Disc jock Kurt 'The Party Animal' Riley continues to whet the appetites of soca music enthusiasts, not only locally but across the Caribbean.
Riley, an in-demand jock on FAME FM, has consistently brought soca vibrations across the Jamaican airwaves.
His knack for unearthing the latest and most popular soca treats have endeared him to fans from around the world.
Riley is solidly booked this weekend for a number of soca events. On Friday, March 8, he unleashed his musical mastery at Fantastic Fridays, held at the Mas Camp. That same night he continued his musical assault at Fiction nightclub. On Saturday March 9, his next stop was Trelawny Carnival. He was also in action at BritJam in Montego Bay on Sunday, before ending the weekend at the Bikini Fest event at Cable Beach Hut in Bull Bay, St Andrew.
Riley's friends from the soca world have endorsed his support of the music.
Music Is Universal
According to Kees Dieffenthaller, lead singer of Trinidadian soca group KES the Band, "Music is universal. We Caribbean people have so much more in common than different. So it's a blessing when Kurt Riley can appreciate calypso and soca, just as a Trinidadian, Lucian, and Bajan loves dancehall and reggae. Caribbean people need to all unite. We are a strong people and have the power to change the world with our lifestyle and music. We are all connected, so big up to Kurt Riley who sees that the future is secure with unity. Peace and Love!"
Another soca star, Bunji Garlin, was highly appreciative of Riley's support to soca.
"It is a statement within itself. It is a testimony that should not be taken for granted, because it not only says something beyond stigma that DJs from Jamaica are only dedicated to their culture's backbone, but it also says to the soca audience that we have a music that can appeal to other representatives of other genres.
Thankful for Kurt
I have known Kurt for quite some time now and I never really asked him what drew him to play soca. All I know is that I am thankful for him. Almost every territory we go where soca is not the mainstay we encounter a 'Kurt Riley'. His contribution is something that was very much needed as it helped in the cultural exchange between T&T and Jamaica. I also notice the reverence in which artistes from Jamaica talk about him whenever we cross paths at an international show, or in transit, as the case may be and that respect he has also helped in having the Jamaican public see soca in a different light."
Barbados soca music producer and DJ, Peter Coppin, said, "Kurt Riley plays an integral role in the development of Caribbean music and, as a producer and DJ from Barbados, we see Kurt as a big part in the evolution of soca music. Kurt continues and represents with exceptional passion and, talentwise, he is the best DJ that I know, period! From selection to versatility and talent I have seen him on many occasions mash up a party with ease."
Fans can follow Riley on twitter @djkurtriley; on Instagram @djkurtriley; and www.facebook.com/rileykurt.