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Saint Lucian artiste Saveion gets international break

It started with “Perfect Body”. A snippet of the 2018 release from Saveion was uploaded to his Instagram page. It was there that a member of Jamaica’s musical royalty heard it and sent the young Saint Lucian artiste a private message.

Fast forward a few months later, and now Saveion is working on his first EP with a legendary Jamaican songwriter and producer.

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Added by Icom on October 19, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Julius launches patriotic soca anthem

“Trinidad” is the refrain to What’s Your Name, the new soca anthem launched by the New York-based artiste Julius (Rodney Julius). “It’s a powerful patriotic song…and it will still have you going in a fete,” said Julius on his recent trip home.

“When Trinidadians the world over listen to this song, it must ignite them to come home for 2020 Carnival, and walk barefeet on the beach in Tobago and eat some…

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Added by Icom on October 19, 2019 at 10:54am — No Comments

Trinidad and Tobago to introduce calypso music as subject in schools

Trinidad and Tobago’s Education Ministry has signed an agreement with the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) for calypso to be taught in schools as part of the visual and performing arts curriculum.

TUCO believes introducing calypso in schools would reduce juvenile delinquency, as well as, improve communication among students.

The collaboration…

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Added by Icom on October 18, 2019 at 10:12am — No Comments

Cardi B Enchants Offset In Dancehall Culture, Living Their Best Lives In The Caribbean

Cardi B and Offset are only listening to dancehall music whole living their best lives in the Caribbean.

Cardi B followed this mantra without fear when she partied in Turks and Caicos with her husband Offset and a few friends. Cardi is a smart girl and knows that a true Caribbean party has to include a few dancehall bangers, especially those for the ladies. She captured a lot of the evening’s proceedings on…

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Added by Icom on October 18, 2019 at 10:07am — No Comments

Barbados Prepares to Ignite the Soca Scene, Kirk Brown Takes Front

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Barbados continues to make its presence felt when it comes to Caribbean entertainment. In the world of Soca, a genre that continues to grow, Barbados’ Kirk Brown is pushing hard ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival 2020 season.

The DJ who’s proven his worth as an artiste, having shared the stage with big names like Rihanna, Shaggy and NeYo, is bent on…

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Added by Icom on October 17, 2019 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Is Rihanna Barbadian or Jamaican? Jamaican Twitter claims the superstar as their own

Yes, the superstar singer, Rihanna, is from the Caribbean island of Barbados, but for a while, some social media users wondered whether she was, in fact, from Jamaica.

Despite talk of regional unity, rivalry among Caribbean islanders is real. On social media, this usually boils down to little more than witty banter, point-scoring and humour, especially on quick-fire Twitter. But when Barbadian Twitter users…

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Added by Icom on October 16, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Nessa Preppy Talks Ragga Soca, Sexuality And Controversy

Nessa Preppy has never been shy to embrace her sexuality and certainly caused a stir with the release of Issa Snack, but all is not what it seems as she explained to me on a recent visit to London

NOTTING HILL and Leeds carnivals are just passed.

Throughout the year in this column I’ve spoken to some of the artists that look like they may have the big songs for…

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Added by Icom on October 15, 2019 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Diverse acts for Creole Culture Fest

Entertainers from Jamaica, Haiti, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and St Lucia, will headline the inaugural Creole Culture Fest which takes place October 18-20 at Miramar Amphitheatre in Florida.

The event is promoted by Madame Gougousse Inc. Performers include KES The Band, Konshens, Nessa Preppy, Nailah Blackman, Klass, Gabel, Roody Roodboy, Rara Lakay,…

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Added by Icom on October 15, 2019 at 2:19pm — No Comments

A Massive Caribbean Carnival Is Coming To Atlanta & It's A Colorful Boozy Block Party

Atlanta is a massive hub for culture and diversity; we love to celebrate with huge events throughout the city every year. From Afropunk to one of the most successful pride parades in the country, there’s something to celebrate for everyone. The Atlanta Caribbean festival in 2020 will be here and will be the brightest and most colorful cultural celebration you’ll see all year.

The 32nd Annual Atlanta…

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2019 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Miami Carnival Brings Caribbean Festivities And An Economic Boost To South Florida

Miami Carnival is a medley of Caribbean culture— waist-winding (or whining) rhythms of soca,  food offerings from various islands and masquerade bands dazzling in colorful and dramatic costumes.

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2019 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Machel Rubs Shoulders with International Celebs. Fans Defend Him

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. One radio personality made a point on Wednesday, of telling listeners that he felt Machel Montano was pretty much acting like a groupie when he attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week. All this because the superstar soca artiste who has collaborated with the likes of Doug E Fresh, Ashanti and Shaggy, had taken and posted a lot of celebrity pics, post event.

Fans are…

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Added by Icom on October 11, 2019 at 4:01pm — No Comments

TT rapper performs at BET Hip Hop awards cypher

Brooklyn-based TT rapper Devyn “Young Devyn” Tyson, who performed at Tuesday’s Black Entertainment Television (BET) Hip Hop awards cypher, was described as shining at the event in a October 8 BET.com article.

She was one of the hip hop cyphers (an informal gathering of rappers, beatboxers, and/or breakdancers in a circle, in order to jam musically together) performing at the award show.…

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Added by Icom on October 11, 2019 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Steel bands, partying, costumes and a parade: Miami Carnival celebrates 35 years

Fall is here. And we are so ready for Miami Carnival.

The 35th annual extravaganza of all things Caribbean — music, food, crafts and culture — comes to the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds Oct. 13. Sunday’s celebrations kick off at 11 a.m. and run through 11 p.m.

“For over 35 years, Miami Carnival has endeavored to be the nucleus of Caribbean culture during every…

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Added by Icom on October 10, 2019 at 9:32am — No Comments

Young Chutney Soca artistes honoured

Young and as­pir­ing Chut­ney So­ca artiste have been told now is the time to hold per­sons in high of­fice, in­clud­ing or­gan­is­ers and stake­hold­ers ac­count­able for their ac­tions.

This came as teach­ers protest­ed yes­ter­day at the Bri­an Lara Prom­e­nade for the de­lay salary nega­tion and forced a low turn out of teacher sup­port at the School’s In­tel­lec­tu­al…

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Added by Icom on October 6, 2019 at 8:48pm — No Comments

'Not sexy enough for Soca' - Aspiring singer told to show more skin

Musical prostitution.

This is how 31-year-old aspiring artiste Sancha Samara Scipio has described her experience trying to break into the soca music industry, after being told by a popular radio DJ that she needs to "post more sexy pictures" and "show more skin" to get recognition.

The mother-of-two posted about her experience on Facebook last week, showing…

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Added by Icom on October 6, 2019 at 8:30pm — No Comments

One Love Festival extends Caribbean music ecosystem to Toronto

A grey cloud was cast over Downsview Park, but no amount of downpour could deter this crowd. It was an idyllic setting: good food, familiar music, family, friends and the warmth of the Caribbean. Dancehall, reggae and soca boomed from the speakers, scoring skank dances and rockaways. For those unable to travel to the Caribbean for soca monarchs or big annual stage shows, One Love Festival was Toronto’s perfect summer…

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Added by Icom on September 30, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Sign Language interpreter aims to make soca accessible to all

In the push to make soca global, artistes and promoters are being encouraged to make their events more inclusive.

An American Sign Language interpreter known as Flinghandz said when we could open up and bring inclusion in, the differences become less and the similarities among us become greater.

Flinghandz has been opening up the world of soca to Deaf and Hard of…

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Added by Icom on September 30, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Cambridge Caribbean festival canceled because ‘reliable intelligence’ suggested a shootout would take place

CAMBRIDGE — Citing a potential for gang violence after bloodshed last week at a Caribbean festival in Boston, the Cambridge Carnival will be canceled this year, breaking a 26-year tradition, organizers said Friday.

Police made the decision to cancel the festival based on “reliable intelligence” that a gang was “planning to use our event as a venue to stage a retaliatory act of gun violence, potentially…

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Added by Icom on September 24, 2019 at 6:45pm — No Comments

Fay Ann, Jaiga and Grenada’s Bad Boys of Soca Team Up For Wicked Collab

‘Famalay’ was the hottest Caribbean collaboration of 2019. Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano and St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous did the most last carnival in T&T, energetically persuading fetters and masqueraders alike, that their collab was the monster of all soca tracks, eventually taking home the coveted Road March title. One season later, Garlin’s wife is challenging the new precedence, having teamed up with fellow Viking, Jaiga and Grenada’s Lil…

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Added by Icom on September 23, 2019 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Carnival 2020 launch on Monday

THE National Carnival Commission (NCC) will be launching Carnival 2020 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Carnival City on Monday September 23 from 6 pm, and it is free to the public. NCC chairman Winston “Gypsy” Peters said that last year the Commission took a decision to launch Carnival the day before the Republic Day holiday and began doing so started it on 2018.

Therefore they are only continuing with that…

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Added by Icom on September 23, 2019 at 7:33pm — No Comments

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