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Xaymaca takes soca on the sea

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Some of the Xaymaca Cooler cruisers enjoying Saturday's party.
The banner on the DJ console leaves no doubt about which outfit was sailing on Saturday night.
Usain Bolt in the Xaymaca house.
The upper and lower levels of the party boat are filled with revellers.
A lady's eyes meet the camera.
The party boat for Saturday's Xaymaca Cooler Cruise, which sailed from downtown Kingston.

With a creatively decorated ship and consistent high-energy music, Saturday's Xaymaca Cooler Cruise pulled out hundreds of patrons to all three floors of the Treasure Queen ship, docked at the waterfront, downtown Kingston.

From as early as 5 p.m., patrons were out carrying their coolers with liquor, while the DJ whipped them up with some fresh soca songs. It took some amount of persuasion from the organisers to get patrons to evenly spread out on all floors, as everybody seemed to prefer the upper deck. However, they soon realised that the atmosphere was equally good on all three floors.

And when the ship set sail a few minutes after 7 p.m., there was no holding back. The DJs provided some of the best soca music, drawing for Bunji Garlin, Destra and Machel Montano, among others. With cups out and hips moving, the crowd danced to every beat, while others captured the spectacle on their cell phones.

DJ Richie Ras dabbled in different genres to spice up his set. And even when he went for pop music, heavy metal and hip hop, never once did he lose the attention of the audience, which rewarded his selections with roaring cheers.

The seasoned selector climbed quickly through the years, delivering some of the best soca hits like Palance and Guh Dung.

The event concluded at 10 p.m., by which time many were more than exhausted from the hardcore and consistent high-energy entertainment. When the ship returned to the boarding station, some patrons were intent on dancing until the final song was played, even as others made their way to shore.