Deeper Than Soca Tran­scends St. Lu­cia Car­ni­val

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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

Tran­scend.

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