Deeper Than Soca Transcends St. Lucia Carnival
Described as “the ultimate Caribbean Salsa experience” by the organizers, the 7th annual Salsa Fiesta TnT is currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago. And, for the second year running, a contingent from Saint Lucia is participating in the event. On Friday May 29 a team from Salsa Saint Lucia, one of the foremost exponents of Latin dance here, left for Port of Spain, Trinidad. While there, the group of thirteen will participate in various workshops and will also be performing at one of the showcases.
“This activity is a great medium to learn from the best, for exposing our team members to various aspects of Latin dance and it is also a wonderful opportunity to network and build relationships,” Peter St. Rose of Salsa Saint Lucia told the STAR before leaving Saint Lucia.
The Salsa Saint Lucia team comprises dancers and instructors. The group was expected to stage two performances last night in Trinidad and today (Saturday May 30) will attend the International Latin Dance Show at Queens Hall. Among the performers at the event will be Fausto and Maria along with Nelson and Veronica of New York, Uriel and Vera of Florida, David and Paulina Mexico/ Canada, Marchant and Davida of London/South Africa.
“This event epitomizes the best in Latin dance and we are very pleased to be part of it again this year,” an exuberant St. Rose says. “Whatever we learn in Trinidad, whatever experiences and knowledge we gain, we will be looking forward to returning to Saint Lucia to share and to help build a vibrant Latin dance community at home,” St. Rose adds.
The group’s trip was made possible with the assistance of several sponsors and team members themselves.
The Saint Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association (SLALA) will host a benefit concert - a piano recital - on Saturday 6th June featuring Dr Ray Luck, the Guyanese born and internationally renowned pianist.
All proceeds will go towards Viv Byen, the chronic disease self-management programme which SLALA is spreading round the island in order to improve the lives of those suffering from
Carnival Saturday in Saint Lucia will soon have a new vibe as Deeper Than Soca (DTS) introduces its inaugural event ‘Transcend’ on Saturday July 18, 2015 at Samaans Park. The DTS team premiered its offerings for St. Lucia Carnival 2015 at a well-attended media launch at Verve in Rodney Bay on Thursday May 21, 2015.
As revealed at the launch, DTS founder Sedale Simei intends to maintain the pace of the quality of music released by the camp this year. Prompted by the response to last year’s hit “Pandemonium”, Sedale and Wildfire have collaborated again with the upcoming release “Lawless”. Toya’s first release of 2015, “Waist Control” is already making waves, paving the way for more great music from DTS.
People have become familiar with DTS music and clothing line during the Carnival season, but this year they have introduced Transcend – an event they intend to make a staple of Saint Lucia’s Carnival Saturday.
The word “transcend” means ‘to go beyond or excel’. This is precisely what the event encapsulates and what patrons can expect on Carnival Saturday at the venue dubbed the ‘Ascended’ Samaans Park - a venue that will be transformed to deliver a “Cloud 9” experience. Intentionally, the event’s headliner – Lyrikal – the “Loner” who has brought us hits chronic disease. The Viv Byen programme is a Stanford University authored workshop geared at helping those affected to manage better and to live healthier, more productive lives.
Last year SLALA used funds to arrange training of leaders by a Stanford author. 16 workshops have already been held throughout Saint Lucia and now the aim is to train 12 more leaders this June on the west coast of the island so that the programme for consecutive years and the man behind two of the biggest songs for Trinidad Carnival 2015 will be Live for his first time in Saint Lucia.
Additionally, the official tour DJ for Machel Montano – DJ Stephen – is a major entertainer confirmed for Transcend, and will similarly experience his first St. Lucian Carnival by collaborating with the DTS camp. Also performing will be Sedale, Wildfire, Toya, Ricky T, Teddyson John, Arthur, Levi Chin, DJ Shelz, Hollywood HP, and many more of Saint Lucia’s top Groovy and Power Soca artistes.
Transcend will feature attractions that have never been experienced on the Saint Lucian party scene, so grab your tickets before they are sold out! Early bird specials are now available.
Follow @deeperthansoca on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with #TranscendTuesdays for the latest updates. Keep a look out for the DTS Transcend IG photo frame now roaming at events islandwide for a chance to win special giveaways when you take a photo and post it online!
What is most compelling about Deeper Than Soca is that it goes even further beyond what we have come to know and love. At the forefront it encompasses music, clothing, and promotion but the overall vision has not yet unfolded. DTS intends to use music and entertainment to positively impact and influence we Saint Lucians, West Indians, and people across the globe. DTS has major projects set for completion in the near future. One of these is a record label – the aim is to focus on developing musical talents in an environment that allows for better management and promotion of local and regional artistes. DTS wants to break the mould!
DTS will also venture into philanthropic work and is in the process of launching a foundation focused on youth development. Not only is giving back near and dear to DTS, but the intention is to be the Soul Of Community Advancement (SOCA). Deeper Than Soca will be synonymous with Entertainment and Lifestyle in Saint Lucia – and is indeed Deeper – Deeper than Soca!
The Deeper Than Soca promotional poster for