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Icom's Blog – April 2018 Archive (25)

Ding Dong: a crowning moment for new dance king at Carnival

By the end of Carnival in Jamaica this year, the artiste on the lips of many visitors was Ding Dong.

In soca fetes and on the parade route, Ding Dong’s songs, ‘Dweet (Genna Bounce)’, ‘Fling Yuh Shoulda', 'Flairy' and 'Lebeh Lebeh', proved the most popular when it came to moving the crowd with their accompanying dances.

The singer, real name Kemar Ottey, is still…

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Added by Icom on April 30, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival to be promoted in Switzerland

Caribbean Vybez International plans the launch of a Swiss targeted marketing campaign for Trinidad Carnival 2019 titled 'Take Me To Carnival 2019'.

The launch event will be the first J'ouvert-themed concept in Switzerland and held at one of the well-known venues Village Du Soir on May 25. “We wanted to try and increase tourism numbers for the largest Caribbean Carnival and with themed events and…

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Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

Record turn-out expected for Guyana’s 52nd Independence celebration in NY

Organizers say Guyanese pride will be on full display when the New York Diaspora unites for one celebration of Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary of Independence from June 3-10 in Brooklyn.

The celebration will be held under the theme, “Celebrate Guyana to the World.”

Nevlon Duguid, director of communications for the organizing group, Guyana Independence Celebration…

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Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments

Party It Up at Barbados Crop Over Festival (Summer 2018)

The traditional Crop Over festival used to be called, “Harvest Home” and it started on Barbados’ sugar cane plantations. The old-time Crop Over festivals were lighthearted events. They celebrated the end of the sugar harvest…and the end of the hard work involved with bringing in the sugar harvest! The first Crop Over Celebration happened way back in 1687. Today, the Crop Over tradition lives on. If you decide to attend, you’re in for a thrilling,…

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Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:45am — No Comments

Not an ordinary cruise: UberSoca Cruise to host ultimate pump to Haiti

Imagine a soca-fuelled five-day cruise to a beautiful private island with your crew and some of your favourite artists and DJ’s in tow.



UberSoca Cruise is inviting you to do just that from November 1 to 5 aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, set for Labadee, Haiti. Dubbed as the largest soca festival on the seas, UberSoca Cruise is changing the way we think of cruises giving its…

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Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:42am — No Comments

Bunji Garlin and Shenseea's New Remix Is a One-Way Ticket to Carnival

Carnival may be a staple of Caribbean culture, but each country alters it's pulse to their respective rhythm. Over the last few years, the sound of Trinidad's Carnival – known to many as the biggest bacchanal in the West Indies – has had a great exporter in the vocalist Bunji Garlin, a soca singer whose gravelly voice dances against horns and steel pans in a vibrant echo of the slurry, sunny party. Garlin's also seemingly always had his eye on…

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Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:34am — No Comments

Carnival: The Show Goes On – May 4

BAHAMAS Carnival will press on for its fourth year on May 4 with a meagre marketing campaign that has left some group leaders discontent.

#“Public relations is not where it should be,” according to Dario Terrelli, president of the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association.

#“There’s the lack of government involvement and no international marketing. It’s ridiculous…

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Added by Icom on April 20, 2018 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Cayman soca star eyes Jamaican collaborations

Reigning Cayman Islands soca monarch Andrea Rivera came to Jamaica last weekend to participate in this year's carnival.

She marched with the Xodus band. Rivera said she had visited Jamaica twice before but relished this trip.

"Jamaica is such a vibesy place ... In the future I want to work with Jamaican artistes. Vybz Kartel would be a dream, but I love Konshens…

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Added by Icom on April 20, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Caribbean artist breaks his silence as international music heavyweights benefit from Caribbean’s culture and sound

Beyonce Knowles is this month, the talk of the town.

The Internet remains abuzz, singing her praise for a job well done at the recent Coachella music festival, in California. The Caribbean meanwhile, is pretty quiet and one man who’s been a part of the entertainment landscape for some time, thinks there’s no reason why this cultural hub, should ever be quiet.

US…

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Added by Icom on April 20, 2018 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Experience ‘carnival’ at the Ulrich’s spring exhibition opening

Although the weather forecast calls for rain this weekend, the Ulrich Museum of Art is inviting everyone to experience a warmer climate through the music, dance, parade, and pageantry of the Caribbean.

The Ulrich spring exhibition “En Mas: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” opens at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The show…

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Added by Icom on April 19, 2018 at 10:43am — No Comments

Ochi Carnival A Growing Brand

In this steadfast and recently expanded carnival segment of the entertainment industry, aficionados have focused much of their attention on patrons in and around the nation's capital.

However, two event promoters noticed a void and decided to do something about it.

"While the carnival in Kingston was good, people outside of Kingston found it hard to participate,"…

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Added by Icom on April 19, 2018 at 10:40am — No Comments

Soca Detox With Nana's Kitchen

Carnival season in Jamaica has finally elapsed and a sense of normality is beginning to return to the country. After several weeks of non-stop partying, it is imperative for us to get rid of all the excess alcohol that comes with the season. According to Marianna, founder of Nana's Kitchen, which is a plant-based vegan blog & recipe developer, excess alcohol is known to dehydrate the body and overwork the liver. "It may be common to wake up with…

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Added by Icom on April 19, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments

It's Carnival Time in the USVI

Hurricane Maria did not impede the Crucian Christmas Festival, so whoever thought Hurricane Irma would have stalled the territory’s carnival in Charlotte Amalie this year — the U.S.V.I.’s premier cultural event — must not be acquainted with the resiliency of Virgin Islanders, and the reveling spirit indwelling Caribbean people.

Yes, it’s carnival in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and although some activities have…

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Added by Icom on April 18, 2018 at 10:54am — No Comments

First EDM music festival ends on high note

Over 1,000 visitors from Canada and the US decended on Barbados for five-days of non-stop partying and activity at the first ever Vujaday Music Festival – an exposition of house and electronic dance music.

The festival, which ran from April 4 – 8, was held at six unique locations across the island: Nikki Beach in St Peter, Bellevue Plantation and Pirate’s Cove Bay in St Michael, the…

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Added by Icom on April 15, 2018 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Soca fanatic keeps coming back

Although he has never been in the actual parade, O'Neil Smith has been revelling on the sidelines of carnival Road March for the past 17 years.

"I have been to all of the events leading up to Road March but me never buy a costume and join in. But it feels nice to be mixing with the rich every year," he said.

Giving The STAR his best recollections of the soca…

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Added by Icom on April 15, 2018 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Soca opportunities arise for dancehall artistes

Soca and calypso have always been the foundation of carnival in the Caribbean and have always succeeded to trigger a feel-good attitude and put everybody in the mood to support the events of the season.

The…

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Added by Icom on April 12, 2018 at 12:37pm — No Comments

A Trini's view of Carnival in Jamaica

Jumping through the streets of Kingston, Jamaica yesterday with the Bacchanal Jamaica band, I was struck by the sight of something that has almost disappeared from the streets of Port-of-Spain – spectators.

All along the ‘hip strip’, through Halfway Tree and New Kingston, crowds lined the streets, ogling the masqueraders, dancing to the music, following the bands. It reminded me of the reason I fell in love…

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Added by Icom on April 12, 2018 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Jamaica becoming a soca kingdom - Tourism and Entertainment Ministries say Carnival growing in island

Officials within the Tourism and Entertainment Ministries are happy with the growth of carnival in Jamaica, and believe the development will not slow down anytime soon.

Speaking with The STAR during the Road March on Carnival Sunday, State Minister in the Entertainment Ministry, Alando Terrelonge, said having witnessed a strong showing by the three bands this year, he believes the soca scene is poised to…

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Added by Icom on April 12, 2018 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Soca stars find fertile ground in Jamaica's Carnival

As Carnival in Jamaica gets into third gear, the island is seeing an increase in soca stars arriving for the celebrations which culminate on Sunday, April 8.

Among those that have already arrived from Trinidad and Tobago are: Machel Montano, soca’s biggest star, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Kees Dieffenthaller, Linky First and Patrice Roberts.

Shal Marshall,…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2018 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Cayman soca monarch Andrea Rivera heads to Jamaica for carnival

Reigning Cayman Islands soca monarch Andrea Rivera is eagerly anticipating her participation in this year's carnival in Jamaica. 

"I am really looking forward to it, I have my costume and I will be in the Xodus ban;, my costume was gifted to me so I want to bring my Puerto Rican-Caymanian energy to Jamaica!" an excited Andrea Rivera said. 

Xodus Carnival is a…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2018 at 1:03pm — No Comments

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