Dancehall wins at SvD


March 19, 2016
Contributed These bacchanal babes were the hostesses who greeted patrons at Soca vs Dancehall
Contributed This guy must have felt like the man of the moment
Contributed These friends paused their dancing for a quick second to smile for the camera
Contributed Trinidad's DJ Private Ryan on the wheels-of-steel
Contributed Brethrens holding a vibe
Contributed A section of the large crowd in attendance

Dancehall walked away the winner of the musical fight at Soca vs Dancehall, held at the Mona Hockey Field, St, Andrew, last Saturday.

This event was about fusing the love for the genres of the land of wood and water and the steel pan of the twin-island republic, giving patrons the best of both.

As human nature would have it, a musical battle line was drawn by the festive crowd in a spirit of fun and enjoyment. The local genre was on home soil, and so it had the backing of the crowd.

The win was cemented by the multitude of high crowd reactions as the hits of current and not-so-recent popular dancehall tracks pelted from of the speakers.

Songs from top-flight artistes such as Popcorn, Vybz Kartel, Alkaline, victory.

However, this did not mean Soca did not win a few rounds. Soca lovers jumped, waved, wined, climbed on shoulders and danced in circles.

There was ample room in the spacious venue for hundreds of patrons.

Songs flowed easily, blended across genres seemlessly and kept the crowd moving.

The level of proficiency and dynamism reminded the crowd why Jamaican DJs Bloodline Franco, Richie RAS, Lantern MD and Trinidian counterpart, DJ Private Ryan, are among the top guns on the musical scene in Jamaica and the region.

"We're the first fete to truly blend soca and dancehall, two of the most popular genres in the Caribbean, and to use this blend as the corner stone for the event," Akil Strachan, one the event's promoters said.

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