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Icom's Blog – October 2018 Archive (12)

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

Problem Child is Winning and The Soca World is Watching. Artist Expresses Curiosity!

He’s one of the Caribbean’s most humble talents but ahead of the Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent born songwriter and artist, Problem Child is prepared to show the world just what he’s got, recently explaining to EBUZZTT exclusively that he’s got a very smart strategy that he cannot reveal just yet, but one that will certainly be recognised as time rolls on. Today, the singer celebrates his birthday.…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Scrunter is back with new soca parang

Scrunter is back.

The undisputed king of parang soca is back with a new Christmas song.

The song, 'Santa is the Sanitary Inspector,' tells the story of how people frantically clean up their homes for Christmas and positions Santa Claus as the inspector who approves their work.

Scrunter revealed the new song when Loop…

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Added by Icom on October 19, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Destra Is The 21st Century's Liberator Of Revelry

It's not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to the traditional popular music canon, and to do more than that, too: to stimulate conversation about how hierarchies emerge and endure. This year, Turning the Tables considers how women and non-binary artists are shaping music in our moment, from the pop mainstream to the sinecures of jazz and contemporary classical music. Our list of the 200…

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Added by Icom on October 19, 2018 at 11:59am — No Comments

SUN, SEA AND RUM: BARBADOS FOOD AND RUM FESTIVAL

In late autumn, when memories of Europe’s scorchingly hot summer are already fading, Barbados is going to look a very tempting prospect. From 18 to 21 October the island nation will welcome local and international visitors to the 9th Annual Food and Rum Festival. What better way could there be of celebrating the start of European winter than by escaping to the land of flying fish for a magical four-day extravaganza in the culinary capital of…

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Added by Icom on October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

10 Festive Costumes We Loved At Miami Carnival 2018

Every year during Miami Carnival over 18000 participants and performers line the streets of Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds on the Sunday preceding Columbus Day and fete from sun up to sun down. This year was no different, as masqueraders hit the road to play mas, and they sure looked good while doing it.

One Island Band’s beautiful costumes were an exceptional Carnival installation inspired by ice…

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

5Star soca in Japan

THE number of soca artistes expanding TT’s indigenous musical artform in the Japanese market continues to grow. This time Akil “5Star Akil” Anthony Borneo raised TT’s flag at Japan Soca Weekend from September 14-17.

Crystal Cunningham, 5Star Akil’s manager, in a release to Newsday said Japan Soca Weekend, which launched in June, invited the singer to “provide a cultural performance at Island Nations, one of…

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2018 at 1:56am — No Comments

Jimmy October is adding his own spin to calypso [VIDEO]

L’shun Emmanuel represents a new wave of artists from the Caribbean. The 23-year-old from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, more widely known as Jimmy October, blends the upbeat and narrative-driven genres native to his country with influential ones from abroad to create a signatured, textured, and cinematic sound that he calls New Calypso. “I try to mix a little bit of calypso, a little bit of soca, a little bit of R&B, and a little bit of…

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2018 at 1:30am — No Comments

Good Vibes Aboard The First Ever Afro Soca Cruise. Erphaan, Slaughter, Turner, Problem Child All Impress.

There’s something about Caribbean people’s strong desire to share the culture of these parts with the world. For Juliana Fermin and her team of just a few, the passion to showcase the beauty of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension, the Caribbean’s culture, is unparalleled. …

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2018 at 1:30am — No Comments

Mas Revolution, Antiguan style

All seasoned, newer and potential masqueraders are painfully aware that mas has become a pretty expensive proposition. From Carnival Loans in Trinidad to the first £1000 costume in London, those reminders are everywhere. There are always cheaper options, and cheaper bands – although that’s relatively speaking – but there’s only one direction of travel, and we know that’s unlikely to change.

What began in…

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Added by Icom on October 2, 2018 at 7:13pm — No Comments

A First Timer’s Guide To Visiting Miami Carnival

For those who are attending Miami Broward Carnival for the first time this October, here’s your guide to all of the food, fun and fetes that the festival has to offer.…

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Added by Icom on October 2, 2018 at 7:04pm — No Comments

It’s time for Carnival in Miami! Here’s how to celebrate this Caribbean party right

Yes! So shelve all your upcoming plans, because it’s on. The Carnival countdown has begun.

The annual Caribbean Carnival season culminates with one of the largest cultural spectacles in North America right here in the Magic City on Sunday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds.

Miami Carnival is a kaleidoscope of Caribbean colors and cultures.…

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Added by Icom on October 2, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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