KINGSTON, Jamaica -Trinidadian soca artiste Patrice Roberts was the headliner of Bacchanal 2017 New Year fete and band launch at at Mas Camp, St Andrew, on Saturday.
Her 30-minute performance ran the gamut of new 2017 material, like Big Girl Now, to her more popular hits such asOld & Grey and A Little Wine.
Commenting on the carnival music in Jamaica, she said “Jamaica now has the same vibe as Trini carnival.”
Roberts returns to Trinidad to prepare for carnival. When asked about this year’s music,, she said that the electronic dance music (EDM) influence that launched songs like Bunji Garlin’s Differentology into the wider musical sphere has been replaced with a more traditional soca sound.
“Soca this year has been moving back to the authentic soca,, using more afrobeats,” she explained.
She cited Voice’s Far From Finished and Orlando Octave’s Single as ones to watch for 2017.
The 2017 Bacchanal season will run for the usual eight weekends, beginning March 3 and ending April 23.