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Carnival is serious business in T&T, generating more than $30 million in revenue annually.
For creative entrepreneurs in fields ranging from music to fashion and art, this means opportunities to build brands and launch empires.
Carnival also has an important export…Continue
Added by Icom on January 17, 2019 at 1:37pm — No Comments
What’s the time Mr.Wolf? Bacchanal time! Carnival. A time to wear things you may not usually be seen in at any other time of year. A time to show up and show out, if you so desire. But, if you need some help figuring what’s in and what’s not, then this article should give you an idea on what’s trending so you can incorporate them into looks for this season.…Continue
Added by Icom on January 17, 2019 at 1:32pm — No Comments
The Queen of Bacchanal has been blazing up Instagram with sizzling photos from her recent video shoot for the song ‘Wine of the Century’.
In 2018, she did two videos for…Continue
Added by Icom on January 14, 2019 at 12:28pm — No Comments
Soca Vi-queen, Fay Ann Lyons Alvarez has been named to oversee this year's International Soca Monarch.
The announcement was made by her uncle, NCC Chairman Winston 'Gypsy' Peters, on Morning Edition today.
An official designation for Lyons-Alvarez has not been…Continue
Added by Icom on January 14, 2019 at 12:25pm — No Comments
She is the soca recording artiste who sings, "sokah till I die, sokah give me life," and she is serious about that. But would you believe that growing up, Nailah Blackman did not like the meaning behind the music of her birthplace?
As the daughter of calypsonian Abbi Blackman and the granddaughter of the proclaimed father of soca, Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman), Nailah was witness to all the makings of…Continue
Added by Icom on January 8, 2019 at 12:10pm — No Comments
Choc’late Allen has toured the US and Caribbean sharing her story of our music and this year she’s taking it to a new level, with a new sound and new team.
“I’m homeschooled and that essentially is a defining aspect of my life,” the musician pointed out. “Growing up in a musical family, given the direct link to my dad, it’s one of those things I simply could not ignore. Music is my high, when a song comes…Continue
Added by Icom on January 8, 2019 at 12:07pm — No Comments
CHUTNEY BRASS is now Chutneyland. One of Carnival’s mainstays has re-branded itself for the 2019 season. In a release issued to media, its organisers, Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) said the time had come “when even the biggest and most popular of events must evolve and transition to a higher level. RGP has therefore decided to lay the Chutney Brass Festival to rest and introduce for Carnival 2019 a new and much more dynamic event titled,…Continue
Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments
Jamaican reggae love crooner Jah Cure has been added to the cast of entertainers for Tobago Loves Soca, a new three-night event.
In a release, TLS promoter Randy Glasgow said Jah Cure is as much a staple to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean’s entertainment circuit as are artists like Machel Montano, Bunji…Continue
Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:32pm — No Comments
ANDRE JEREMIAH SANDIFORD, 20, touched his family and friends when he rapped at his father’s funeral. His passion for music pushed him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Now, calling himself Soca Dre, he is aiming to make a name for himself in Carnival 2019.
Soca Dre loved to perform as a child. He started singing calypso when he was eight in primary school. With the help of his parents he…Continue
Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:29pm — No Comments
The Soca Drome may be a central part of Carnival 2019 as the National Carnival Commission (NCC) moves to incorporate the Jean Pierre Complex parade with the mainstream mas.
NCC chairman Winston "Gypsy" Peters shared this detail with Sunday Newsday as he addressed the perennial concern about routes for Carnival bands. Peters said the issue has been a talking point for the NCC for some time but details are…Continue
Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:26pm — No Comments
The UberSoca Cruise team is wasting no time preparing for the ultimate soca experience on the high seas.
New dates for 2019 have been announced...times two.
For a second year, there will be two back-to-back sailings, with November 4 to 8 and November 8 to 12, 2019 confirmed for ships one and two, respectively. They are also introducing an alcohol-inclusive…Continue
Added by Icom on December 27, 2018 at 12:56pm — No Comments
The twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is famous for calypso and soca, infectious music that takes center stage during the island's annual Carnival. But during the Christmas season another type of music dominates.
At a sound check for a band that plays old-time instruments, musicians play cuatro, a small, four-stringed acoustic guitar. There are also mandolins, maracas and a box bass, Trinidad's…Continue
Added by Icom on December 27, 2018 at 12:44pm — No Comments
DE TING officially start. Put away de ham, pack away the Daisy records and dust off yuh cooler because the chip towards Carnival 2019 has begun.
It's going to be a long season. Carnival Monday is 67 days away (March 4). The good news is we already have a bag full of spanking new soca hits to fuel the pump.…Continue
Added by Icom on December 27, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments
The singer/songwriter is back with a brand new single. Here she talks to The Voice about being bold, not wanting to be boxed in and providing a platform for Caribbean culture.
BEING BOLD: Ms Desire is revealing a new side to her self with her latest single Anything You Want
MS DESIRE has returned with a new song and a slightly new sound with single Anything…Continue
Added by Icom on December 21, 2018 at 1:32pm — No Comments
“Crazy” - born Edwin Ayoung in 1944, on Maraval Road in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad of a Venezuelan mother and Trinidadian father of Chinese descent, was - in his youth - as skilled and competitive in his country’s national pastime of cricket, as he has been now for years as a world-travelled musician, performing artist and composer.
Though dubbed The “Loveable Lunatic of Soca,” Ayoung has time and again not…Continue
Added by Icom on December 21, 2018 at 1:29pm — No Comments
Soca power couple sync schedules for daughter's sake For more than 15 years, the love of music, performing and being lyrical ambassadors for the country of Trinidad and Tobago, have fortified the union between popular soca artistes Fay-Ann Lyons and Ian 'Bunji Garlin' Alvarez. Together they have mastered the inner workings of the music industry and conquered the many pitfalls associated with it.
Added by Icom on December 15, 2018 at 1:57pm — No Comments
Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart believes soca artists have a responsibility to uplift women in song.
Speaking at Terri Lyons’ Listening Party on Monday night, Blaxx, lead vocalist for De All Starz, said he is on a 'woman campaign' this year.
The veteran singer, who has collaborated with Lyons on the song ‘All On De Ground’ said it is time for Caribbean men to big up women…Continue
Added by Icom on December 15, 2018 at 1:42pm — No Comments
Despite the presence of carnival bands like Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca and Xodus, soca monarchs Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin from Trinidad plan to introduce Jamaicans to a new band called Rebellion, which they say will target the road march spectators.…Continue
Added by Icom on December 10, 2018 at 4:39pm — No Comments
“MY name is Sekon Sta because legitimately I am the second star after my father.
"I put the audience first and I have a deep belief in God. I feel as though God first, the legacy first, the people first and then me second. I am but a servant of all of these things.”
This is guiding principle of Nesta “Sekon Sta” Boxill: “Never get too ahead of…Continue
Added by Icom on December 10, 2018 at 4:37pm — No Comments
It's Xodus 'to di world'
for Carnival 2019
Carnival chasers and soca music lovers gathered at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre last Saturday to catch a glimpse of what Xodus' band, titled 'Cosmopolitan The World in One Band', has to offer for the upcoming fete season.
At 11:45 p.m., the sounds of…Continue
Added by Icom on December 10, 2018 at 4:35pm — No Comments