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Friday, January 19, 2018
The Big Bean Riddim
takes precedence as
soca steers outside of T&T
ou can’t have Carnival without j’ouvert, but
you can have j’ouvert on your own terms.
This is what Dutty Jammers is offering pre-
The band, which is being put on by the
“House of Siete” is the brainchild of Jemelia Nekeisha
Lewis and Gleeson Job.
Being an avid j’ouvert player, Lewis became disen-
chanted by the uncontrolled crowds and occasional
violence that can occur during the celebrations.
Being aware that many other people and women in
particualar avoid j’ouvert for this same reason, Lewis
decided to partner with Job to provide an alternative.
With women often being the face of Carnival and
many times, men managing the operations, this
band was conceptualised with a woman’s input for
The aim is to give masqueraders a chance to enjoy
the same j’ouvert experience, but in a much more
safe and controlled environment.
Happening aboard the Habour Master, the Dutty
Jammerz band will have all the trimmings of any
other band, including costumes, powder, paint, great
music and of course breakfast.
However, instead of running after a moving vehicle
for drinks, persons can bring their coolers.
Of course, there will be paint & water once the ves-
sel docks and the after party begins.
There will jam on the sea and jam on the land.
Package prices are $375.00, $400.00 and $450.00
. For more details visit Dutty Jammerz on Facebook.
The aim is to give
masqueraders a chance to enjoy
the same j’ouvert experience,
but in a much more safe and
he Soca music catalogue’s splitting at the
seams. There’ve been a number of power-
ful music releases for the upcoming Carni-
val 2018 season in Trinidad and Tobago and
a new ‘riddim,’ which features the likes of
Soca veterans Benjai, Tallpree and Ricki Jai, is now
being unleashed for the world to enjoy.
With a no holds barred approach to the business of
Soca and carnival, the Big Bean riddim is delivered at
a time considered by many, as the peak period of the
The mastermind behind the Project is Ziah who is
a writer, artist, producer and social activist. He and
his team are of the firm belief that Soca is no longer
seasonal and does not solely belong to Trinidad and
Tobago. He is adamant that the genre can be enjoyed
year round and marketed at multiple destinations,
even outside of the Caribbean.
Riding the riddim with ease is Benjai whose sin-
gle,“Nah Fraid Dem” may very well be his testimony
to all that he’s come up against in his life. Benjai has
been relatively quiet in recent time, but it is antici-
pated that this song will penetrate the soca circuit,
leading to his arousal in the days ahead.
The riddim was produced collaboratively by New
York based producer, Ziah and Big As Life Produc-
tions. Trinidad and Tobago’s Denise Belfon and Tall-
pree, who is Grenada’s cultural ambassador, teamed
up on the track, “Wine Pon It”, while multiple time
Chutney Soca Monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago,
Rikki Jai has unleashed, “Drink De Most Rum.” The
riddim is rounded up by a young artiste by the name
of Julius who comes hard with a track called, “Good
Oh” and it’s further strengthened by a single called,
“Down Dey” sung by comedic Instagram sensation,
Not particularly categorized as a Groovy Soca rid-
dim, the music offered has the potential to engage
fans from around the world. Team member, Amor
Ben believes the riddim offers multicultural appeal,
and with a mindset that remains committed to show-
ing that the Caribbean offers a smorgasbord of cul-
tural diversity, the team of musical minds, is focused
on getting the music out there.
Songwriters from across the hemisphere are said to
have converged to deliver these amazing singles. “We
have songwriters and producers from the US, Gre-
nada, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia,”
said Ben, noting that it took about a month to get it
all accomplished. “This riddim is simply a taste of just
what Soca music has evolved to become. It demon-
strates the fact that the genre is no longer owned by
one island but rather, shared among the islands of the
Caribbean and because of globalization, we can even
say, the United States, Europe and beyond.”
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