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Windrush: A Celebration review – a devastating carnival with black music

Barbican Hall, London

Curated by Anthony Joseph, this London jazz festival event offered a powerful mix of reggae, soca, Afrobeat, soul, jazz and the written word, with a strong undercurrent of righteous anger.…


Posted by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm

Touch Vodka to make its debut at Trinidad Carnival

There’s a new vodka brand set to hit Caribbean shores just in time for Carnival.

Touch Vodka is an award-winning vodka brand that has mastered the ability to fuse intricate festive mixes and is made from honey. It's manufactured by Fat Dogs Spirits, a craft distillery located in Florida. 

Dubbed as the “liquid aphrodisiac,” the line features one…


Posted by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 2:00pm

30+ new fetes to debut for Carnival 2019

You know Carnival is in the air when the first edition of the fete calendar drops.

Copies are made and posted on your office wall so you know at a glance which pump you and the crew are heading to. Whatsapp groups start buzzing about who's organising the maxi. Old "friendships" are rekindled with that one committee friend who has all the links. 

We have a long…


Posted by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 10:57am

New Carnival Band To Start A 'Rebellion' - Soca Monarchs To Launch Revolutionary Band In Jamaica Carnival

Carnival has been defined in many ways. The word has been used to describe a celebration of culture, an explosion of colour, and an expression of freedom in the guise of a festival. For the newest band on the block One World Rebellion or Rebellion for short - it's all that and more.

The band is spearheaded by soca monarchs and recording artistes Fay-Ann Lyons and her husband, Bunji Garlin, out of the…


Posted by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:08am

Dancehall Being Embraced In Carnival

The 2019 Carnival season has officially begun. With all three bands in the island expected to roll out their costumes before the end of the month, the soca scene is heating up. As Jamaica gets ready to be transformed into a soca kingdom, the battle lines between soca and dancehall have again been drawn. However, this time, the discussion involving both genres, surrounds how much dancehall has grown in the carnival space.…


Posted by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:12am

Keep Carnival style out of Christmas Parang music

Chairman of the National Nine Mornings Committee Michael Peters is calling for local artistes who produce parang music to stick to the Christmas script.

Peters told SEARCHLIGHT on Wednesday that many soca artistes, calypsonians and other singers are making the transition with their music from Carnival to Christmas, but when they do so, they are not leaving Carnival behind.…


Posted by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:14am

University of West Indies commissioned to complete Carnival impact study

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — A study aimed at understanding the real impact of Carnival to the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis will be commissioned by the Department of Culture through the University of the West Indies (UWI), according to Acting Minister of Culture, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton during the recent opening of Sugar Mas 47.

“You will not see everything in dollar terms, so you need…


Posted by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:16am

Five Questions To Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

Trinidad and Tobago soca songstress Fay-Ann Lyons makes it her duty to continue the legacy of her father - veteran calypsonian Superblue. Having been exposed to music from childhood, her passion to create and share that love for her culture came naturally. As a singer, songwriter and fitness aficionado, Lyons has broken a number of barriers and bridged a few gaps in the soca community, being one of the few female twin-island entertainers to win the Carnival Road March crown more than… Continue

Posted by Icom on November 23, 2018 at 2:00pm

Machel Montano gets his doctorate {VIDEO}

Trinidad: Honorary doctorate for soca king Machel Montano Machel Montano can now add doctorate to his long list of awards.

The soca king, who has been performing for 37 years, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

Montano said he felt great, honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the Honorary degree. 

In the presence of his close friend Anthony Chow Lin On, girlfriend…


Posted by Icom on November 9, 2018 at 2:30pm

Antigua Carnival 2019 Launch

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the National Festivals Commission held a launch event for Antigua Carnival 2019 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London on Thursday 8 November. The occasion served as an introduction to Antigua Carnival, the 10 day celebration that takes place from the end of July until the beginning of August and is billed as, “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival”.…


Posted by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm


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