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Bacchanal Jamaica April 23rd 2017 [VIDEO]

The roadmarch in Jamaica traditionally starts around 9am at the national stadium and ends at about 7pm at the start location, Bacchanal Jamaica Mas Camp, located at the stadium. The parade usually has a few thousand participants and tens of thousands of spectators along it’s route.

Our costumes are all traditional bikini, beads and feathers as we have no long traditions or history as it pertains to carnival.…

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Added by Mico on March 25, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Everything you missed at the Cape Town Carnival 2 Weeks ago [VIDEO]

In case you got too busy and didn’t catch up on all the fun at the 2017 Cape Town Carnival, don’t worry because we got you covered. The 8th Annual Cape Town Carnival took place this past weekend. The theme of the carnival was Amaza Ocean Odyssey.



The parade kicked off after the Mayor of Cape Town declared it open by cutting a ribbon. Speaking on the…

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Added by Mico on March 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Top 10 Tips for Mas Newbies

  • The most important tip I can give to you is to plan ahead. From your flight, hotel, band/costume, fete tickets and local transport… you MUST plan well in advance to not only get discounted prices (flight, hotel etc) but to ensure that you secure tickets for fetes, costumes etc. Start as early as June/July of the previous year. So if you plan on going in 2018, start June…
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Added by Mico on January 18, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Who Invented Soca?

Carnival season on the Caribbean island of Trinidad boils down to one thing: fresh soca music. Consider it Red Bull for your ears, or music with a purpose.

"The intention of the energy of soca music is to really uplift people; really make them smile; keep them happy; make them celebrate even in the toughest times," says Machel Montano, soca's biggest star. "The economy is down…

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Added by Mico on September 1, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Michael Jackson's former Doctor at Trinidad Carnival

Conrad Murray -- Michael Jackson's former doctor who went to jail for his death -- is now enjoying the finer things in life ... like dancing with his hot girlfriend at Carnival.

Conrad was raised in Trinidad so he's reveled in the festivities before, and his longtime lady, Nicole Alvarez, was by his side.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and…

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Added by Mico on March 8, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

DJ Private Ryan's Story

In 2006, a young student named Ryan Alexander uploaded a mix of soca tunes to Facebook from his dorm room in Miami, Florida. Today, the 33-year-old is known as Private Ryan to the global soca community and 80,000-plus followers who faithfully stalk his…

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Added by Mico on March 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Take a look at Cayman Islands Carnival in April/May 2017 [VIDEO]

Launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and now in its 32nd. year,Cayman Carnival Batabano – the island’s national carnival – is held annually during the first week of May – a vibrant highlight in the island’s entertainment calendar, organized by a volunteer committee chaired for past 15 years by well-known local impresario Donna Myrie-Stephen. The carnival has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s inception, and now also includes a Junior carnival.…

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Added by Mico on March 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Experience Life for St. Maarten Carnival this April [VIDEO]

The mere mention of the words lifts one’s spirit and fills residents and visitors alike with feelings of excitement for the Caribbean’s longest annual festival. At three weeks in duration, St. Maarten’s Carnival attracts hundreds of tourists to, as Carnival’s slogan suggests, “Experience Life”, the St. Maarten way. To “play mas” and be part of a festival that is comprised of colorful…

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Added by Mico on March 17, 2017 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Tampa Bay Carnival in Florida on April 22nd, 2017 [VIDEO]

Each spring, Tampa Caribbean Festival Inc welcomes visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits, crafts, top-name entertainment and vendors, a street parade, a Jouvert morning experience, a Steelpan Jamboree, an amalgamation of Carnival Music, MultiMedia and family with glorious atmosphere and high-stepping masquerade…

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Added by Mico on March 17, 2017 at 1:17pm — No Comments

1997 Calypso Monarch Winner "Gypsy" on Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

While Carnival stakeholders are saying that Carnival 2017 was a resounding success, veteran calypsonian and former Minister of Arts and Culture Winston “Gypsy” Peters has an opposing view-it's dying, and fast.

Gypsy, 1997 Calypso Monarch winner and who successfully defended his national Extempo title at this year's Kaisorama extravaganza, said that Carnival has not only lost its appeal, but also its…

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Added by Mico on March 4, 2017 at 1:55pm — No Comments

A Guide how to deal with your Ex on Carnival

Carnival! The most wonderful time of year! Friends, family and acquaintances unite, and blissfully fete for days and nights on end, creating a slew of wonderful memories that culminate in the greatest show on earth.  We wait all year to enjoy the latest soca hits, throw on our sexiest outfits, link up with our besties, and of course, show off our hard work in the gym Monday and Tuesday.  What could possibly go wrong?  What could possibly interrupt this…

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Added by Mico on December 6, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Cape Town Carnival March 18, 2017 [VIDEO]

This Year's Theme

The Cape Town Carnival theme is AMAZA! ~ Ocean Odyssey.

From sunny beaches, rock pools & seashells, surfers and sunshine, to our place at the confluence of two oceans: The Atlantic & Indian Oceans. The Ocean is a world of possibilities. Beyond turbulence and uncertainty, there’s hope & smooth sailing. Go…

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Added by Mico on March 13, 2017 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Caribbean Fever: Top 10 Soca Songs Of 2016

10. Know The Face - Marvay…

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Added by DJ Trends on December 21, 2016 at 12:12pm — No Comments

CALYPSO ROSE wins World Album of the Year at French ‘Grammys’

GLOBAL STAR: Calypso Rose (Linda McArtha Monica Sandy-Lewis) reacts after receiving the Best World Music Album award during the 32nd Victoires de la Musique, the annual French music awards ceremony, yesterday at the Zenith concert hall in Paris, France. —Photo: AFP

The first woman to win the Road March and Calypso Monarch titles, Linda McArtha Monica Sandy-Lewis, better…

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Added by omar on February 11, 2017 at 1:10am — No Comments

Soca Zumba at Flow Creative 2017

The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the People’s Republic of China has teamed up with the creative geniuses at Flow Creative to host the event “Soca Zumba” on February 25, 2017, at Flow Creative above CARAVAN Restaurant on Guanghua Lu.

The purpose of this unique event was to introduce Trinidad and Tobago’s soca music to the vibrant and dynamic Beijing fitness and healthy lifestyles…

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Added by Mico on March 5, 2017 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Carnival over, Jazz Time now [VIDEO]

The action and excitement of Carnival 2017 is only just beginning to fade into memory, but the local entertainment scene remains buzzing with creative activities, concerts, networking events and festivals lined up throughout the second quarter of the year. 



One such upcoming event will commemorate over a decade of success in showcasing the many talented jazz musicians of Trinidad and Tobago and indeed, the…

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Added by Mico on March 12, 2017 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Portela Samba School Crowned Champion of Rio Carnival 2017 {VIDEO}

Portela, one of Rio de Janeiro’s best-known samba schools, has been crowned the champion of this year’s Carnival parades. This is the school’s first winning title in 33 years, earning a score this year of 269.9 points with an allegorical story about the importance of water and its relationship to human life.

Portela performing in 2017's samba parade competition, photo by Raphael David/Riotur. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro, Samba Schools, Carnival, Carnival 2017, Samba parade competition, Grupo Especial, Portela, Portela Samba School, Champions Parade, Special Group

This is Portela’s 22nd title in its 93-year history, making it Rio’s most…

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Added by omar on March 4, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Machel dethroned as Road March king - MX Prime's mega hit storms to victory {VIDEO}

The Ultimate Rejects. Their song was played 556 times

The three-year reign of Soca superstar Machel Montano is over. The band Ultimate Rejects has won the Road March 2017 title with their smash hit “Full Extreme”.

The song ruled the stage as it was played a total of 556 times, solidifying predictions that it would be the anthem for…

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Added by omar on March 3, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Haiti Carnival 2017

Haiti’s three-day Carnival festivities have brought rum-fueled parties, imaginative costumes and high-energy dance music to a southern city that’s still recovering from last year’s punishing Hurricane Matthew.

Revelers have danced and sang their troubles away for three days in Les Cayes, the biggest city in the southwest region slammed by the Category 4 hurricane in October. President Jovenel Moise decided to hold…

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Added by Mico on March 1, 2017 at 3:56pm — No Comments

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