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June 2019 Blog Posts (10)

Int'l Bashment Soca 2019 attracts more entrants, countries, women

Organizers of the International Bashment Soca competition, which is in its second year, are keeping the total number of 2019 entries under wraps but they have confirmed that they've hit a new record high, with more women from more countries in the mix as well.



4D Entertainment announced the 25 semi-finalists who will be vying for the public's votes to make it to the Yello International Bashment Soca…

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Added by Icom on June 24, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

J’Ouvert – channelling the spirit of Carnival

“Trini Hill” murmured my neighbour as soon as the two old men set up their folding chairs and started bickering over the pricing strategy for their whistles.

Yasmin Joseph’s wonderful play J’Ouvert, at Theatre503 in Battersea, offers many such moments of recognition to anyone who’s ever played mas at Notting Hill, felt the frustration of a queue for overpriced, gentrified food, or encountered a…

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Added by Icom on June 24, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Local Soca Artiste Inks Marijuana Deal

Following the release of his carnival hit “Contraband”, local singer, songwriter and producer Kemuel “Karbon Jamz” Stapleton has received a major endorsement from an international marijuana company.

The budding soca artiste has signed his song to Acres Agricultural Canada corporation, as part of their marketing and advertising campaign.

Acres Agri SVG is a…

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Added by Icom on June 21, 2019 at 12:42pm — No Comments

VP RECORDS TAKES SOCA TO THE NEXT LEVEL

VP Records has partnered with Brooklyn based fitness organization FITBK™/FITQB to launch Soca Gold Fitness 2019 right in time for the upcoming release of Soca Gold 2019, out Friday June 21st. The launch will also be celebrated with Soca Gold Live from Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records in Montego Bay on Saturday, June 29th, 2019.

Soca Gold 2019 will feature only the best soca songs of the season, including…

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Added by Icom on June 21, 2019 at 12:37pm — No Comments

This Soca Star Is Hot Property

OVER THE past few months the soca scene has been blessed with quite a few artists making a quick pass through.

Skinny Fabulous and Mr Killa were here earlier in the year, and more recently rising star Nessa Preppy did a 24-hour flyby and not forgetting the Viking Bunji Garlin and wife Fay Ann were here for their carnival band launch a couple of weeks ago.…

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Added by Icom on June 17, 2019 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival Groovy & Power Soca Monarch preliminary qualifiers

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The preliminary round of the Saint Lucia Carnival Groovy & Power Soca Monarch competition,  will be held this coming Sunday 23 June at National Cultural Center, Castries, from 3pm.

The following is a list of artists who qualified:

Groovy…

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Added by Icom on June 17, 2019 at 4:07pm — No Comments

How Afrobeats’ Global Rise is Changing Carnival’s Rigid Genre Conventions

The runaway popularity of African music at Caribbean carnivals has even the soca purists excited.

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It's 5:30 in the evening on a Sunday in Kingston, Jamaica and masqueraders are revelling down Waterloo Road, on the last lap of their day-long Xodus Carnival road march chanting "Are you done talking, tell me baby are you done talking." The…
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Added by Icom on June 17, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Who’s in , Who’s out of Pic O De Crop

Aziza will not be competing in this year's competition

A record 96 entertainers have put forward their names for a chance to take the Pic O De Crop title, the most ever.

Noticeably missing from the list released by the National Cultural Foundation this…

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Added by Icom on June 6, 2019 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Estranged son of soca star embraces dancehall

Dancehall rapper Blu Lyon has an interesting make up. Son of Trinidadian soca star Austin 'Superblue' Lyons, he was born in the United States but raised in Trinidad. He is more connected to dancehall and describes soca as "jump and whine" music; and he speaks in third person, referring to himself as Titan.

Speaking to THE STAR, the artiste expressed a desire to make a positive contribution to…

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Added by Icom on June 6, 2019 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival shut down by police

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Added by Icom on June 6, 2019 at 12:27pm — No Comments

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