The Tropical Tradewinds Wedding Cocktail Hour

October 19, 2016 by GreggHollmann

caribbean-mapIn this 50th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour series, we share a very special playlist by Martin Valcin, aka “DJ Marti-Gras” whose performance moniker is “Mixing Gone Wild.” Martin is of Caribbean descent (Haitian-American) and has compiled an authentic Caribbean-themed wedding cocktail hour composed of Jamaican and Haitian flavors. For those unfamilar with Haitian “compas” music, check out the “Pa Manyen Fanm Nan” music video by Sweet Micky later in this blog. Compas music is a style of Haitian dance music at moderate tempo sung primarily in the Haitian Creole language. Compas music is fantastic!

For a signature drink, Martin has selected Barbados Rum Punch made with Cockspur Rum. Sip this sweet delicious concoction slowly, or you will quickly feel the “punch” in rum punch. For a Barbados Rum Punch recipe, click here.

Need a Caribbean music specialist for your wedding, private party or club event? Contact us today at to book DJ Marti Gras. Now imagine yourself on a white sand Caribbean beach, tropical trade winds blowing in your face, a drink in your hand, and enjoying the accompany playlist that follows below….

The Tropical Trade Winds Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Marti Gras

I Feel Good- Beres Hammond
Say Woee- Devonte & Tanto
Falling In Love- Glen Ricks
My Woman- Cutty Ranks w/ Barrington Levy
I’m Still In Love With You- Sean Paul & Sasha
Land Of Love- Marcia Griffiths
Night Nurse- Gregory Isaacs
Someone Loves You Honey- June Lodge
Everything I Own- Ken Boothe
Pa Manyen Fanm Nan – Sweet Micky
Stir It Up- Bob Marley
Mr. Loverman- Shabba Ranks
Knocking On Heaven’s Door- Ed Robinson
Believe in Love- Maxi Priest
Nu-Look- What About Tomorrow
Amazing- Alaine
Cherry Oh Baby- Jimmy Cliff
Hold My Hand- Sean Paul
No Letting Go- Wayne Wonder
Manyen’ W – Zin
Life Is So Precious- Cecile
My Girl- Frankie Paul
Smile- Sugar Minott
Na Let Go – Alison Hinds & Gyptian
Tabou Combo- Chale Lanmou
For free, downloadable reggae mixes from Ambient DJ Service, see:

Recap of Previous Cocktail Hour Playlists

– See more at:


GreggHollmann GreggHollmann (59 Posts)

Ambient DJs’ Founder and President, Gregg Hollmann, is a leader in the wedding and events industry. With formal musical training on several instruments, Gregg is known for his creative mixing and chameleon-like ability to play in different musical styles. His musical knowledge allows him to excel in environments ranging from elegant wedding receptions to convivial dance parties. A graduate of the College of New Jersey, he holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He enjoys working with clients and personalizing events to their tastes. An industry leader, Gregg has served as President of the East Coast’s premier professional disc jockey organization, the New Jersey Disc Jockey Network for the past three years. He is the author of The Bride’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Wedding DJ available on

Filed Under: Music, Performing, Weddings