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“Uncrowned Queens” To Provide Entertainment During The Pandemic


Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley’s October 2020 announcement that, “Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021 is not on” has not stopped local artistes and Carnival stakeholders from keeping the culture and festivities of the season alive. Among them stands Warrior Empress, who, in collaboration with Music Mill Studios will present Uncrowned QUEENS – a virtual musical concert featuring some of Trinidad and Tobago’s most promising Female Calypsonians; this event will be live streamed via YouTube from 8PM (AST) on Friday 5th February 2021.

No stranger to the Calypso arena herself, Warrior Empress (whose birth name is Allison Bernard) has been singing professionally for the past fourteen (14) years. She sang out of the Kalypso Revue from 2015 to 2019, was finalist in The NWAC Calypso Queen Monarch Competition from 2010 to 2019 – placing 2nd on two (2) occasions 3rd on another, and was also the First  Reserve at The National Calypso Monarch Finals in 2019 with her own composition ‘The You in You.”

Showing her true warrior spirit, Bernard is not one to retreat when faced with challenges. In a statement to the media Bernard said she was inspired to produce this show “on the heels of one of the governing body for the Carnival stating that they would not be holding any [Carnival related] activities… not even virtually.” With three (3) successfully produced online events under her belt: With Women In Mind’ – a Mother’s Day Concert in May 2020, ‘Vocals and Steel’ – a Father’s Day Concert in June 2020, and ‘Rise Up’ – an Emancipation Concert in July 2020, in addition to an ongoing, online weekly talk show entitled “The Feminine Drive” Bernard saw this statement as an opportunity to innovate, and “keep the spirit of Carnival alive in a new way”.

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.@MajorLazer Kicks Off A “Soca Storm” With New 3 Track EP!


Carnival 2020 is off to a great start so far. With lots of music being released already, just know that you’re in for an awesome time. Joining in the fun is the Major Lazer collective with their latest EP, “Soca Storm“! Featuring 3 tracks, the EP finds Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Jillionaire collaborating with Soca Artists Mr. Killa and Zeek. With energetic production and lots of energy, you’ll find “Soca Storm” a great addition to your Soca playlists.

With Costumes being revealed by various Bands so far and events being announced, will you be a part of the “Jump & Wave” crowd this year? Check out the EP below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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Don’t Feel “Guilty” For Enjoying @DestraGarcia’s New Single!


Whatever down moment(s) you had this week, we hope some new music brightens up your mood today. Heading over to Trinidad & Tobago for this one, we’re tuning in to the “Queen Of BacchanalDestra Garcia’sGuilty“! Produced by CL Productions on the “Afro Fete Riddim“, Destra’s new single promises to put some jolts of energy in your body that’ll have you getting on bad, and not feel an ounce of guilt about it!

With her Birthday happening tomorrow (Nov. 10), we hope you rock to this, and her many hits in celebration. Happy Birthday when it comes Destra! Check out the tracks below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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Pick Up & Run With These Current Dancehall X Soca Hits!


The 2019 Carnival season is officially on its way, and Dancehall artists are teaming up with Soca’s finest stars for various collaborations. It’s definitely a good look for the genres as it gives them more leverage to different markets, even after the seasons is done. Carnival is an International brand with different cities and countries around the world hosting their own. With more interest in the Caribbean culture over the years, it’s a pivotal moment for Dancehall and Soca to make a greater push for the International market with these collaborations. For those unfamiliar, the Jamaican love affair with Soca and Carnival dates back to the 1940s at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus), and the collaborations over time are just great moments in this ever growing union. With their feel good vibes and ability to bring people together, the collaborations will continue. Today we’re featuring a few of the Dancehall x Soca crossovers that are currently making waves on the scene.

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1. Kes x Shenseea – Close To Me

2. Spice x Destra Garcia – Trouble

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Byron Lee & The Dragonaires x Preacher x Admiral Bailey – Dance Hall Soca (1993)


Happy Sunday! Today we celebrate a lil Dancehall, and a lil Soca with our “Oldies Sunday” selection. Going back to the year 1993, we tune in to the late Byron Lee and his Band The Dragonaires’ hit, “Dance Hall Soca“! Featuring Soca Artist Preacher and Dancehall Artist/Football Coach Admiral Bailey, we get the best of both worlds as Dancehall and Soca fans alike joined forces and partied away without care! The track was featured on the Band’s 1993 album of the same name, and it’s a fun song that became one of Byron Lee’s signature hits, and you could say one of the songs that paved the way for many Dancehall/Soca collaborations over the years. With the superb instrumentations from the Band, and Preacher and Bailey’s contributions, you could wave your rag, wine, and do the “Soca Bogle” to your heart’s content. Check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @13thStreetPromo.

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.@KesTheBand & Shenseea Get Cozy In “Close To Me”!


With Valentine’s Day just hours away, that loving feeling is definitely upon a few of us. Spreading the love through music today are Dancehall Artist Shenseea (who has been on a roll with these Soca collabs) and Soca Artist Kes on “Close To Me“! This one is definitely a banger as Tano and Brooklyn Decent provided a lovely production here to accompany the Artists get close throughout the song. With Loggo Lionel handling directorial duties for the video, we see all the chemistry oozing onscreen. Big up Jimmy October, Christian Kalpee, Daryl Gervais, Nicolai Ramjass (Brooklyn Decent), and Michael Montano (Tano) who contributed to this song! Whether you like it rough or gentle, just stay close to me when you need that love. Are there any couples in the house? Check out the video below and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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