with Madmen Productions in producing the massive hit “In Front Of Meh” by Umi Marcano, formally of Machel Montano’s “HD.”

During his career in the chutney soca music arena, KI has delivered songs like, ‘Catch Meh Lovah’, ‘No More Rum Again’, ‘Same Gyal Twice,’ ‘Runaway’ and ‘Baggage’. He has toured the world and even opened for Soca star Machel Montano in Manhattan, NYC.

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Day 40 – Angela Hunte

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Angela HunteAll it took was one quick collaboration with the King of Soca, Machel Montano in 2015 for the people of her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the rest of the Caribbean, to fall in love with US based singer songwriter, Angela Hunte.

The Grammy award winner, who is internationally known for her role as contributing writer on the Alicia Keys, Jay Z single, ‘Empire State of Mind’, has certainly immersed herself in the culture of her homeland, proving that she is a Caribbean woman to the core and fully capable of representing the Diaspora with a tremendous sense of ease.

Angela Hunte’s distinct style of soca is truly enticing. Her first collaboration with Machel Montano, a song called ‘Party Done’, heard the vocal range of the Brooklyn resident in a way that immediately sold her to soca music lovers around the world. Onstage, she was the epitome of exuberance. Angela Hunte had sealed the deal and would become a committed part of the Carnival culture of T&T and those experienced around the world.

In 2016, Hunte followed up her ‘Party Done’ anthem with ‘Mon Bon Ami and ‘Like So’. Her 2017 contributions are ‘Big Drum Beat’ and ‘Make Me Go.’

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