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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

Try Trinidad’s favorite dish this International Doubles Day

Ever tried doubles, Trinidad’s most iconic dish? For the unacquainted, this tasty street food consists of fried dough, chana (curried chickpeas) and relish. It’s often eaten for breakfast, but it’s also perfect for lunch, dinner and… well, literally any other time.

In Trinidad, you can find stands selling doubles pretty much everywhere – and on May 30, it’s time to share the love. Today has been officially…

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Added by Icom on May 30, 2019 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Skinny Fabulous to unleash the power of soca on Rum and Rhythm

NEW YORK, NY – The leading Caribbean food and rum event in New York will be rocking under the power of Skinny Fabulous, the leading Vincentian soca artiste and Trinidad carnival 2019 road march winner, during Caribbean Week New York (CWNY2019).

‘Skinny’ whose real name is Gamal Doyle, will unleash his infectious energy and mesmerising performance skills on Rum & Rhythm, The Ultimate…

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Added by Icom on May 30, 2019 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Queen of Bacchanal to perform at carnival

Destra Garcia, the Queen of Bacchanal, will perform at the Bermuda Carnival.

The soca artist visited Bermuda two years ago for Cup Match Summer Splash, but did not complete her set after she broke her ankle in a fall on stage.

Fans will now get a second chance to see her at the White Party at the National Sports Centre, on June 16.…

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Added by Icom on May 30, 2019 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Soca Queen Alison Hinds, Patrice Roberts to Nikita: Enjoy, cherish it

Two women in particular, from within the soca arena have not only extended congratulations to Barbados' songstress Nikita on her pregnancy but they have shared some bits of advice from their personal experiences with her as well.

When Nikita who is married to Kevin Herbert shared the news on her Instagram on Monday, April 29, 2019, the congratulations and well wishes started pouring in from locals and…

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Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Ponaflex captures soca prize

The latest winner of an annual soca completion has been crowned.

Reis VanPutten, popularly known as Ponaflex, captured the Quest for the Best competition for his song Come Out.

The grand prize promotional package — valued at more than $5,000 — includes international airplay, professional photo shoots, and music video production.…

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Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Guyana PM and Soca Superstar Patrice Roberts to headline Guyana Independence Celebration in NYC

The Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York) has announced that Guyana’s Prime Minister, Moses V. Nagamootoo, will be the guest of honor and at this year’s New York celebration of Guyana’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence from June 2-3, 2019 in Brooklyn. The celebration theme is “Fan the Flame of Guyanese Patriotism”! This is…

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Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

5 Star Akil to represent soca at The Music Wave festival in China

Soca artist 5 Star Akil will be the lone representative from Trinidad and Tobago at this year's Music Wave festival in Beijing, China.

5 Star, real name Akil Borneo, was specially invited to perform at the Festival which has been staged for 13 years since 2004.

The Music Waves festival is described as an influential holiday event, especially popular with young…

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Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Ashanti, Machel Montano to headline Play it Out concert in Antigua

Machel Montano and Ashanti will headline a concert in Antigua and Barbuda aimed at raising awareness about plastic pollution.

The Play it Out concert was officially launched at the United Nations on Tuesday.

Hosted by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and sponsored by the Government of Norway, the festival will see musicians and artists from around the world…

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Added by Icom on May 13, 2019 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Promoters capitalise on soca vs dancehall theme

The use of the soca versus dancehall theme for the 2019 calendar of fétes has been at a record high. If you check the entertainment diary, you will find two or more dancehall-infused soca events per week.

But Kamal Bankay, chairman at the National Carnival Commission of Jamaica, says that it is the market which dictates what is trendy and popular.

“Right…

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Added by Icom on May 13, 2019 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Vincy Mas 2019 launched in ‘Soca Land’

Vincy Mas 2019 – “Welcome to Soca Land” promises to be a festival filled with innovations at the various shows this season.

The 42nd instalment of the festival was officially launched last Saturday in Victoria Park, following a series of whistle stops on both sides of St Vincent, a junior fete world and a carnival train.

Ricardo Adams, the chairman of the…

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Added by Icom on May 13, 2019 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Doing Soca is one of the best decisions in my career – Ding Dong

Romeich Entertainment artiste Ding Dong has expressed an undying love for soca music.

The entertainer, who is recognised as one of the groundbreakers of dance music of the dancehall genre, recently crossed over into soca and is creating waves.

Ding Dong was one of the acts featured on I Love Soca on Wednesday at Sabina Park.…

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Added by Icom on May 13, 2019 at 1:29pm — No Comments

78-Year-Old Caribbean Trailblazer Calypso Rose on Her History-Making Coachella Gig

Rose premieres the new video for "Young Boy."

Two weeks prior to her 79th birthday, Calypso Rose -- who has broken down barriers for women in calypso, soca and other Caribbean genres throughout her 64-year trailblazing career -- will once again make music history. Rose is the oldest artist and the first calypsonian to be booked for a full set at Coachella. Rose will perform on the…

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Added by Icom on May 6, 2019 at 6:59pm — No Comments

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