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Archived: Rags and Flags? No… Cell Phones. But, Destra Let’s ‘Em Have It!

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The feting culture has made a total 360 degree turn. We’ve gone from kicking up dust, sweating and truly palancin’, to dressing up with heels and clutches, wearing Gucci loafers and standing up front with cell phones like reporters, in carnival fetes. Yes. That’s where we’ve reached!

One carnival mainstay- the Queen of Bacchanal isn’t having it though. Much like Fay Ann Lyons has repeatedly called for over the years, Destra is today speaking out on the new-age vibe killer- the cell phone abomination in fetes. The “Soca Family” singer performed at the  Eye Slam concert event on Wednesday night in Chaguanas and while she said she had a great time being there, she seemed less than thrilled about the fact that there were so many cell phones projected in the air, recording her.

“Eye Slam Posse, allyuh real get on! Fete was ram but yuh see alluyuh and these cell phones in de fete… (squinted eye emoji)… You can only get the real soca experience if yuh let it all go! Trust me! But still…. great vibes.”

One week prior, soca artist, Voice- the reigning International Soca Monarch King, hosted his birthday event in Chagaramas, Trinidad. A photo emerged of his performance and what else was there to see, but a sea of mobile phones recording his every move. There has been tremendous mumbling about the feting culture shift, over the years. From photographers making it their business to get the right shot of patrons who seemingly go to fetes only for that purpose, to the selfie scourge while big artistes are killing themselves on stage to get patrons to move and leave with a lasting memory, the feting culture shift is real.

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Nailah Blackman Touches Down in Switzerland. Finds A Weed Machine!

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She’s seen a weed vending machine so far and she seems to have been pretty blown away by that. Nailah Blackman’s in Switzerland. The soca beauty is there for the Swiss Soca Festival, something that’s pretty huge for this fresh, young entertainer.

Blackman, who unleashed a new EP last month called ‘The Reel’, has been delivering consistently over the past two years. Vocal strength and a visually appealing package, makes her an artiste to watch in the Caribbean music industry- an artiste who, by all accounts, has the best potential to make it onto the international music circuit.

Nailah in Switzerland.

In a near emotional rant on her Instagram story, Blackman said she is extremely happy. “All my life I always wanted to travel and do music and I am here for the Soca Swiss Festival. This is just amazing to me!” she said, thanking God for the opportunity. “God is good,” she said.

Nailah told her fans that she had always wanted to visit Europe. She said a lot of the artistes she’d listened to growing up, were European. “The whole vibe, the whole gloomy vibe, it’s a definite vibe. It’s definitely an emotion that I felt a lot in my childhood and I get why people would’ve made songs like they made in this kind of weather- it’s sort of gloomy so it’s nice to have soca here… bring a different side, yuh know!”

Check out Nailah’s reaction to the Weed Vending machine find, in Switzerland.

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Kees Wants Us All to Celebrate Calypso. New Album Coming This Month.

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Kes the band has been busy. An entire album is being released to fans of Soca and Calypso music this month. In an interview on RED96.7FM on Thursday, Kees Dieffenthaller- lead singer of the band, said the album, “We Home” would be dropping on August 28th. He also urged the people of Trinidad and Tobago to love up Calypso music.

The upcoming album is the band’s first live studio album and according to a social media post on the band’s page, it was born out of the present global situation. The COVID-19 pandemic, still a very present threat, Kees said the period has given many people the time to reconnect with loved ones, take things slow, recharge, innovate and be at home.

The album is described as one that delivers to fans, the energy that’s often shared by the band when they’re on stage. “We miss the energy we get from you when we’re on stage and wanted to share the vibes we feel when we’re performing. We hope this album captures that feeling and gives us all something to look forward to when we could jam once more. We can’t wait for you to hear it,” said the social media post. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Speaking toward the end of the radio interview on Thursday, Kees embraced the applause offered for the collaborative single done with Jimmy October- a single called, “Magic”. He took that opportunity to call on the people of Trinidad and Tobago to celebrate calypso music which, he reminded the world, many other genres were bred from.

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