Oscar B pledges excitement for All-Island Carnival
Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer
You'll be hearing soca music, seeing brightly coloured costumes and skimpily clad revellers prancing about and almost smelling the excitement in the air when All-Island Carnival kicks off on Saturday, January 29, in Kingston.
With 12 weeks of activities lined up, the new series is intended to create the high-energy vibe usually exhibited during the soca season, with stops in Linstead, Montego Bay, Mandeville and May Pen. Venues in St Mary, Portland, St Thomas and St Elizabeth will also get a soca stop.
All-Island Carnival promoters Tri-Star Media will be soliciting the services of some top acts to entertain the crowd. Among them is popular soca artiste Oscar B. Known for songs such as Soca Butterfly, The Dentist, Raise Yuh Hand, When Ah See Yuh, Bubble Like Soup (remix), Open Wide, Me & Meh Lady, De Water Comin' and Spreading Hands, Oscar B is extremely excited about being a part of the line-up for the event.
"I expect it to be a very exciting time, performance and experience. It will be bringing back the vibe of the old carnival time, from the days of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires," Oscar B said.
Doing collaborations with Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes during his time in Jamaica is also on the agenda, as plans to do a song with Macka Diamond are already in place. Oscar B is hoping for a few more projects with other artistes.
"What I'm bringing is the usual buzz and excitement and also I have my own band now and they'll be coming with me to add the excitement to the music," Oscar B said.
"I know Jamaicans are used to a lot of energy and a lot of excitement in the carnival time and we're going to build on that. All the new music will be out and we'll be mixing the latest soca with the songs that the people know for all these years," he said.
Loving the idea of taking soca all around Jamaica, Oscar B thinks that the concept will be brought across effectively and the series will be successful. "It's gonna be one of the most talked about experiences in Jamaica for a while and maybe the biggest event for 2011," he said.
"Taking soca all around Jamaica is a wonderful idea."
The series ends on April 29.