TuneDn: Patrice Roberts on travel and winning hearts of international audiences

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  • Published on September 22, 2022
  • Last Updated March 10, 2023
  • In Videos

Soca artist Patrice Roberts sat down with DETOUR in New York to discuss going international, her favorite travel tunes and why Trinidad & Tobago should be on your travel list.

As vibrant and fun-loving as the music she produces, soca artist Patrice Roberts brightened the room the instant she stepped into it with her neon-yellow heels.

Easy-going and relaxed, Roberts, or “your girl Patrice” as she preferred to introduce herself, sat down with DETOUR in the Cult Lab in New York City. To nobody’s surprise though, she did not stay seated for long: She sang as she swayed to the rhythm of Afro music, every note and movement expressing her intimate connection to the genre.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Roberts rose to fame in 2005, when “The Islands,” her collab with cousin Bunji Garlin was used in promotional commercials by the Trinidadian Ministry of Tourism.

Since then, Robert’s playful beats have traversed borders of her homeland, reaching hearts of international audiences, something Roberts holds especially dear to her heart.

But despite international acclaim, Roberts remains faithful to her roots, putting Trinidad and Tobago on top of her travel list. Why? Find out in the video below, and stay TuneDn for more video interviews from DETOUR.

This story was created by Detour, a journalism brand focused on the best stories in Black travel, in partnership with McClatchy’s The Charlotte Observer and Miami Herald. Detour’s approach to travel and storytelling seeks to tell previously under-reported or ignored narratives by shifting away from the customary routes framed in Eurocentrism. The detour team is made up of an A-list of award-winning journalists, writers, historians, photographers, illustrators and filmmakers.

This story was originally published September 22, 2022 9:00 AM.