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University of West Indies commissioned to complete Carnival impact study

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — A study aimed at understanding the real impact of Carnival to the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis will be commissioned by the Department of Culture through the University of the West Indies (UWI), according to Acting Minister of Culture, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton during the recent opening of Sugar Mas 47.

“You will not see everything in dollar terms, so you need…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:16am — No Comments

Keep Carnival style out of Christmas Parang music

Chairman of the National Nine Mornings Committee Michael Peters is calling for local artistes who produce parang music to stick to the Christmas script.

Peters told SEARCHLIGHT on Wednesday that many soca artistes, calypsonians and other singers are making the transition with their music from Carnival to Christmas, but when they do so, they are not leaving Carnival behind.…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:14am — No Comments

Dancehall Being Embraced In Carnival

The 2019 Carnival season has officially begun. With all three bands in the island expected to roll out their costumes before the end of the month, the soca scene is heating up. As Jamaica gets ready to be transformed into a soca kingdom, the battle lines between soca and dancehall have again been drawn. However, this time, the discussion involving both genres, surrounds how much dancehall has grown in the carnival space.…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:12am — No Comments

New Carnival Band To Start A 'Rebellion' - Soca Monarchs To Launch Revolutionary Band In Jamaica Carnival

Carnival has been defined in many ways. The word has been used to describe a celebration of culture, an explosion of colour, and an expression of freedom in the guise of a festival. For the newest band on the block One World Rebellion or Rebellion for short - it's all that and more.

The band is spearheaded by soca monarchs and recording artistes Fay-Ann Lyons and her husband, Bunji Garlin, out of the…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:08am — No Comments

30+ new fetes to debut for Carnival 2019

You know Carnival is in the air when the first edition of the fete calendar drops.

Copies are made and posted on your office wall so you know at a glance which pump you and the crew are heading to. Whatsapp groups start buzzing about who's organising the maxi. Old "friendships" are rekindled with that one committee friend who has all the links. 

We have a long…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 10:57am — No Comments

Dominican Bouyon star looks to T&T Carnival

Grenada's Jab Jab music, St Lucia's Dennery Segment and Barbados' Bashment Soca have all succeeded at some point or the other in finding a place in Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival.

Now, Bouyon stars from Dominica are eyeing the T&T market with hopes of establishing their genre of music here.…

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Added by Icom on November 23, 2018 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Lucian Motto expands repertoire with T&T 2019 Carnival riddims

He has made his name as the premier producer for St Lucia’s Dennery Segment but Lashley Winter, known in the biz as Motto, doesn’t want to be pigeonholed.

That’s why he will be releasing two groovy soca riddims for Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 Carnival.

“I don’t want soca audience to be used to me just doing Dennery Segment and slack vibes. I want to broaden…

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Added by Icom on November 23, 2018 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Five Questions To Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

Trinidad and Tobago soca songstress Fay-Ann Lyons makes it her duty to continue the legacy of her father - veteran calypsonian Superblue. Having been exposed to music from childhood, her passion to create and share that love for her culture came naturally. As a singer, songwriter and fitness aficionado, Lyons has broken a number of barriers and bridged a few gaps in the soca community, being one of the few female twin-island entertainers to win the Carnival Road March crown more than… Continue

Added by Icom on November 23, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Carnival 2019: Soca Brainwash sells out, Central Bank cancels fete

While one Carnival fete is already sold out online for 2019, another popular fete will not be on the calendar as it has been cancelled.

On Tuesday, DJ Private Ryan’s fete Soca Brainwash sold out within hours after tickets went on sale.

However, many patrons, as in previous years, complained about the ticket site, Ticket Gateway, crashing under the volume of…

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Added by Icom on November 21, 2018 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Touch Vodka to make its debut at Trinidad Carnival

There’s a new vodka brand set to hit Caribbean shores just in time for Carnival.

Touch Vodka is an award-winning vodka brand that has mastered the ability to fuse intricate festive mixes and is made from honey. It's manufactured by Fat Dogs Spirits, a craft distillery located in Florida. 

Dubbed as the “liquid aphrodisiac,” the line features one…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Touch Vodka to make its debut at Trinidad Carnival

There’s a new vodka brand set to hit Caribbean shores just in time for Carnival.

Touch Vodka is an award-winning vodka brand that has mastered the ability to fuse intricate festive mixes and is made from honey. It's manufactured by Fat Dogs Spirits, a craft distillery located in Florida. 

Dubbed as the “liquid aphrodisiac,” the line features one…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Windrush: A Celebration review – a devastating carnival with black music

Barbican Hall, London

Curated by Anthony Joseph, this London jazz festival event offered a powerful mix of reggae, soca, Afrobeat, soul, jazz and the written word, with a strong undercurrent of righteous anger.…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Antigua Carnival 2019 Launch

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the National Festivals Commission held a launch event for Antigua Carnival 2019 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London on Thursday 8 November. The occasion served as an introduction to Antigua Carnival, the 10 day celebration that takes place from the end of July until the beginning of August and is billed as, “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival”.…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New ‘surprising events’ planned for Sugar Mas 47

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- Plans have been announced to enlarge St. Kitts and Nevis Sugar Mas 47 to include the usual popular events, such as beauty pageants and calypso shows and add activities that cater to all groups in society have been announced by Chairman of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival Committee Noah Mills.

“Fringe activities make up a very important part of Carnival…

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Added by Icom on November 15, 2018 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Ready Up Tobago! 2019 Is Your Epic Carnival Year! Here’s Why….

As public outcry intensifies for Trinidad and Tobago’s government to diversify the economy and place a bit more emphasis on Tourism, and brand Tobago, one promoter is doing his part to ensure the world knows that Tobago is an amazing destination, worth…

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Added by Icom on November 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Chutney Soca is on for 2019

EARLIER this year, the apparent cancellation of the Chutney Soca Monarch caused a national stir. The event, however, did happen, crowning winners Nishard Mayrhoo and Neval Chatelal.

Southex CEO George Singh, the organiser of Chutney Soca Monarch, says come Carnival 2019 he is confident that it will get the support needed for the event to happen. Singh spoke to Newsday at the launch of UWI Fete 2019 on…

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Added by Icom on November 15, 2018 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Beenie Man headlines ‘Sound Invasion’

Reggae and dancehall superstar Beenie Man will headline tonight’s Pirates Week street dance downtown on Harbour Drive.

The Grammy award-winner is part of this weekend’s Waterfront Sound Invasion, a Caribbean showcase featuring artists from the local and international stage.

Hailed for such hits as “Who Am I,” “Girls Dem Sugar,” and the duet with Janet Jackson…

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Added by Icom on November 9, 2018 at 3:03pm — No Comments

St. Maarten signs two-year agreement with Ubersoca

SCDF President Alston Lourens with Anguillian student Sandrena Harris (in front of him) as she receives her prize from Claudia Arrindell of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. Many other St. Maarteners are also in the photo.

 ~ Anguillian in UK wins first trip to Carnival 50 ~

 PHILIPSBURG/MIAMI--The official St. Maarten team consisting of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) and St. Maarten Carnival…

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Added by Icom on November 9, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Machel Montano gets his doctorate {VIDEO}

Trinidad: Honorary doctorate for soca king Machel Montano Machel Montano can now add doctorate to his long list of awards.

The soca king, who has been performing for 37 years, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

Montano said he felt great, honoured and humbled to be a recipient of the Honorary degree. 

In the presence of his close friend Anthony Chow Lin On, girlfriend…

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Added by Icom on November 9, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Shadow remembered for presence, masterful lyrics

The death of Winston Bailey, the Shadow, sent shockwaves throughout Trinidad and Tobago and in particular the soca and calypso fraternity.

Shadow passed away on Monday morning after suffering a stroke over the weekend. The man who gave us memorable classics such as ‘Bassman’, ‘Dingolay’, Yuh Looking for Horn’ and ‘Stranger’ among several others, has been remembered for being a master storyteller, good…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2018 at 1:09pm — No Comments

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