Today we’d like to introduce you to Giselle “The Wassi One” Blanche.
Host. Promoter. Bandleader. Radio Personality. Performing Artist. Mentor. Mother. Cultural Ambassador. These are some of the titles used to refer to Giselle “The Wassi One” Blanche. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago was born into her. Coming from two culturally grounded Trinidadian parents, her love for Caribbean culture is deeply rooted. A resident of Miami, Florida, she visits Trinidad, London, Berlin, Rotterdam, and the Caribbean region for the various Carnival seasons annually and is a household name when it comes to carnival and soca music. A true Renaissance woman, Giselle, or “Wassi” as she is affectionately known, has made a name for herself and blossomed into a multi-faceted entertainer, media personality and promoter. 2017 marked 30 years that Giselle has been leading her own mas band in Miami Broward One Carnival, The Wassi Ones, which she started at the age of 14 and historically became the youngest bandleader ever. She is also the bandleader of The Wassi Babes, her kiddies band and Something Jouvert in Miami. As a mas bandleader, she has participated in Carnivals across the UK, the US, the Caribbean region and in the diaspora. As a personality, she frequents the airwaves globally with on-air programs from Turks & Caicos to the UK to teamsoca.com. Look up on the biggest stages in Caribbean music and carnival and you will see her there too. Her passion and drive is her people and her culture. She also volunteers her talents to the cause of breast cancer awareness in the Caribbean and throughout the diaspora. Her love and dedication run deep and her name is sealed in the Caribbean hall of fame. More than a personality, she is a person. She is a beacon of light that shines bright and her energy and charisma is undeniable.
In December 2016, she launched her celebratory tour/documentary entitled “#LOL30: Life Of a Legend.” 30 carnivals in ten months which began with Bahamas Junkanoo and climaxed in Miami Carnival in October 2017. The official biopic is scheduled for a December 2019 release. Giselle was named the Miami Broward One Carnival Ambassador and September 30th is officially Giselle Blanche day in South Florida. In 2018, she started her very own carnival band in Trinidad called “Partytime Mas.” She is the 365 Carnival brand ambassador and founder of CWEE, the Caribbean Women’s Empowerment Experience, a platform to equip women with the necessary tools for personal and professional development through advocacy, outreach, and grassroots communication. Most recently, she was awarded the Spirit of Excellence Award by Vanessa James Media and Nissan for her dedication to elevating culture and community. As the CEO of Wassi World Entertainment, LLC and Wassi’s World Inc., her non-profit organization, she continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a female in a competitive male-dominated industry is never easy. The road is never smooth but I glide along in faith. I never focus on the obstacles. I focus on overcoming them. Practice makes perfect! LOL!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Wassi’s World Entertainment – what should we know?
I design and produce costumes. I sing. I promote. I coordinate events. I book artists. I am a television and radio host. I am a visionary… I am proudest of the longevity and authenticity of my brand. I have been able to stay relevant and more importantly true to myself and my culture. My unconditional love and passion for my culture and my people sets me apart from most…
What are your plans for the future?
I look forward to continued growth. Several big things are in the works but I don’t want to speak before time… SHHHH.
- Website: wassiones.com, gisellethewassione.com
- Phone: 786-712-7190
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thewassione
- Facebook: Wassi Ones
- Twitter: thewassione
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