Soca greats a ‘Fantastic’ treat

Musical artists Alison Hinds, Rupee, Edwin Yearwood of Soca band Krosfyah and Biggie Irie will rev things up at East End’s Pirate Week Heritage Day, Friday, Nov. 15.  

The concert, at the East End Heritage Field, will be backed by a band of top musicians. There will also be a performance by local band CayNRG Band, as well as DJs Sly and Vicious spinning the latest hits.  

Bajan soca artist Hinds, often referred to as the Queen of soca, is well-known for her debut solo album, “Soca Queen,” released in Oct. 2007, featuring the standout hit “Roll It Gal.” Her latest hits include “Born Wit It,” “A Ladies Anthem” and “Brace and Wine.”  

Rupee kicked off his illustrious career with popular Bajan band Coalishun in 1997. He went on to release a string of solo albums, which included popular hits such as “Jump” and “Tempted to Touch.” “Jump” won Rupee repeated Road March titles at carnivals worldwide. As well as dominating the charts across the Caribbean, Rupee’s albums have gone gold in Japan and across Europe.  

Edwin Yearwood is best known for his Soca hits “Road Jam,” “Pump Me Up” and “Sak Passe.” His band, Krosfyah, was formed in 1989, and remains one of the most popular Soca bands of the Caribbean.  

Biggie Irie started his musical career in 1986 as the lead vocalist with the Barbadian reggae band Exodus and has since gone on to perform and record with The Splashband. He has shared the stage alongside musical greats, including Third World, Maxi Priest and Steel Pulse.  

Brent McLean, event coordinator, said he is excited to be able to offer one of the biggest Pirates Week concerts to date. “To have six of the biggest soca stars on show is quite a coup for us, and our team must be commended for the hard work they have put in, and will continue to put in, right up to show time to ensure that everything runs flawlessly.”  

Part proceeds from tickets, priced at $25, will be donated to the dialysis unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Tickets are available from Funky Tangs, Reflections and Atlantic. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more details, and a chance to win dinner with the visiting musicians, visit the Fantastic Friday Facebook page. 

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Queen of soca, Alison Hinds, is set to perform Friday, Nov. 15, at East End’s Heritage Day concert.
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