Caribbean Heat is back again with a very exciting new installment that highlights the talent of one of the most important West Indian icons of the 1990s – Patra. From her impact in the fields of Dancehall to Reggae Fusion, this force of popular culture helped to take Caribbean music to the global scene.
Similar to several other female West Indian performers, Patra embraced her sexuality in ways that challenged ideals of the feminine form while outperforming several of her male peers on the charts. Yet, she suddenly disappeared for several years, leaving many of her fans utterly confused.
Thankfully, Patra is reportedly forging a comeback and before the action gets underway, Caribbean Heat will showcase her contributions to music. Watch the videos for some of Patra’s biggest hits below:
‘Dip & Fall Back’
‘Pull Up to the Bumper’
‘Queen of the Pack’
‘Scent of Attraction’
Through her use of Reggae Fusion, many people regard Patra as a more marketable version of Lady Saw. In fact, her style striking similar to Shabba Ranks with a twist of Salt-n-Pepa, and she clearly had an impact of several of the US female Hip-Hop artists who rose to fame in the 1990s, such as Foxy Brown and Lil Kim.
However, many doubt that Patra’s raw sound would work in the current music climate. Indeed, with Reggae Fusion progressively moving toward a more Pop-oriented sound, thanks to Rihanna and Sean Kingston, it will be difficult for her to revive her career, especially after such a long break.