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May 2018 Blog Posts (21)

Guyana Carnival: a new imitative contrivance

The Guyana Carnival is here. Guyana has now joined other countries in the celebration of carnival, which is both, variously, a long-standing tradition and a new imitative contrivance. All the West Indian islands have a carnival celebrated at different dates in the year – they are all highly colourful masquerades with top-of-the-line entertainment, but in the context of carnival in Guyana there are important conceptual differences.…

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Added by Icom on May 31, 2018 at 9:15am — No Comments

Carnival set to celebrate African unity

DURBAN - THIS Africa Month in Durban, children of the soil are expected to gather in song, dance and authentic cuisine.

The African Renaissance Conference takes place over three days starting on Africa Day, on Friday.

And as Durban gears up to host the Celebrate Africa Carnival next Saturday, organisers are calling on…

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Added by Icom on May 31, 2018 at 9:08am — No Comments

Hypasounds about Soca For Her

While Hypasounds is waiting for Crop Over 2018  he is continuing to build his brand.

“The music really branch off and has been a feature at all the various carnivals and [the exposure] helps me to be more creative,” Hypasounds [Damien Etienne] told Weekend Buzz recently, as he spoke of his tours since the end of Crop Over; his hits in 2017, Get Up And Move and Dip…

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Added by Icom on May 30, 2018 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Orlando Carnival Downtown is a daylong celebration of reggae, soca and Caribbean culture {+} Machel in Belize, For Prom, Not Soca Concert

The Orlando Carnival Downtown festival has been infusing the joys of Caribbean culture and music into Orlando for more than three decades, and this weekend will be no exception. The 31st annual festival brings pageantry, parties, art vendors and foods from Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and other Caribbean nations. Dancehall reggae artists Tony Matterhorn, Serani and Menace join soca stars Raymond Ramnarine and Machel Montano for an…

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Added by Icom on May 30, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Soca Artistes To Get Professional Training For Their Artform

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Ministry of Culture and National carnival Committee are organizing a seminar for soca artistes to help them step up their game.

National Carnival Committee Chairman Noah Mills, speaking with WINN FM said:

“The minister would have presented to the Carnival Committee early this year, late last year, about organizing a seminar that…

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Added by Icom on May 22, 2018 at 11:35am — No Comments

Soca Artistes To Get Professional Training For Their Artform

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Ministry of Culture and National carnival Committee are organizing a seminar for soca artistes to help them step up their game.

National Carnival Committee Chairman Noah Mills, speaking with WINN FM said:

“The minister would have presented to the Carnival Committee early this year, late last year, about organizing a seminar that…

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Added by Icom on May 22, 2018 at 11:35am — No Comments

Carnival Village to lead or not to lead

Notting Hill Carnival, that magnificent juggernaut that comes around every last Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in August, is almost upon us. In a scenario that played out like an episode of fantasy drama Game of Thrones, the (Kensington & Chelsea) council became Kingmaker. On 26 February, they awarded their 2018 Notting Hill Carnival funding to Carnival Village Trust; what happens going forward is anyone’s guess.…

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Added by Icom on May 22, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Heart of Carnival in Luton

Luton International Carnival are bringing the love to Luton by celebrating ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’. With Luton Town Football Club promoted to League One, the party atmosphere will continue on 27 May when the streets of Luton will be transformed to display the finest, most colourful and creative of carnival costumes.

Luton is always proud to be the first carnival of the UK season and this year they’ve…

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Added by Icom on May 22, 2018 at 11:27am — No Comments

Juggling careers with motherhood: Soca mums give us the scoop

Life is demanding as a soca artiste. From back to back gigs during Carnival to constantly flying all over the world during the year, life as a performer is demanding. Throw in a family and children into the mix and life becomes a constant case of juggling and scheduling to ensure you keep the fires burning on both ends. We spoke to three top soca stars about motherhood and how they cope with raising their children and managing their…

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Added by Icom on May 15, 2018 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival, a hidden Gem

Saint Lucia Carnival remains a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. In recent years the carnival has developed significantly, both through local talent and by incorporating elements from some of the island’s Caribbean neighbours.

Until 1998, Lucian Carnival was a pre-Lenten affair, culminating on the two days before Ash Wednesday. Then, in 1999, the organisers moved it to July to attract more tourists by…

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Added by Icom on May 15, 2018 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Andrea Rivera ready to defend Soca Monarch title in Cayman Islands

If all goes Andrea Rivera’s way, she will one day become the Cayman Island’s biggest musical export.

The red-haired beauty with Puerto Rican roots is well on her way to stardom starting right at home.

Come Friday, Rivera will defend the…

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Added by Icom on May 15, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Will Smith performs on Stage with KES in Trinidad

Added by omar on May 12, 2018 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Batabano hits de road!

First, there was the J’Ouvert Parade and Breakfast Fete; then Junior Batabano last Saturday. Now, after many months of preparation and costume launches, the Outta De Blue Festival and the Adult Parade are finally here.

Islanders should be ready for a weekend of celebration and dancing as…

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Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Producer to the Soca Stars, Juelio Nelson Ready to Take The Spotlight

Producer to the Soca Stars, Juelio Nelson Ready to Take The Spotlight

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – There’s nothing in the entertainment rulebook that says a music producer cannot be an artist. You’ve heard the name Juelio Nelson, haven’t you?

The young, Moruga Trinidad native is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s fastest rising music producers, having worked with Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Superblue for whom he…

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Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Machel Montano's Jamaica carnival better than T&T's' remark triggers beef with Soca artist BLAXX

Soca entertainer Blaxx, real name Dexter Stewart, has released a video statement on the widely circulated statements he made about Machel Montano on Sunday morning.

Blaxx, who was performing at the Mawning Neighbour event in Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations, was filmed on stage telling the crowd “F*** Machel” and calling him the devil.

In his statement,…

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Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

A final look back at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz Fest

Save a light sprinkle of rain on its second Saturday, the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival played out under sunny skies and mostly mild temperatures. Big crowds gathered at the big stages on some days, but overall the fest felt manageable.

Some takeaways from my 29th Jazz Fest, the 49th overall:

The highlight?: I witnessed many strong…

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Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

THOUSANDS TURNOUT FOR CARNIVAL PARADE

 

The streets of New Providence were alive on Saturday  with the sights and sounds of Bahamas Carnival  as thousands turned out for the full weekend of fetes and concerts featuring…

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Added by Icom on May 7, 2018 at 11:11am — No Comments

It’s Carnival Time!

SOCA enthusiasts have been warming up for weeks now, attending fetes and preparing their costumes. But tonight is the night, and the main event, the Bahamas Carnival Experience, is finally here. It promises to be 72 hours of non-stop partying, with entertainment provided by top international acts like DJ Khaled, Machel Montano and Destra Garcia.…

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Added by Icom on May 7, 2018 at 11:08am — No Comments

Soca on the Seas makes epic trip to Dubai in 2019

HOUSTON – Dubai may be a city with dazzle and flair but come 2019, it will become a city of one love as Soca on the Seas makes its maiden trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Come 2019, Soca on the Seas will debut the Dubai One Love Music Festival At Sea as it makes its first trip to the UAE.

The region’s top soca and dancehall acts along…

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Added by Icom on May 7, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Soca star Montano to headline Heroes Weekend

The king of soca is to return to Bermuda for National Heroes Weekend.

Machel Montano, a Trinidadian headline artist, will perform for the first time at a holiday associated with Bermuda’s growing carnival scene.

Promoter Declan Harris said Mr Montano was “the number one soca artist, coming for a weekend with a lot of soca-related events — which is huge for fans…

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Added by Icom on May 2, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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