Destra performs sweet, sassy mix
Songstress Destra Garcia has said that this year she is determined to once again become the number one female soca artiste. The Destra & D Band lead vocalist made this declaration on Sunday following her performance at the University of the West Indies’ annual all-inclusive fete at the school’s St Augustine campus. Garcia, looking her leanest in years, took the stage at approximately 3.45 pm clad in a silver top with “booty shorts” and knee-high boots to match.
Delivering an hour-long performance, which was both sensual and energetic, she kept the crowd thoroughly entertained, starting off with her 2009 offerings Hot, Sassiness, Wine It and Bacchanal before dedicating a rendition of American R&B star Beyonce’s popular release—Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)—to the females in attendance. She then wrapped up the set with her classics What yuh want and Bonnie & Clyde. When asked about her plans and preparations for C2K9, Destra said: “At one time they called me the sexiest woman in soca and I miss that so I’ve been working hard in the gym.
“They also called me the queen of soca. I want that title back, too, so this year I’m really coming to represent. I have a lot of ammunition and it will be just one woman running the show.” With the midday sun beaming down, the well-supported event got under way promptly at noon, with the house DJs playing popular tunes not only from 2009, but also from years past, as patrons made their way to the various cocktail lounges, bars and food courts located throughout the venue. Everything from wine and frozen margaritas to scotch and beer was available for the drinkers, while those hoping to grab a bite must have been spoiled for choice with bake and shark, curried goat, doubles, roti and Chinese food all on the menu. There was even a Haggen-Dazs Ice Cream booth for anyone in the mood for some dessert after their meal.
Prior to Destra and D Band, JMC 3veni, with lead singers Rita Jones and Nishard Mayroo, kicked off the live performances at 2 pm, doing a commendable job for the hour they were allotted. The third band hitting the stage was Roy Cape All Stars. Frontline vocalists Blaxx, Olatunji and Trini Jacobs were their normal sprightly selves, lifting the crowd’s energy and maintaining their own during the band’s entire performance.
Much to the audience’s delight, joining Roy Cape for a brief cameo performance was KMC, who had the crowd jumping with I’m not drunk and Yeast (Mr Speaker), two selections that have been enjoying a lot of radio play. Last but not least was the much-anticipated Machel Montano HD and the Xtatik family. Montano, supported by band-mates Patrice Roberts, Zan and Farmer Nappy, was value for money as usual, despite not being allowed by police to finish his whole set, as it would have run past 8 pm, the scheduled lock-off time.
They made the best of their time on stage, though, getting feters jumping, wining and waving with hits like Delirious, Temper Wine, Belly Dancer, Out On D Road and one of Montano’s newest releases, Rave. He also made it a point to remind everyone there of the contributions of the late Kelvin Pope, better known as The Mighty Duke, to soca music and distributed t-shirts with Duke’s image on them.