“Gimme that good reggae music.” Seems like everywhere you turn in Trinidad these days, that’s the cry. There’s a sudden re-emergence of the genre that gave rise to phenomenal acts like Jamaica’s Richie Spice, Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Cocoa Tea, Determine, Anthony B, Jah Cure and countless others on that island and then of course, acts like Marlon Asher, Jamelody, Isasha and Million Voice, King David and the many other local reggae acts who erupted onto the scene a few years ago in T&T.
On Sunday, ETCETERABUZZ was privy to the first Reggae Sunday on the Avenue, hosted at Coco Lounge on the strip that has become the hottest spot in Trinidad and Tobago in recent years. In the past couple of weeks however, with a number of recreational bars and lounges being forced to shut their doors as a result of legal matters, the Avenue had been relatively quiet. Last night things seemed a little different however. Reggae on The Avenue – now a Sunday night feature on the Trini event calendar launched to a nice enough crowd who heard styles from reggae crooners of the past and present. Amid the circle of patrons seen on the dance floor were ‘Ganja Farmer’ singer, Marlon Asher who recently returned to local shores from shows abroad, Isasha, King David and even Soca and calypso artiste, Chucky- who we spotted in the company of a pretty little lady.
The new Sunday hot spot is gearing up to re-create an ambiance that many have missed and according to organisers, a number of reggae acts will make appearances in the weeks ahead. While there wasn’t a massive outpouring on launch night, everyone who made it out was seen dancing and truly enjoying the ‘reggaematical’ vibes. Radio presenter and brother to reggae artistes, Isasha and Million Voice- Ringo Star sent the crowd wild with excitement as together with DJ Junior out of the Delegate Sounds, they took patrons on a journey down memory lane with reggae love rockers, and brought them back to today with some dancehall favorites. The night was however a predominantly reggae filled occasion.
The weekend ahead is likely to be an attractive one for reggae lovers. A concert dubbed, Reggae on the Bay, being held at the O2 Park in Chaguaramas will welcome Cocoa Tea, Beres Hammond and Taurus Riley. That’s a big one! The show however kicks off in the early hours of the afternoon and ends by midnight so Reggae on the Avenue is likely to be the best possible after party option on Sunday!
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