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A Team Band brings a new sound to Carnival

Although it is no longer the band that backs the artistes in the International Soca Monarch competition, the A Team Band remains the band of choice at other major events. The 14-member band has continued to gain traction within the music industry with lots more on the horizon for the Carnival season and beyond.

“Our very first engagement I remember was at Carnival City in Gulf City Mall in San Fernando,”…

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Added by Icom on February 10, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Who will win Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's 2019 Road March?

When revelers take to the streets each year for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, they do so with a soundtrack. Their playlist is always an energetic mix of that year's hottest soca music hits, but the Road March — the song that is played the most at specified judging points along the parade route — is a title that comes with both a valuable prize package and the prestige of being part of a proud history.

For…

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Added by Icom on February 10, 2019 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Machel, “I’m Not Gay.” Artist Calls Out Media for Misuse of Platforms



Soca heavyweight, Machel Montano put to rest, rumors that have circulated for many years, regarding his sexual preference. The “TocoLoco” singer who recently teamed up with international RnB singer Ashanti on a brand new soca track, appeared on Slam 100.5FM with hosts Jason Williams and Blaze. “I’m not gay,” Montano asserted as he addressed the topic of homosexuality and personal choice, particularly among members of the LBGTQ…

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Added by Icom on February 7, 2019 at 12:09am — No Comments

Do's & Don'ts of Eating During Carnival

There are some sim­ple dos and don’ts that every­one should fol­low when drink­ing. Fol­low­ing these tips won’t on­ly make you have en­er­gy all through the night but, it’ll def­i­nite­ly ease the blow of the morn­ing af­ter hang­over. Our ar­ti­cle in­cludes sim­ple tips that in­volve know­ing your body, sci­ence and a lit­tle bit of com­mon sense.…

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Added by Icom on February 7, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

New generation of soca artistes go Brave with Road March contender

The new generation of soca artistes are known for producing sweet, singable songs steeped in consciousness, social commentary, history and fun, enjoyable lyrics.

But while that groovy music has flourished in Trinidad and Tobago, it finds itself marginalised in other islands and on other stages outside of the country where power soca still reigns.

Tired of seeing…

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Added by Icom on February 6, 2019 at 11:28pm — No Comments

8 experiences you will only have at T&T's Carnival

Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival will officially culminate on March 4 and 5 and will set off another Carnival circuit throughout the Caribbean and the diaspora for yet another year. But with so many Carnivals to choose from and with all basically offering similar events, parties with the same top soca stars and costumes with the same aesthetic, Carnival lovers are spoiled for choice.  If you’re wondering if T&T’s Carnival should stay on your…

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Added by Icom on January 23, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Jamaicans fork out big bucks for Trinidad Carnival

For many Jamaicans the mesmerising pull of soca music is undeniable. It is this same hypnotic force that draws them more than 1,000 miles across the Caribbean Sea to revel in the beats, melodies and excitement that comes with Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, annually.

“For Jamaicans, who are ardent soca fans, Trinidad Carnival is definitely a bucket list item,” said Kandi King, Director of…

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Added by Icom on January 23, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Carnival and the fashion industry

Car­ni­val is se­ri­ous busi­ness in T&T, gen­er­at­ing more than $30 mil­lion in rev­enue an­nu­al­ly.

For cre­ative en­tre­pre­neurs in fields rang­ing from mu­sic to fash­ion and art, this means op­por­tu­ni­ties to build brands and launch em­pires.

Car­ni­val al­so has an im­por­tant ex­port…

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Added by Icom on January 17, 2019 at 1:37pm — No Comments

5 Fashion Trends We’ll Be Seeing This Carnival

What’s the time Mr.Wolf? Bac­cha­nal time! Car­ni­val. A time to wear things you may not usu­al­ly be seen in at any oth­er time of year. A time to show up and show out, if you so de­sire. But, if you need some help fig­ur­ing what’s in and what’s not, then this ar­ti­cle should give you an idea on what’s trend­ing so you can in­cor­po­rate them in­to looks for this sea­son.…

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Added by Icom on January 17, 2019 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Destra back with a bang for Carnival 2019

After treading lightly for Carnival 2018 while her broken ankle healed, Destra Garcia is back with a bang.

The Queen of Bacchanal has been blazing up Instagram with sizzling photos from her recent video shoot for the song ‘Wine of the Century’.

In 2018, she did two videos for…

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Added by Icom on January 14, 2019 at 12:28pm — No Comments

FAY ANN TO OVERSEE SOCA MONARCH

Soca Vi-queen, Fay Ann Lyons Alvarez has been named to oversee this year's International Soca Monarch.

The announcement was made by her uncle, NCC Chairman Winston 'Gypsy' Peters, on Morning Edition today.

An official designation for Lyons-Alvarez has not been…

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

Nailah Blackman Talks The Meaning Behind The Music

She is the soca recording artiste who sings, "sokah till I die, sokah give me life," and she is serious about that. But would you believe that growing up, Nailah Blackman did not like the meaning behind the music of her birthplace?

As the daughter of calypsonian Abbi Blackman and the granddaughter of the proclaimed father of soca, Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman), Nailah was witness to all the makings of…

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Added by Icom on January 8, 2019 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Choc’late Allen: Telling a new Soca story

Choc’late Allen has toured the US and Caribbean sharing her story of our music and this year she’s taking it to a new level, with a new sound and new team.

“I’m homeschooled and that essentially is a defining aspect of my life,” the musician pointed out. “Growing up in a musical family, given the direct link to my dad, it’s one of those things I simply could not ignore. Music is my high, when a song comes…

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Added by Icom on January 8, 2019 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Hilarians fete with soca first ladies

THERE are some fetes that have stamped their place on TT’s Carnival calendar. There is little denying that the annual “Bishop’s fete” is one of them.

This year’s fete will take place on February 2 at Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain.

Le Rouge et Noir –City of Red and Black is the fete’s 2019 theme. The fete’s organising committee the Old Hilarians Association said, in…

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Added by Icom on January 8, 2019 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Chutney Brass is now Chutneyland

CHUTNEY BRASS is now Chutneyland. One of Carnival’s mainstays has re-branded itself for the 2019 season. In a release issued to media, its organisers, Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) said the time had come “when even the biggest and most popular of events must evolve and transition to a higher level. RGP has therefore decided to lay the Chutney Brass Festival to rest and introduce for Carnival 2019 a new and much more dynamic event titled,…

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Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Jah Cure added to cast of Tobago Loves Soca

Jamaican reggae love crooner Jah Cure has been added to the cast of entertainers for Tobago Loves Soca, a new three-night event. 

In a release, TLS promoter Randy Glasgow said Jah Cure is as much a staple to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean’s entertainment circuit as are artists like Machel Montano, Bunji…

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Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Soca Dre gives them pressure

ANDRE JEREMIAH SANDIFORD, 20, touched his family and friends when he rapped at his father’s funeral. His passion for music pushed him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Now, calling himself Soca Dre, he is aiming to make a name for himself in Carnival 2019.

Soca Dre loved to perform as a child. He started singing calypso when he was eight in primary school. With the help of his parents he…

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Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Soca Drome Carnival

The Soca Drome may be a central part of Carnival 2019 as the National Carnival Commission (NCC) moves to incorporate the Jean Pierre Complex parade with the mainstream mas.

NCC chairman Winston "Gypsy" Peters shared this detail with Sunday Newsday as he addressed the perennial concern about routes for Carnival bands. Peters said the issue has been a talking point for the NCC for some time but details are…

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Added by Icom on January 2, 2019 at 2:26pm — No Comments

UberSoca Cruise announces 2019 dates

The UberSoca Cruise team is wasting no time preparing for the ultimate soca experience on the high seas. 

New dates for 2019 have been announced...times two. 

For a second year, there will be two back-to-back sailings, with November 4 to 8 and November 8 to 12, 2019 confirmed for ships one and two, respectively. They are also introducing an alcohol-inclusive…

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Added by Icom on December 27, 2018 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Trinidad And Tobago Remixes Caribbean Christmas Traditions

The twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago is famous for calypso and soca, infectious music that takes center stage during the island's annual Carnival. But during the Christmas season another type of music dominates.

At a sound check for a band that plays old-time instruments, musicians play cuatro, a small, four-stringed acoustic guitar. There are also mandolins, maracas and a box bass, Trinidad's…

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Added by Icom on December 27, 2018 at 12:44pm — No Comments

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