Soca star ‘mashin’ up’ Batabano

Soca star Destra Garcia was in Cayman this week to help kick start the annual Batabano celebration. 

She says that when she leaves Cayman on Friday, she will be hoping fans are still speaking her name after watching her “mashin’ up the place.” 

The international star was all set to bring Soca to the stage at Royal Palms Thursday night as part of Le Masque and World Fete, the official Batabano launch party.  

“Primarily it’s my goal to leave the island the next day and have people talking about it for the rest of the week, and hopefully I’ll set the goal so high no one can come and mash up the place like me,” Ms. Garcia said. 

“A lot of these places I do annually, and you are only as good as your last show.” 

Despite her long flight from Trinidad for a whirlwind visit, Ms. Garcia said her performance showcased a lot of energy, a high level of crowd participation and never a dull moment.  

“The shows are very spontaneous, I never do the same thing, I never do the thing you expect me to do,” she said. 

“My music … is very energetic whether it’s slow paced or fast paced. It’s energetic with a lot of movement because when we sing slower paced songs, there’s a lot of dancing that we call winding, which Miley Cyrus is calling twerking, but we Caribbean people, we stick to the winding.” 

Ms. Garcia says Soca is an addictive style of music. 

“If you don’t know what Soca is, the first time you hear Soca, it will hook you. It’s something that makes you want to hear it again and again and again, and you don’t know why because half the time you can’t understand what we’re saying, but it’s the beat, it’s the rhythm.”  

Batabano continues Friday with Carnival Dress Down Day, during which businesses are invited to show their carnival and civic spirits by wearing Batabano T-shirts. The adult costume parade and street parade at 3 p.m. Saturday.  

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Destra Garcia was excited Thurday about her upcoming show at Royal Palms. – PHOTO: CHRIS COURT
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