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Mico's Blog – January 2018 Archive (17)

Marzville on a roll

2017 was a whirlwind year for Omar Marzville McQuilkin and this new year promises to be even more splendiferous.

After a successful run during Crop Over 2017 when his hit songs Give It To Ya and Gas It Up respectively made it to the Sweet Soca Finals and Bashment Soca competition, the Richard Stoute Teen Talent alumnus has been busy touring…


Added by Mico on January 11, 2018 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Food & Rum Blends Soul and Grove for an Entertaining Feast

On Sunday, January 14, the Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival will culminate with ‘The Main Course’ at the Pigeon Island National Park. The event will feature sampling booths from some of the island’s best restaurants and the finale competition of the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum Cocktail competition. The entertainment feature for the Main Course will blend the rhythmic sounds of R&B and…


Added by Mico on January 11, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Trinis Making Waves Abroad:Rob Riley proves his love for the Caribbean

Robert Christopher Riley may have been born an American but the Caribbean flows through his veins and he makes no bones about it.

The actor, currently seen in the new Dynasty series as the sexy smouldering chauffeur Michael Culhane, is the son of a Trinidadian mother from Morvant and Bajan father.

Born and raised in Flatbush, New York, he said he was raised in…


Added by Mico on January 11, 2018 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Voice’s year for Love

Two-time International Soca Monarch Aaron “Voice” St Louis hopes his song Year for Love will turn youths away from crime.

St Louis’ hit may be soca but it is commentary in the style of any veteran calypsonian.

“A Year for Love came about because I wasn’t feeling too good coming down last year. With all the crime taking place, I decided to write a song about love,…


Added by Mico on January 11, 2018 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Jamaican artistes encouraged to try soca

As soca continues to grow in Jamaica, more artistes are being encouraged to dabble in the genre. Several industry insiders believe that artistes should not limit themselves to one genre, but should try their hands at as many as they can.

Popular publicist Keona Williams told THE WEEKEND STAR that having seen the rate at which carnival is growing in Jamaica, recording artistes should think about…


Added by Mico on January 9, 2018 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Rain or shine, Panorama goes on

The preliminary round of the judging of the 2018 Panorama for Single Pan bands got off to a late start in the Eastern Region on Sunday afternoon in unpredictable weather.

Players and supporters of Trinidad East Side Symphony came out in brilliant sunshine but were faced with a number of delays that were caused by circumstances beyond their control, including sudden downpours of…


Added by Mico on January 9, 2018 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Notting Hill Carnival think-tank to meet on Sunday

Notting Hill campaign group Reclaim Our Carnival (ROC) will be holding an afternoon of discussions about the event’s future on Sunday 14 January. 

This will not be a large public meeting of the kind held last year; instead, there will be 10 advisory panels, each with six participants. Each panel will focus its discussions on a specific theme. Panel members will then present their conclusions to the rest…


Added by Mico on January 9, 2018 at 9:37pm — No Comments

‘Offensive’ Soca Song Gets Boost After Ban From Carnival Contests in Trinidad & Tobago

With the new year upon them, Trinbagonians are now into the annual Carnival season, which is never without controversy. Two years ago, one Carnival band's portrayal was accused of trivialising the trauma of slavery. In 2017, a popular fete put patrons through a five-step process to buy tickets, which struck some as elitist and discriminatory; the issue of livestreaming and copyright infringement also emerged as a contentious topic.…


Added by Mico on January 7, 2018 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Govt donates $1m to Chutney Soca

Hours after Southex chief executive officer George Singh announced the cancellation of the 2018 edition of the Chutney Soca Monarch competition, the show was tentatively put back on track after Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced a one million dollar allocation to the event.

Addressing a media conference at the Ministry of Finance yesterday evening, Imbert said statements that the ministry had withdrawn…


Added by Mico on January 7, 2018 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Soca in Moka sets pace for Carnival 2018

The recession and the rain did not stop the first all inclusive fete for 2018, as hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, came out to Soka in Moka, held at Trinity College grounds, Maraval on New Year’s Day. The event was organised by the Soca in Moka Foundation.

The absence of signage from the usual corporate sponsors, as well as cups, bandanas, glow sticks and…


Added by Mico on January 7, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Get Down and Dirty at Five of the Messiest Festivals in Europe Read more

Anyone who's ever backpacked knows that things can get messy when you travel.

Messy, clothes-wise. Messy, booze-wise. Messy, packing-wise. Oh, and messy, MESSY-wise.

From flinging tomatoes to snorkelling through bogs, Busabout have collected some of Europe's weirdest, messiest festivals.

la tomatina,…


Added by Mico on January 4, 2018 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Don’t Stop the Carnival: Sonny Rollins and Calypso


Added by Mico on January 4, 2018 at 2:19pm — No Comments

The Trinidad & Tobago Calendar of Events for Carnival 2018

Added by Mico on January 3, 2018 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Female Soca artists talk on being a woman in the industry

The soca industry is such a fast-paced, ever-evolving arena, similar to its artists.

Although the industry is male-dominated, female artists have been holding their own and blazing their own trails over the years. However, the reality is that there are some situations that women face that their male counterparts don’t.



Added by Mico on January 3, 2018 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Patti LaBelle, Lauryn Hill Sign on to St Kitts Music Festival

One of the Caribbean’s hottest music festivals is returning in 2018 with another star-studded lineup.

The St Kitts Music Festival has announced that music superstars Patti LaBelle and Lauryn Hill have already signed on for the event, which will take place June 27 to July 1.

“I am extremely pleased to have such popular artists join the roster for the 2018 St.…


Added by Mico on January 1, 2018 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Carnival’s in the Air. Ladies Night Out Promises Massive Cast and All Inclusive Fun in 2018

What began over a decade ago as a show providing a space for women to let loose and imbibe in soca music without any inhibitions whatsoever, while serving as a platform for soca artistes to showcase their music in an intimate setting, within a huge venue, has over time developed into an internationally sought after mega event.

The Ladies Night Out MEGA Concert (LNO) concert conceptualised by Randy Glasgow…


Added by Mico on January 1, 2018 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Celebrate with Scratcherman Cyril Khamai in January

Known as “the gentle man with a big smile”, Cyril Khamai has been a quiet but ubiquitous presence at Notting Hill Carnival for as long as most of us can remember and he’s still going strong. At the launch of the Calypso Heritage Project on 27 October, there was Cyril once again. As ever, he kept out of the limelight, providing that essential rhythm and lighting up the Tabernacle with his smile. …


Added by Mico on January 1, 2018 at 6:12pm — No Comments

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