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Colour, music and fun in St. David’s

St David’s was a cacophony of colour this morning as thousands gathered to watch and take part in the National Heroes Weekend Parade of Bands.

Soca music pumped out from the main roundabout into Southside all the way to Clearwater Beach where the festivities began.

Band members were dressed in brightly coloured feathers and dazzling jewels for Bermuda’s fourth…

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Added by Icom on June 18, 2018 at 9:07pm — 1 Comment

Review: Machel Montano ‘Pure’ Music Concert

Bermuda Heroes Weekend came alive early Monday morning when soca king Machel Montano graced the stage at Pure.

The annual white fete, put on by Wild Apache Promotions, was set to be the biggest event of the weekend and it certainly lived up to expectations.

Bermuda Carnival or #BHW is now in its fourth year and this is the first year Machel has performed at the…

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Added by Icom on June 18, 2018 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Saint Lucia's Carnival Fete Calendar: Get Ready to Party

St Lucia’s Carnival is almost here and already the vibe is in the air for what promises to be another exciting Carnival.

As we countdown the days to Carnival on July 18 and 19, we are getting our shoes, outfits and energy together for the next few weeks of partying. If you haven’t planned your parties yet or don’t know which party to attend, here is a list of fetes you don’t want to…

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Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:31am — 2 Comments

International Superstars Music Artists Perform at the Hollywood Carnival’s Culture Village Saturday, June 23 @ Hollywood Blvd

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival (LACF)returns, bigger and better than ever! On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles will miraculously transform into a Grand Carnival and Street Extravaganzawith a parade that ends at the Carnival Culture Village.

Soca Music King Machel…

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Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:28am — No Comments

Carnival atmosphere in St James

The final event of this year’s WeBeat St James Live took on a Carnival-like atmosphere with pan music ringing out for most of the night, then a parade of traditional mas characters and finally masqueraders of the Brite Nite Band, parading up and down the Western Main Road on Saturday night.

NGC Couva Joylanders was joy to listen to as the band came to the fore of the amphitheatre playing Sweet Soca Man, and…

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Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:26am — No Comments

7th Los Angeles Culture Festival & Parade- Saturday June 23rd at Hollywood Blvd

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival (LACF) returns, bigger and better than ever! On Saturday, June 23, 2018Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles will miraculously transform into a Grand Carnival and Street Extravaganza with a parade that ends at the Carnival Culture Village.

The Los Angeles Culture…

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Added by Icom on June 11, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

Party With A Purpose: Soca Lovers Help Heal Dominica

THE CLOSING lines of The Last Poets much-celebrated 1970 track When The Revolution Comes make the claim that when the revolution comes, black people far too often just want to “party and b******t”. Think soca music and you might be inclined to envision gyrating hips revved up by pulsating carnival rhythms. Because of this, you may not necessarily think of this happy-go-lucky, vibrant music, originating in Caribbean islands such as Trinidad, St…

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Added by Icom on June 11, 2018 at 1:52am — No Comments

What you didn't know about Destra Garcia

Destra Garcia, known as the Queen of Bacchanal, Destra Garcia has built a large Caribbean following for her energetic performances and catchy songs.

Destra has been performing in Jamaica for years and has been the main feature at Bacchanal Jamaica events. In 2016, she gave soca fans a scare when she fell through a stage in Bermuda and broke her ankle. She has since had surgery and has been performing…

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Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Flow launches Hottest Summer Ever

Things are really heating up with Flow for summer 2018, with the unveiling of the company’s seasonal promotional campaign. The glitzy media launch, including Carnival bands, some of Saint Lucia’s most outstanding musical talent and more, took place on Thursday evening, June 7th 2018, at Flow’s Baywalk retail outlet.

Of course, Flow is Platinum Sponsor of Saint Lucia Carnival 2018. This year, leading up to…

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Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Luton International carnival 2018 review

The 2018 UK carnival season began in style, with Luton International Carnival celebrating its 42nd year on 27 May. Commissioned by Luton Borough Council in partnership with UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA) and Luton Culture, this has become a significant event in the town’s cultural calendar.

Luton International Carnival is now an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for 2018 to…

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Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:06pm — No Comments

St Lucia prepares for ‘Soca Kingdom’ Machel Montano tour

Two of the biggest names in the Caribbean entertainment world will touchdown on the sun-drenched Caribbean island of Saint in what is being lauded as the most anticipated and exciting event this year.

Come Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Saint Lucia will be the first stop in a series of regional and international concerts forming the ‘Soca Kingdom’ tour that features Trinidad &Tobago soca mega-sensation and…

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Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Machel Montano plans to open music program in Belize

Last year September Machel Montano visited Ecumenical High School and promised that he would return for prom.

World renowned Trinidadian soca superstar, Machel Montano, is currently in Belize to fulfill a promise he made to students at Stann Creek Ecumenical to perform at their prom but also, to begin work on establishing a musical program at the institution.

Montano arrived in the country earlier this week, and news of his arrival quickly spread. It was even erroneously…

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Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

From Jazz to Carnival

Patrons at Sunday’s Jazz finale at the Pigeon Island National Park got a two-in-one treat with a carnival showcase following the closing act on the Jazz festival roster.

The carnival showcase featured performances by Dennery kuduro artistes Matta and Migos, Kisha, Shemy J and Nerdy, Big Sea, Hollywood HP, Arthur and the Evalucian Band as well as Shal Marshal and Destra out of Trinidad and Tobago. It offered…

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Added by Icom on June 4, 2018 at 4:43pm — No Comments

Mac 11 ready for Carnival 2018

Saint Lucia`s 2016 Road March King Lance Montoute, popularly known as Mac 11, is ready for Carnival.

So far, the versatile and high energy artist has produced five songs for the 2018 season and he continues to put in late hours in the studio, on target to release an estimated ten songs this year.

His first song “Ready” is the unofficial theme song for Saint Lucia…

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Added by Icom on June 4, 2018 at 4:36pm — No Comments

The Atlanta Carnival

Carnival energy took over the streets of Atlanta, Georgia recently, as Caribbean immigrants and descendants assembled in the southern state to celebrate the festival on Memorial weekend. Trinbagonian DJ extraordinaire, “International Stephen” Phillip and his DSM team staged a grand schedule of six events entitled the Atlanta Carnival Experience (ACE).…

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Added by Icom on June 4, 2018 at 4:35pm — No Comments

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

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