|Recession can’t stop the Carnival Destra to host ‘Queen of Bacchanal’ |
By Marlene Augustine Thursday, January 14 2016
THE recession cannot. stop the “Queen. of Bacchanal”, so said. Destra Garcia as she. announced she will. be hosting her second. Queen of Bacchanal. (QOB) Concert,. “Queen” at O2 Park. Chaguramas on February. 03. Garcia was. speaking yesterday at. a press conference at. Digicel Box, Queen’s. Park Oval, St James.
When asked if the. economic downturn. this year will affect the. show, she said, “I think. it is a question for everybody. who is having. an event, primarily I. think the people and. fans who want to see. Destra will come out. especially since we. made a decision not. to be everywhere this. Carnival,” she continued,. “Carnival is also a. staple in terms of our. economy and Tourism.
A lot of people come. to Trinidad for Carnival. and the timing I am. having this event will be. in time for when people. get here, so I don’t think. the recession will affect. my event. I am trying to. direct the traffic there,. so if you want to see me. you are going to see me. there.”. Destra also added. that she will be seen at. a couple of other fetes. for the Carnival season,. but the main event was. the “Queen” concert.
She explained, when. they started the event. last year it was mainly to. expand the brand and. to take herself beyond. the borders of just being. a stereotypical soca. artiste. “I realise that I. have a lot of fans, and. at Carnival time people. want to see more than. just a Carnival fete to. hype-up the audience.
I want to give people. a taste of the brand ...
you get to sing and invite. my friends because. a lot of times you go to. events you can’t have. all your people there,. and it has given me a. chance to perform with. everyone I sang with,”. she said.
The QOB indicated. that last year she kept. the event “hush hush”. because she wanted. people not to attend. the event based on the. people who would have. been performing. Destra. said a lot of people. came out last year to. the event to see Destra,. but were also surprised. by all the other. artistes. She explained. that this year “Queen”,. is all about her friends. who she considers to. be Queens, especially. where women are dominated. by males.
“I want to showcase. the talents of some of. the females who I admire. in the business,. and just have a great. wicked show. There. will be males as well,. but the highlight... the. feature is the women,”. she said. QOB also. added on the night of. “Queen” she will be. launching a song collaborated. with Tania. Stevens. Also speaking. at the press conference,. Digicel team member. Christopher Edmund. said the event is something. that features the. talent also the growth. of their own “Destra. Garcia.” He said Digicel. has been involved with. the music, and has invested. in the culture of. Carnival over a decade. ago and said, “Over the. last ten years we have. invested over $10 million. US in the Carnival. culture of Trinidad and. Tobago, and we will. continue our investment. in QOB Wednesday.”.