Mixtape Mondays: West Indian Day Parade Preview Edition

Words by Kali Madden

Mixtape Mondays

The parade must go on. Even though the West Indian Day Carnival Association has halted the in-person West Indian Day Parade this year, the virtual celebration will forge ahead in a salute to Caribbean culture. The official virtual road celebration will take place this year on Monday, Sept. 7th. Even though the dancing, wining and getting on bad will be hosted online, the massive vibration of the Caribbean will be felt beyond the screen!  Ready, rolllll. Here are a few Caribbean music mixes to make your socially distanced toasts to the Caribbean.

DJ Milton – Summer Breeze Dancehall Mix

From you say summer can’t done. Out of St. Mary, DJ Milton is helping us to prolong our pool days with his latest, Summer Breeze Dancehall Mix. The vibe begins with Chronixx’s “Cool As the Breeze,” and takes us through summer’s essential dancehall hits — Koffee’s “Lockdown,” Skillibeng’s “Shake” remix featuring Jada Kingdom, Busy Signal, Ajji and Stylo’G’s “Live for the Summer,” and more genna style. Turn things up a notch with DJ Milton’s Summer Breeze Dancehall Mix here:

DJ Private Ryan – Summer Bunny 2020

Every true West Indian party covers all genres of music. From the early warms featuring pop-music hits to Toni Braxton and Celine Dion, real Caribbean revelers know the vibe. DJ Private Ryan‘s latest mix captures this multi-dimensional party element featuring blended genres such as hip hop, reggaeton, dancehall, trance, afrobeats and R&B. Complete with a self-proclaimed lifetime warranty of vibes, Summer Bunny 2020 features tracks such as “Ego Death” by Ty Dolla $ign featuring Kanye West, FKA Twigs and Skrillex, “Secrets” by Regard and RAYE, Machel Montano and Afro B’s “Slow Wine” — and hits by Da Baby, Bad Bunny, Weeknd, Buju, Megan Stallion, Pop Smoke and more! Bop it with Summer Bunny 2020 here:

DJ Young ChowM.O.R Soca Mix 2020
Ok this one is for everyone really feeling the tabanca. And who knew tabanca coulda ever last well into the fall way beyond the usual. New York City’s own DJ Young Chow has the remedy with a whole soca mood for all carnival babies. This one is a high-energy blend perfect for your indoor road celebrations. You’ll run up and down with Ding Dong and Mr. Killa’s “Run up and Down” and party to more big soca vibes such as Voice’s “Honest Dollar,” Salty and Sekon Sta’s “Who Pay!? (Big Bumpa),” Kes and Jus Now’s “Dey Wah Soca,” and more greatness. Salute the Caribbean with M.O.R Soca Mix 2020 here:

Wishing everyone a fun time celebrating West Indian day this year! If you or anyone you know is interested in contributing or volunteering with the West Indian Day Carnival Association, send them a message at cares@wiadcacarnival.org.