Destra leads 'Dutty Mas' Fête on April 5
The penultimate fête for Bacchanal Jamaica's 2013 Le Masquerade season is the St Andrew-based J'Ouvert fête and road march, set to take place this Friday, April 5, starting at 10 p.m., at Mas Camp.
The 'dutty mas' fête, which traditionally proceeds the 'pretty mas' road march on Carnival Sunday, and the only one of its kind in Jamaica, will feature a live performance from Trinidad's 'Queen of Bacchanal', Destra Garcia.
The paint fest and road march will begin at Mas Camp on Arthur Wint Drive and will turn westerly on Mountain View avenue and right on to Old Hope Road. Revellers will follow Old Hope Road, passing Campion College, turn right on Munroe Road, moving west on to Old Hope Road.
From there, revellers will travel down Old Hope Road, making a west turn on Arthur Wint Drive, ending the festivities at Mas Camp.
Before the action on the road, Trinidad's Destra Garcia will bring her eclectic style, fashion and flair to Mas Camp with what is expected to be a high-energy performance of her musical catalogue, spanning more than 10 years.
Garcia has worked hard to become the Caribbean's most requested female soca artiste. She has become known for her top-quality songs and a vocal range that has been perfected since she was 10.
Garcia has a gospel background and developed her soca persona by entering various soca and calypso competitions, achieving many successes along the way, including winning the Junior Calypso Monarch title at 14 and 15.
In 1999, the vocal talent was noticed by Roy Cape after the performance of her mega-hit, Ah Have a Man Already. This encounter led her to become the first female lead of Cape's band, the Roy Cape All Stars.
Churning out hits that included Tremble It, Garcia stepped away from the band briefly to pursue a solo career, but rejoined the band scene in 2002 as the lead singer for Atlantik. There, her catalogue grew to include Fly, Bonnie & Clyde and I Dare You.
Soca Monarch Competition
In 2003, her duet and virtual carnival anthem, It's Carnival, with fellow Trinidadian artiste Machel Montano, was released on her debut album Red, White & Black, and placed second in the Trinidad/International Soca Monarch Competition that year.
Year after year, Destra, as she is known, has engaged her audience with more than five albums and many hits including Feel Like Wukkin and Cool it Down, as well as this season's female-anthem tease, Call My Name.
Destra is no stranger to Jamaican shores and shares her excitement for her upcoming performance, saying, "I never get tired of coming to Jamaica. We as Caribbean people have an undeniable rhythm and energy that you can almost touch. When I perform here, I just feed off of it and my performances are always over-the-top as a result. I'm really looking forward to being on the Bacchanal Jamaica stage again because this is not just a performance, but time spent with family."
Bacchanal J'Ouvert fans can join the revelry, paint and soca madness for $2,000 presold for general admission with presold all-inclusive VIP tickets available for $4,000.
Tickets may be purchased at Mas Camp, Ammar's, Xtra's Upper Manor Park Plaza and MegaMart stores on Waterloo Road and in Portmore.
General and VIP tickets will also be available at the gate for $2,500 and $4,500, respectively.
Musical stylings for the fête will be delivered by DJs Private Ryan and Smoke. Joining them will be Trinidad's DJ Duchess Alicia, who delivered her own brand of juggling skills at one of this season's past Fantastic Fridays' fêtes.
With a one-day break in between, the 2013 Le Masquerade season concludes with the 'pretty mas' Road March and costume display on Sunday, April 7, through the streets of Kingston.