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Soca vs Dancehall Jouvert Morning Edition in Rotterdam on 4 March 2016

Looking back at Soca vs Dancehall’s Jouvert Morning Edition in 2015 it looked like it couldn’t get any better, but in 2016 even more vybz, more wining and more wukking up. It got bigger and better; and Dancehall Explorer was there to report:

Jouvert Morning at Soca vs Dancehall

When you are from the Caribbean and move to a country like the Netherlands there is nothing as good as going to a party where you can find your own culture celebrated and fete with your island people. Jouvert Morning is, by far, an excellent place to do that. In case you missed it last year, we explained a bit about the concept of Jouvert Morning :

Soca vs Dancehall Jouvert Morning 2016 flyer“The Jouvert Morning edition is a bacchanal characterized by patrons coming out in their pyjamas and getting on bad. For those of you not familiar with “jouvert morning” it’s a term that comes from the French jour ouvert which translates to the break of dawn. Many Caribbean islands celebrate this break of dawn during Carnival season by hitting the streets very early in the morning wearing their PJ’s, bathrobes or any other crazy sexy outfit they feel comfortable in.”

Maassilo in Rotterdam

Last year Soca vs Dancehall promised to look for a bigger venue to accommodate all the soca and dancehall lovers. Well, they most definitely kept their word as this year’s venue, Maassilo, was spacious and offered enough room for a proper tornado, palancing and all the ferocious wukking up. At the entrance there were plenty of lockers available to store wintercoats and valuables. Since most patrons were dressed in skimpy outfits ranging from batty riders to pyjamas to bath robes and February is well cold this was highly appreciated. While 2015 was already big with 700+ people in the venue, 2016 was significantly larger with 1000+ people attending Soca vs Dancehall’s Jouvert Morning. We hope next year’s Jouvert Morning will be at Maassilo again…or…can it get even bigger?

 Party Shot / Party Flop

Pros: plenty of room for dancing, free face painting, the best party crowd
Cons: Asa Bantan’s performance was quite late

Check out the Jouvert Morning 2016 party report video and let us know what you think:

Karibean SpringBreak 2016 in Salou, Spain

2000 Springbreakers, 72 hours of bare madness, Karibean SpringBreak 2016
6 party boats and 15 international DJ’s all on the Spanish coast. From 5 to 8 May 2016 Salou, Spain will be taken over by foam canons, cocktails, water guns, dancehall music and non stop feting.
And Dancehall Explorer will be there to capture the fun in the sun.

Soca vs Dancehall and Jamrock party boats at Karibean SpringBreak

Representing for the Netherlands will be Soca vs Dancehall and Jamrock. Three nights in a row there will be theme parties in clubs and on Friday and Saturday there will be party boats during the day. Both Soca vs Dancehall and Jamrock will have their own boats and rock them Caribbean style! To ensure a spot on one of the boats, go to the Karibean SpringBreak website and select your favorite party boat when buying your ticket.

Jamrock Explosion at Paradiso Amsterdam on 7 November 2015

The Biggest Reggae and Dancehall Party in The Netherlands

Jamrock was founded in Amsterdam in 2005 and has since become the biggest reggae and dancehall party in the Netherlands. The innovative organization has expanded to cities all over the country while continuously keeping a weekly reggae and dancehall party at the Brasil Bar in Amsterdam. Over the years many artists have graced the Jamrock stage from Beenie Man to Popcaan and for this edition patrons got a double treat with both Konshens and I-Octane performing at Jamrock Explosion.

Konshens and I-Octane at Jamrock Explosion

I-Octane was first to perform for the crowd of 1500 reggae and dancehall fans and brought his famous party vibes! The Hot Ras sang hits like “Wine and Jiggle” and “Wi Love di Vibes” and invited two local ladies on stage which exacted an entertaining dance off between the two.

For Konshens it was the last show on his European tour and he went out with a bang. His show was well over an hour and started with him taking the stage in a swagged out outfit of jeans, marina, shirt, jacket and cap. By the end of his performance this was reduced to nothing but Ralph Lauren boxers, jeans and his sexy bare upper body Continue reading

Soca vs Dancehall the Jouvert Morning Edition in Rotterdam on 27 February 2015

On 27 February 2015 it was once again time for Soca vs Dancehall’s annual Jouvert Morning Edition.

Jouvert Morning

The Jouvert Morning edition is a bacchanal characterized by patrons coming out in their pyjamas and getting on bad. For those of you not familiar with “jouvert morning” it’s a term that comes from the French jour ouvert which translates to the break of dawn. Many Caribbean islands celebrate this break of dawn during Carnival season by hitting the streets very early in the morning wearing their PJ’s, bathrobes or any other crazy sexy outfit they feel comfortable in. With a large number of islanders here in Rotterdam it’s no surprise that the Soca vs Dancehall organization holds a successful Jouvert Morning edition every year. This year was even a little too successful as the line outside was so long that the party sold out before everyone got in. With over 700 guests inside Continue reading

HOELAHOEP party in Rotterdam on 7 February 2015

A dancehall party with a mission

A dancehall party in Rotterdam isn’t exactly a novelty, but HOELAHOEP does stand out.
The first party that has such a clear cut concept and a mission to “bring the Jamaican party vibe to Rotterdam with the hottest dancehall tunes and tropical hospitality”. During these cold winter nights the two young ladies who organize this party want to make the temperature rise and have a party with unequivocally good vibes, but did they succeed?

HOELAHOEP Dancehall Party

HOELAHOEP: Catch Your Caribbean Vibe

Club Twentysix

The venue was not too big, but had a major advantage for this party since there were two levels. Upstairs was a mix of reggae, kizomba and other Caribbean music and downstairs was strictly dancehall. When dancehall is all you love, this is music to your ears, no waiting for the DJ to be done catering to the hiphop lovers or the couples that wanna dance all cute to their kizomba, no…straight dancehall tunes downstairs. Continue reading

Rotterdam Zomercarnaval Afterparty: Soca vs Dancehall

Soca vs Dancehall is a party that’s been around for 5 years and has proven to be an excellent choice for both Soca and Dancehall lovers.

This edition was held at Club Empire as an afterparty for Rotterdam’s summer carnival, which brings loads of patrons looking for Caribbean vibes to Rotterdam every year.

Why go to a party with soca music while you only like dancehall music?

As any true dancehall lover will know, if the deejay is really shelling it down in the party you’re bound to get tired from being so hype. Continue reading

Charly Black at Jamaica New in Rotterdam on 6 June 2014

Jamaica New, the party that gave us Tiana and Alkaline just 6 days earlier, was now ready for its second edition with none other than the Countrybwoy from Trelawny…Charly Black

The Venue

Club Eclipse, situated near the Rotterdam Alexander train station, is not the most popular of venues in Rotterdam. The most heard argument against the club concerns the poor acoustics. What Club Eclipse does have to offer, despite the location and inadequate sound, is floor size. Out of the three floors, the largest one was reserved for this party. But did that turn out to be the right decision? Continue reading

Munga Honorable in Belgium June 2014

Munga Honorebel, the Gangsta Ras, performed at Chirine in Antwerp, Belgium on 9 June 2014. The promotion for the event seemed to be done last minute and upon arrival it was hard to believe Munga would be performing at the locale, but an A5 sized poster taped to the glass door confirmed it. The artist was supported by Barka Moeri and the DJ’s MiXit, Cool and Warlord Mattik.

The Venue

Chirine, that could be described as a somewhat run down bar, was not very noticeable, despite it’s prominent location close to Antwerp’s Central Station. Upon entering guests passed through a curtain and walked into the venue with a bar to the left and in the far right corner a DJ booth positioned between machines and a pool table. The stylish bar ladies brought the vibes and served drinks with a cool, don’t-mess-with-me attitude.

Party

Around 1.30am DJ MiXit treated the scant crowd to an assortment of the greatest dancehall hits of 2012, the 2008 back-and-forth Gully and Gaza diss tracks and Continue reading