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Two women in particular, from within the soca arena have not only extended congratulations to Barbados' songstress Nikita on her pregnancy but they have shared some bits of advice from their personal experiences with her as well.
When Nikita who is married to Kevin Herbert shared the news on her Instagram on Monday, April 29, 2019, the congratulations and well wishes started pouring in from locals and…Continue
Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:39pm — No Comments
The latest winner of an annual soca completion has been crowned.
Reis VanPutten, popularly known as Ponaflex, captured the Quest for the Best competition for his song Come Out.
The grand prize promotional package — valued at more than $5,000 — includes international airplay, professional photo shoots, and music video production.…Continue
Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:31pm — No Comments
The Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York) has announced that Guyana’s Prime Minister, Moses V. Nagamootoo, will be the guest of honor and at this year’s New York celebration of Guyana’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence from June 2-3, 2019 in Brooklyn. The celebration theme is “Fan the Flame of Guyanese Patriotism”! This is…
Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Soca artist 5 Star Akil will be the lone representative from Trinidad and Tobago at this year's Music Wave festival in Beijing, China.
5 Star, real name Akil Borneo, was specially invited to perform at the Festival which has been staged for 13 years since 2004.
The Music Waves festival is described as an influential holiday event, especially popular with young…Continue
Added by Icom on May 19, 2019 at 6:29pm — No Comments
Machel Montano and Ashanti will headline a concert in Antigua and Barbuda aimed at raising awareness about plastic pollution.
The Play it Out concert was officially launched at the United Nations on Tuesday.
Hosted by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and sponsored by the Government of Norway, the festival will see musicians and artists from around the world…Continue
Added by Icom on May 13, 2019 at 1:42pm — No Comments
The use of the soca versus dancehall theme for the 2019 calendar of fétes has been at a record high. If you check the entertainment diary, you will find two or more dancehall-infused soca events per week.
But Kamal Bankay, chairman at the National Carnival Commission of Jamaica, says that it is the market which dictates what is trendy and popular.
Added by Icom on May 13, 2019 at 1:34pm — No Comments
Vincy Mas 2019 – “Welcome to Soca Land” promises to be a festival filled with innovations at the various shows this season.
The 42nd instalment of the festival was officially launched last Saturday in Victoria Park, following a series of whistle stops on both sides of St Vincent, a junior fete world and a carnival train.
Ricardo Adams, the chairman of the…Continue
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Romeich Entertainment artiste Ding Dong has expressed an undying love for soca music.
The entertainer, who is recognised as one of the groundbreakers of dance music of the dancehall genre, recently crossed over into soca and is creating waves.
Ding Dong was one of the acts featured on I Love Soca on Wednesday at Sabina Park.…Continue
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Two weeks prior to her 79th birthday, Calypso Rose -- who has broken down barriers for women in calypso, soca and other Caribbean genres throughout her 64-year trailblazing career -- will once again make music history. Rose is the oldest artist and the first calypsonian to be booked for a full set at Coachella. Rose will perform on the…Continue
Added by Icom on May 6, 2019 at 6:59pm — No Comments
Carnival season has come to an end, and from the many fetes to the massive, colourful road marches, the spectacle seems to get bigger each year.
With three major bands – Xodus, Xaymaca, and Bacchanal – filled with an estimated 9,000 scantily clad revellers and approximately 40,000 spectators, we can safely say that carnival is not only big business, it’s a staple on the Jamaican entertainment…Continue
Added by Icom on May 6, 2019 at 6:53pm — No Comments
The carnival season in Jamaica climaxed in a colourful spectacle on the streets of the Corporate Area yesterday, with the highly anticipated road march bringing down the curtains on a calendar that had been chock-full of events. The three bands that were part of carnival this year – Xaymaca, Xodus and Bacchanal – chipped down the streets in what many have dubbed the biggest road march in Jamaica’s carnival history.…Continue
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Trinidadian soca sensation Machel Montano has one goal in mind when he delivers his epic performance at St. Maarten’s 50th Carnival celebrations on Friday, May 3. “I want to create history,” Montano told The Daily Herald in an exclusive interview as he prepares for the concert.
“My message to (patrons) is to come out and create this history with us. It will probably be the biggest soca…Continue
Added by Icom on April 21, 2019 at 3:01am — No Comments
Whether one likes it or not, “Turn Me On” by Vincentian Kevin Lyttle is the most successful and influential soca song in recent times.
Veteran sound engineer, historian and university lecturer Dr Cleve Scott made this point last Sunday, as he contributed to a discussion program on We FM.
Scott’s comments came in the wake of widespread debate on social media after…Continue
Added by Icom on April 21, 2019 at 2:58am — No Comments
Soca recording artistes Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Shal Marshall are featured on the recently released rhythm called 'Yard Jam', along with reggae and dancehall entertainers like Beenie Man and Munga Honorable.
The rhythm, produced by one of Trinidad and Tobago's disc jockeys, Travis World, and US-based Billboard-charting producer Jonny Blaze, was specifically created in time for Jamaica's…Continue
Added by Icom on April 15, 2019 at 12:25pm — No Comments
Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, calypso music, or kaiso, is characterised by social or political commentary and/or satirical lyrics sung to ballad-style rhythms. This quickly became the soundtrack of the twin island’s carnival celebrations. As with many Caribbean cultures, various elements of calypso, or its subgenres, soca and ragga soca, have been adapted into other musical genres across the region, and continue to contribute to its…Continue
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Back in 2000, the Charlotte Caribbean Festival Association began showcasing the area’s growing island community with its annual Charlotte Caribbean Festival. Now a new organization — the Charlotte Caribbean Carnival Association — looks to bring the sights, sounds and soul of a weeklong Afro-Caribbean Carnival to Charlotte on June 22-29 during National Caribbean American Heritage Month.
Instead of thinking…Continue
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All across the Caribbean, hundreds of major events are held each year. These events include colorful carnivals and a range of festivals focusing on art, music, food, rum, film, sports, etc. which showcase the Caribbean region’s rich culture and heritage. One of the more popular carnivals is the Antigua Carnival which has been held for over sixty years and brands itself as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.…Continue
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PARIS – Carnival workers have gone on a rampage during a fourth day of protests in the French city of Le Mans over the location designated for an annual fun fair.
The workers are angry that the city relegated fairground space for the carnival to the periphery of Le Mans.
TV channel France 3…Continue
Added by Icom on April 3, 2019 at 5:47pm — No Comments
Epican and Xodus have joined forces to amplify the carnival season. The first event coming out of the partnership, dubbed 'Envyous', will be hosted at Epican Lounge at the Market Place tomorrow.
The mixer kick-starts Xodus' 2019 campaign as it brings revellers together for a one-of-a-kind party event.
Envyous is expected to be a high-energy soca event in…Continue
Added by Icom on April 3, 2019 at 5:37pm — No Comments
AALST, Belgium — In Aalst, a small city northwest of Brussels, the Carnival parade is the main event of the year, where everyone and everything is mercilessly mocked, and drunkenness and a lack of taste are part of the mix.
But this year, floats that the townspeople regarded as…
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