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Bunji rubbing shoulders with Zoe Saldana in Milan

While Carnival is heating up, Bunji Garlin is in the cold temperatures of Milan rubbing shoulders with superstars. 

Garlin and his wife, fellow soca star Fay-Ann Lyons, are currently in Milan where they attended the launch of the Campari Red Diaries movie. 

Garlin is a regional ambassador for Campari, an Italian beverage brand that is popular throughout the…


Added by Mico on February 2, 2018 at 2:08pm — No Comments

French Montana to join Machel Monday cast

Moroccan American hip-hop artist French Montana will be one of the stars appearing on stage at Machel Monday.

Machel Montano made the announcement via his Instagram page where he has been releasing details of the cast daily. 

Montana is, so far, the only international star announced on the cast of mainly local and regional soca artistes.…


Added by Mico on February 2, 2018 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Mayor: Don’t pee on people’s walls

Port of Spain Mayor Joel Martinez has asked Carnival patrons not to urinate on people’s walls. He expressed hope that the public conveniences in the city are ready, manned properly and clean. He said at this time a lot more people would be looking to use those facilities.

“We want to urge you we have facilities that are working quite well and not to use the walls of people’s premises and various open areas…


Added by Mico on February 2, 2018 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Police, Womantra says: Don't listen to Machel

YOU might not want to be following entertainer Machel Montano's advice to fete goers to disregarding the police advisory that an unsolicited wine could be a crime.

Police Public Information Officer ASP Michael Jackman reiterated the point he made last week that it is an assault to touch someone without their consent and could lead to arrest.

He also cautioned…


Added by Mico on February 2, 2018 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Soca's hottest producers put new spin on Power Soca with EP

From Left, Kasey Phillips, Jelani "Pops" Shaw and Kit Israel

Power soca has long been seen as the music that fuels the fete and powers the masqueraders on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

But imagine power soca, that is, soca music over 125 beats per minute, as mood music, music you can listen to when you are…


Added by Mico on February 2, 2018 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Soca artistes differ on police warning: Permission to wine

While police are warning people against gyrating on others without permission during the Carnival season, several soca artistes and band leaders shared different views on the police statement.

At the press briefing earlier this week, police public information officer ASP Michael Jackman said it was an assault to touch someone without their consent.

Soca superstar…


Added by Mico on February 1, 2018 at 11:17am — No Comments

Social messages of Soca Kingdom

The anthropologist in me has noted the fervour surrounding Soca Kingdom. My first reaction to the Machel Montano/SuperBlue collaboration was, “Ugh. That’s a hot mess. It’s not my favourite Machel or SuperBlue soca.

Of course, like all Machel and SuperBlue songs, Soca Kingdom slowly but surely grew on me. I note the energy of the song every time I listen to it. Much of that energy comes from the frantic…


Added by Mico on February 1, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Countdown To The 2018 Wazobia ‘SOCA’ Carnival

The Ogbonge radio station, Wazobia FM, is back with its rich cultural and colourful carnival. Wazobia FM is holding nothing back at this year’s carnival tagged Soca in Naija.

Over 5000 people from all walks of life are expected to converge on the 3rd and 4th of February for the two-day carnival which will feature performances from some of Naija’s biggest artistes- Ice Prince,…


Added by Mico on January 31, 2018 at 5:20pm — No Comments

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The New Soca Sound Making Big Noise In 2018

THERE IS a lot of love for the Eastern Caribbean here at BrukOut HQ. I’m very proud of my Dominican roots, and we have two St Lucians on board, who fly the flag for their island with fervent vigour.

Over the last 18 months or so, one of the team, Nick, has consistently brought up the emerging style from St Lucia called Dennery Segment. For those who are unfamiliar, Dennery is a town on the east coast of the…


Added by Mico on January 28, 2018 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Creativity Needed

It is tempting to conclude that the Merry Monarch’s reign this year will be far from merry given the State’s announcement of cuts across the board. However, while many stakeholders will no doubt be adversely affected by both a reduction of taxpayer funding as well as reduced ticket receipts, the lean times are not all doom and gloom. The reduced funding is actually an opportunity for stakeholders to prioritise and to devise more creative ways of…


Added by Mico on January 28, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

22-yr-old producer takes ‘Soca Kingdom’ by storm

At 22, Travis Hosein's hypnotic beat for Machel Montano and Superblue’s ‘Soca Kingdom’ is already taking the Carnival world by storm.

Hosein, a radio DJ with Slam 100.5FM, created the beat and music for Soca Kingdomalongside Montano, Superblue (Austin Lyons), and writer Joseph Figueroa.

Hosein and Figueroa are the ‘young blood’ of the local…


Added by Mico on January 27, 2018 at 12:12am — No Comments

11 selected to battle Voice for Soca Monarch title

Eleven artistes have been selected to go up against two-time Soca Monarch Aaron "Voice" St Louis for the 2018 title. 

The eleven were announced on Friday after competing in the semi-final on Thursday night at the Grand Stand of the Queen's Park Savannah. 

The finalists will compete for the first prize of $300,000. Second prize and third prizes are $200,000 and…


Added by Mico on January 27, 2018 at 12:08am — No Comments

Playing White for Carnival

The guerrilla mas band Vulgar Fraction returns to Carnival with a presentation called Playing White. Robert Young, bandleader and designer of the Caribbean fashion brand The Cloth, is intent on bringing masking back to mas.

“Mas is masking. The tradition of masquerade is about becoming something else other than yourself,” Young said in a media release.



Added by Mico on January 27, 2018 at 12:03am — No Comments

Carnival Pop Up – it’s not all about fetes

Feteing and the Monday and Tuesday masquerade are often the main part of Carnival for many. But there are Carnival-type events, for non-feters. The Fashion Arch Gallery is presenting one such event.

Tomorrow, the brand consulting agency will host Carnival Pop Up at 51 Degrees, Cipriani Blvd, Port of Spain. The Fashion Arch Gallery is the event arm of Fashion Arch, the brand consulting…


Added by Mico on January 27, 2018 at 12:00am — No Comments

M·A·C Cosmetics launches exclusive Carnival collection in Trinidad

Makeup giant M·A·C Cosmetics has launched an exclusive Carnival pro collection, specially designed with masqueraders in mind.

The collection was unveiled at a private launch the M·A·C Store in West Mall on Thursday, with Nailah Blackman serving as the face of the new Carnival collection.…


Added by Mico on January 26, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Bunji Garlin Remixes Big Bad Soca With Shenseea

Campari brand influencers Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarez) and Shenseea (Chinsea Lee), have collaborated right in time for the peak period of Trinidad & Tobago’s 2018 Carnival season with a remix to her 2017 hit single “Big Bad Soca”.

The VP Records released remix was produced by Anson Pro, and is the first time that two have collaborated musically. The female dancehall sensation featured on the track has been…


Added by Mico on January 24, 2018 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Machel, SuperBlue rule Soca Kingdom

Road March royalty Machel Montano and SuperBlue (Austin Lyons) have collaborated on a new track called Soca Kingdom which may see Machel reclaiming his crown and SuperBlue returning to the throne after five years.

The three minute, 22 second video of the song was posted on Machel’s YouTube channel on Friday and has received more than 145,000 views and the comments were almost unanimously positive,…


Added by Mico on January 24, 2018 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Details of Dominica’s Carnival announced

The Official Media Launch of Dominica’s Carnival – Mas Domnik 2018, which took place last Friday, placed the minds of Dominican patrons and visitors alike, to comfort, as details of what is expected to be one of the most traditionally spontaneous Carnivals were made available to the public.

Post Hurricane Maria, many Dominicans have set out to rebuild and reaffirm relationships with a determination that…


Added by Mico on January 22, 2018 at 4:51pm — No Comments

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