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Issue 124 • Friday, January 24, 2014
The producers and hosts of CNC3's Front Row
Carnival series promise that it will be the best
seat for the 2014 season.
The show features Carnival coverage from,
the hottest fetes, latest fashion trends,
artistes and airs every Thursday night at .
The main hosts are @JuneNeen and
@nuphoricmusic with supporting hosts @Mr-
Rawkins doing the vintage music segment
and @fizzle_fizzle doing the WTF---Where's
the Fashion segment. Each host brings
something different to the show: @June-
Neen is always on 'random shuffle',
@nuphoricmusic, half of the Nuphoric DJ duo,
brings a unique perspective on parties and
artistes, @MrRawkins' wide knowledge of
local music will be shared and @fizzle_fizzle
keeps his eye out for fete fashion.
"My dad only buys local records and grow-
ing up I would listen to them. I have always
been interested in old school local music and
wanted to learn more about music from that
period," said @MrRawkins.
"I'm going to get more personal with the
artistes in terms of style and health values.
I'll be looking for the sexiest and best
dressed rolly polly. I'm also going to be fea-
turing guys who have #Swass ," said
Metro sat down with these fun and ener-
getic hosts to get their Carnival memories:
MM: What's your best
and worst Carnival memory?
@JuneNeen: Tribe Carnival 2010 crossing
the stage to Advantage was a good time for
me. The worst experience would definitely be
in 2011 while crossing the stage in a tube top
and a guy comes out of nowhere and jumps
on me, pulling my entire top down leaving the
girls bare for the world to see.
@fizzle_fizzle: Best Carnival memory would
definitely be on the road with Fantasy in 2011.
At the time I was moving with a group of
ladies who knew how to have a good time!
MM: When was the
first time you played mas?
@nuphoricmusic: The first time I played
mas was in 2008 and it was a horrible expe-
rience. Got food poisoning and that was it.
The following year was bad too. Was real
doing my P90X workout then just so got sick
on Carnival Friday and end up in West Shore
Hospital, and after all my workouts and beef-
ing up I lost ten pounds.
MM: Do you think you
can live in a Carnival free country?
@MrRawkins: No, I don't think so, I just
might hurt someone. I'm not too interested
in the pretty mas though.
MM: Did you play ole
mas in primary school?
@JuneNeen: I actually played a Dame Lor-
raine in primary school.
MM: Do you think you've wined with a va-
grant in a Jouvert band?
@JuneNeen: Actually I do believe I have.
I've playing J'ouvert since I was 13 so there is
a high possibility I've wined with a vagarant.
But the trick to making sure that the person
isn't a vagrant is to look at their feet, that al-
ways gives it away.
MM: What is your strategy
when playing a fete?
@nuphoricmusic: We gauge what's trend-
ing from the radio and 51 degrees (Nuphoric
is the house DJ). Then it's a transfer of en-
ergy basically, if you see a guy on a stage
walking in slow mo chances are there'll be no
hype. But when there's energy on stage
there's going to be energy in the crowd. We
also have to mindful of not playing a set that
the previous DJ did.
MM: Does Kerwin Dubois'
Too Real make you randy?
@nuphoricmusic: Yes, yes, yes
@MrRawkins: Yes again
@fizzle_fizzle: Not neccesarily but if it
works for her, it'll work for me.
Catch Front Row every
Thursday night on CNC3
It was approximately four years ago when
WOW Events co-founder, Adrian Scoon, re-
alised that there was an available space
newly opened up within the Carnival season.
He excitedly ran to meet with his friends
and business partners Stuart Gillette and
WOW event co-founders, Joe Tannous and
Ershad Mustapha, ready to create an event
that would fill that void. Over a generous
helping of KFC, the two friends brainstormed
and Soaka was born.
"As soon as we came up with the name,
we knew immediately that it would be some-
thing amazing," Scoon said. Now in its fourth
year the event has grown in size and popu-
larity to an extent that has almost become
ridiculous. How ridiculous you may ask? Just
browse a few pages on Facebook and you
will see hilarious posts auctioning off houses
in Valsayn, slightly used vehicles, land and
other miscellaneous fare, all for the price of
ONE Soaka ticket! Or maybe they are dead
serious. One individual is petitioning for a
Playstation 4 for his ticket.
When asked if he envisioned this type of
growth and fervor surrounding the event,
Scoon matter-of-factly replied, "Yes, we al-
ways did. It has been the best party in Car-
nival for the past three years." There is no
doubt however, that last years' installment
had an enormous effect on its current pop-
ularity. For those of you that do not by now,
last year's Soaka was the setting for Machel
Montano's prolific Fog video. The video was an
instant hit and sent the event into the strato-
Even Scoon admits that even though they
were always confident in what the event was,
they did not expect the surge that the collabo-
ration with Machel generated for this year. As
evidence of this, during my talk with Scoon, his
phone rings constantly, and the only response
he has to these many calls is the same: "Sorry,
we're completely sold out." As he further ex-
plains, the attendance of Soaka is a fantastic
mix of people representing a united country
celebrating an amazing festival together. It is
for this reason that Scoon expressed great re-
gret at not being able to accommodate the
extra demand for tickets.
Soaka this year promises to be no different
from previous editions, with all the elements
that party goers have become accustomed to
from this event. Water, powder, beautiful peo-
ple and amazing performances from Kerwin
DuBois, Bunji Garlin and, of course, Machel, are
all on the cards again.
And if anyone wants to fly me to Europe for
the summer, perhaps I may be able to furnish
them with a ticket for this greatly anticipated
Queen's Royal College goes ROYAL
To those of you know that are feters to your
heart, you should be familiar with one of the
major school all-inclusive fetes that has been a
staple on the calendar for many a Carnival sea-
son. Queen's Royal College's Outta De Blue all-
inclusive was a permanent fixture for many, until
its hiatus last year. While sitting with school
principal David Simon, he explained that the rea-
son for the break in tradition last year was due
to many reasons including falling profitability, a
lack of changing with the times and failing to
maintain a dynamic presence amidst the grow-
"We decided to sit out last year because we
knew we would suffer if we went into such a
tight Carnival season, so it was an opportunity
to re-evaluate and return stronger," he said.
This year there has been some considerable
and significant changes, beginning with the
event management team which was completely
revamped and now comprises a combination of
the college administration itself, the Parent
Teachers Association as well as the Old Boys'
Association. The most visible change thus far of
course has to be the brand of the event which
has been transformed from Outta De Blue to
QRC Fete Royal. Simon explains that: "This was
most necessary to drive the idea of 'new' and
'change'. We had no choice but to change the
So what can we expect at a "Royal" fete
this year? A new fete means new elements.
Big screens strategically placed within the
venue, stage relocation, a makeover area
dedicated to the female patrons, and an en-
tire sober room, complete with coffee, teas,
water, lounge chairs and more courtesy Ar-
rive Alive. This is in addition to the food,
which is what many look forward to at an all-
inclusive fete. This year patrons will be
treated to whole roasted suckling pig, Thai
and Mexican cuisine in addition to both local
and authentic Indian fare. That is just a small
taste of what will be provided to the fans at
The entertainment also boasts some new
additions with this being the first time that
Bunji Garlin and full Asylum Vikings band will
be gracing the QRC stage. They will be joined
on the roster by the dynamic Dil-E-Nadan as
well as the ever popular Kes the Band. This is
also the first time that these three bands have
been together at a QRC fete. As per usual, pro-
ceeds of this event not only go to fundraising
toward the school which this year includes a re-
building of their computer lab, but also goes to-
ward other charitable organisations such as
Rainbow House and Grand Riviere Anglican
"Queen's Royal College has always main-
tained giving back to organisations that have
made a difference to the college and the wider
community," Simon said.
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