>> Wednesday, January 28, 2009
If you happen to be in Trinidad, or you pay particularly close attention to the whole Trini scene, then you must have noticed something I been seeing this season.
The big soca band Atlantik is no more!
All of the published ads and radio commercials advertising performances by Destra Garcia make no reference to the band Atlantik. Rather, when the artist is billed it reads Destra and her Band
So what does this really mean?
Lemme sort you out...
Yes! Destra will be performing throughout the 2009 season backed by a complete soca band.
No! She isn't working with a different set of people.
Yes! Dem cuties from Atlantik like Dean (Guitar) and Ricardo (Keys) will still be at all the shows!
So what happened?
A decision was made to drop the name Atlantik, so as to focus the activities of all-parties involved on the lead vocalist, Destra! As one band member says it, "She now owns her own future!"
What to say to that except, WOMAN IS BOSS!
In Destra's case management hasn't changed, and her fiery energy is back with a vengeance. We can think of it like Machel Montano HD, or Shurwayne Winchester and Y.O.U., where the artist is at the centre of it all. Business as usual - just a new energy, an exciting new sound, and a playlist of unbelievable music for 2009!
Do yuh ting gyul! And all the best for the season.
How do you feel about the decline of the soca band in recent years? Do you think that soca culture will change as a result of it?