#ShannyValDiaries : My Carnival Weekend 2017

“Is whole year that we waiting & we anticipating…”

I think Machel Montano summed up my Carnival weekend in his 2016 hit Waiting for the Stage. I waited a whole year for carnival & boy did it come with some hiccups but it was well worth the wait.


This land that I love

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#ShannyValDiaries: I Love Soca…The Carnival 2017 Edition

I never knew I would ever step foot in another I Love Soca especially after my last experience at a Waterfront edition. It took Skinny Fabulous & Kerwin Dubois being billed for the event to convince me to purchase my ticket.


Being a work night, we didn’t get to Ocean Boulevard until about 10:30 PM; igloo, liquor & cup in hand. I get that our economy isn’t the best & that to have artiste of this calibre on board some serious money had to be spent but $3000 pre-sold to carry my own liquor or buy your own was absolutely crazy. Luckily for me, I got a student discount ticket (thank you UWI/UTECH links).

The DJ line up was amazing & I think all the sets I caught were cool.  I definitely got my Bajan Bashment soca fix.

It was my first time seeing Riggo Sauve & he totally didn’t disappoint. My favourite sets for the night were definitely from him & Lord Hype & Tony Cross. Barrie Hype did an excellent job hosting the event.

The performances were off the chain!

The King of Vincy Skinny Fabulous, Kerwin Dubois, Shal Marshall, Sekon Sta, Peter Ram & the King of Dancehall Beenie Man.

After the performances, I felt like I owed the promoters money.

At the end of the night, I headed to the food court for a Bad Dawg hot dog before heading across the bridge. I must commend them for setting up qa food court which gave patrons ample options for after fete bites.

No matter how hard I try to… I just don’t like the Waterfront as a venue.  Although, it’s by the sea it was hot as hell & the further we went from the main stage the harder it was to hear the music (simple Physics).

For me, the only good thing about the venue set up was the visibility of the stage. You could literally stay at the back & see it.

Overall, it was a good party & the performers were great.

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Until next fete!


#ShannyValDiaries: How Do I Keep Up To Date with Soca Music?

It’s officially soca season in Jamaica & I am super excited!!!!

The main reason why I love Carnival is definitely the music!…I LOVE SOCA MUSIC!

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So by January I usually know all the songs. This year it was easier to get access to all my music thanks to a few apps & some trusted YouTube Accounts.

People always ask me how I keep up to date with my soca & these are my not so secret weapons.

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Now the Bacchanal Start!

It’s Bacchanal in January! Usually I wait until the launch of Bacchanal Friday but since I declared this year my “Carnival Year,” I decided that I wanted to be there from the start. I also, wanted to scope out the costumes seeing that I am interested in playing Pretty Mas this year.

I wasted no time when the early bird tickets were released, I asked a friend to swing by Mas Camp a day before the early bird was originally scheduled to end.

As usual my Friday work day was eventful so I was a bit stressed/tired by the time I went home but I was looking forward to hearing some good soca music & seeing some pretty costumes.

Once I got to the parking lot, I was already in a Merry mood!

On entry to Mas Camp I received so many goodies I didn’t expect to even get. I got a Smirnoff mason jar, a Heineken cup, tiaras & beads.

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Shanny’s Guide to Jouvert


I think I have mentioned before on the blog that I LOVE Jouvert! (here). I will always be the first person to recommend a proper Jouvert fete.

My last Jouvert experience (here) inspired this all you may need guide to a phenomenal Jouvert experience …

1.Wear a bathing suit (preferably an inexpensive one) under your clothes. Remember that Jouvert is VERY messy & you don’t want to be ruining your favourite underwear or bathing suit.


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