The vibes were nothing short of immaculate as the Toronto Raptors celebrated Caribbean Heritage Night on Thursday with a special half-time performance from Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca Queen Patrice Roberts. Soca star Kevin Lyttle was also on hand for the Caribbean Heritage festivities.
The Caribbean Heritage Night is a way of paying homage to the various cultures of the Caribbean Diaspora as a part of their commitment to supporting the Black community.
The Raptors say that is important to recognize that many members of the Black community in Toronto and across Canada migrated from the Caribbean or are of Caribbean descent.
A release from Roberts’ team said that her aim is to showcase the energy, uniqueness and warmth of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean by extension.
PATRICE Roberts is certainly doing her part to put soca music on the map as the artist performed during half-time in an NBA game between Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada on Thursday.
Roberts, fresh off a booked and definitely busy 2023 Carnival season in TnT, made the trip to perform at the Raptors’ Caribbean Night which is intended to highlight the culture of the Caribbean.
Dressed in white crop top and a red, black and white sweat suit, Roberts delivered a few of her hit songs including Mind My Business and her 2023 offering Like Yuh Self (alongside Machel Montano), which placed third in Road March.
Many fans in attendance were seen waving national flags including TT, Grenada and Guyana. Also, some of the commentators were seen eating doubles, one of the most popular foods in TT.
The performance seemed to lift the Raptors faithful as the team went on to beat the Pelicans 115-110.
Speaking about her performance, Roberts said it felt “surreal.”
“I was extremely nervous because I wanted to give my best and represent well for soca, TT and the Caribbean…my heart is full of gratitude, I cried tears of joy and I’m happy because I have worked really hard to get here.”
Additionally, Roberts extended her gratitude to “the Toronto Raptors and everyone involved for including me in the Caribbean Night.”
She also thanked her supporters, team and media for their continuous support.
Roberts and her team are working feverishly to strengthen her brand and introduce her to international markets.
Patrice was recently featured in an article on the top five Soca artists. The article can be read on GRAMMY.com
SOURCE: Newsday TT
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