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Caribbean Cultural Fest to Celebrate 20 Years of Calypso and Soca in NYC

Dance, fete, eat, enjoy is a fitting mantra for Caribbean Cultural Fest. 2019 presented by Virgin Islanders United Inc. This exciting, annual, outdoor Caribbean mega-concert, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The free event spotlights the rich music, food and culture of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. Caribbean Cultural Fest is the largest annual celebration of U.S.V.I. culture and pride in North America and is also a mecca of eastern…


Added by Icom on August 25, 2019 at 1:11am — No Comments

Pre-Carnival Event Will Have Hundreds Working Out To Soca

SWEAT IN the City is bringing its pre-carnival soca fitness extravaganza to London this Wednesday.

Andrea Wallace, the director of the fitness programme with a soca soundtrack, spoke to The Voice about why she’s excited about this year’s event.

“This is our third year now. We have already sold out and expect 250 to attend from all different walks of life,…


Added by Icom on August 25, 2019 at 1:06am — No Comments

Notting Hill Carnival signs up adidas and innocent as first time brand partners

Notting Hill Carnival and its official app providers Second Screen have today announced two of this year’s brand partnerships for the 2019 August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Sports apparel brand adidas and innocent drinks will both have a presence at Notting Hill Carnival 2019, for the first time ever.

Both brand partnerships have been brought by Second Screen, whose…


Added by Icom on August 18, 2019 at 1:08am — No Comments

Trini tech D’Junction App enhances Crop Over

DURING its second year in Barbados, the D’Junction app is poised to offer guidance to Kadooment revellers enjoying the new and expanded route in 2019. The app also has a bonus safety feature that includes a panic button.

“These important features allow masqueraders to maximize their time by being able to navigate directly to the band using an interactive map. For those ‘following’ the bands seeking friends…


Added by Icom on August 18, 2019 at 12:57am — No Comments

Rihanna Blessed Us With an Extravagant Bubblegum Pink Crop Over Costume and We'd Expect Nothing Less

There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Rihanna’s ability to turn out a ravishing look for any occasion. The bad gal, who’s such a fashion maven that she’s become the uncontested queen of the Met Gala (aka the Super Bowl of fashion folks) and the first woman to create a brand at luxury powerhouse LVMH, reminded everyone that she’s the queen of a style statement with her outfit for…


Added by Icom on August 18, 2019 at 12:49am — No Comments

A ‘royal’ Crop Over

Barbados will have pageant queens from Miss World 2018  participating in the Crop Over festivities.

The young ladies who are representing Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Cayman Islands are in Barbados. Miss World El Salvador and Miss World South Sudan are scheduled…


Added by Icom on August 4, 2019 at 2:49am — No Comments

Will topless dancers at Toronto's Caribana trigger controversy, or healthier body image?

The annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival, long known for the revealing costumes worn by its revellers, will be taking that tradition a step further during this Saturday's parade.

For the first time in the event's 52-year history, some of the dancers will be topless.…


Added by Icom on August 4, 2019 at 2:41am — No Comments

Women Are Going Topless At Caribana In Toronto For The First Time Ever This Weekend

Toronto’s annual Caribbean Carnival is about to get a whole lot more risqué. It was revealed this week that festival dancers will be topless at…


Added by Icom on August 4, 2019 at 2:30am — No Comments

Jewels and feathers flood Toronto streets as Caribbean Carnival Grande Parade takes over

After three months of preparation, sometimes working until 2 a.m., Destynee Charles danced and twirled her way onto the stage at the 52nd annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival Saturday, her twinkling, black and silver “mas on the move” costume reaching more than 4 metres into the air.

The performance looked effortless: Charles twirled across the stage before the judges, maneuvering a towering, bedazzled frame…


Added by Icom on August 4, 2019 at 2:30am — No Comments

Call for calypso college

Music producer Eddy Grant believes there should be a calypso college in Barbados.

“I have begged the Government to teach calypso in schools. If you can teach British history, why can’t you know your own? Why can’t you learn how to sing your own?

“You have got the best calypso writer, singer, performer that there has been in the Caribbean since Sparrow in Gabby,…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2019 at 12:51am — No Comments

This feeling, it feel greater than great – Magikal

One year ago, Derron “Magikal” Rouse left Victoria Park with every intention of being a finalist in the 2019 Soca Monarch Competition.

Last Saturday, the 21-year-old left Victoria Park once again, this time as the reigning Soca Monarch.

When the results were announced, it was revealed that Rouse managed to score 425 points with the performance of his hit song,…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2019 at 12:48am — No Comments

A new showcase for Carnival in London

Trinidadian activist and journalist Claudia Jones shot like a comet through London’s grey skies. Her all-too-brief life blazed a trail that others have followed ever since. Notably, she laid the foundations for what was to become Notting Hill Carnival.

The Notting Hill race riots of August and September 1958 had created a toxic atmosphere that needed to be washed away. Along with her colleagues on…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2019 at 12:31am — No Comments

Naycha Kid explains why he’s back in the soca arena

Revelation Unfold (feat. Omari Edwards)

Gospel artiste Junior ‘Naycha K.I.D’ Edwards (K.I.D- Knowledge Increase Daily) has found himself the subject of criticism for setting foot in the Soca Monarch arena again.

At the height of his soca career, Edwards abandoned the soca stage in 2007 and began singing gospel when, by his account, he could no longer resist the tugging of God on his heart.

The artiste told OBSERVER media he has not…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2019 at 12:30am — No Comments

Fierce competition for ’19 Carnival

The Soca & Associates band launch pre-party had been going on for four hours by 8 p.m., Sunday, and not a feather, sequin nor square inch of dayglow fabric had yet appeared on the catwalk at the Unity Sports and Cultural Club in Dorchester.

But for the carnival aficionados who regularly join Boston’s masquerade bands, the wait is half the fun. In the kitchen,…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2019 at 12:26am — No Comments

Jah Bami Releases New Soca Music on SeaSide Villa Riddim

Weaned on the timeless Calypsos of his native Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaican roots-reggae, singer Jah Bami is an unapologetic Caribbean man. Though his recent work leaned heavily toward dub, his latest project is straight soca.

That project is called the SeaSide Villa Riddim, which features songs by a number of artists including Jah Bami, who contributes Soca Trend alongside Ted…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2019 at 12:11am — No Comments

Estelle Curates Successful Evening of Afro-Beats, Reggae, Dancehall and Soca For the 2019 Essence Music Festival

On Friday July 5th, Grammy Award Winning singer Estelle curated an evening of Afro-Beats, Reggae, Dancehall and Soca for the 2019 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.

In its 25th anniversary, the songstress thought it would be the perfect time to merge the standard fans of R&B, Hip Hop, & Soul with fans of Caribbean and African music at the Essence Music Festival.…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

Int'l Bashment Soca 2019 attracts more entrants, countries, women

Organizers of the International Bashment Soca competition, which is in its second year, are keeping the total number of 2019 entries under wraps but they have confirmed that they've hit a new record high, with more women from more countries in the mix as well.

4D Entertainment announced the 25 semi-finalists who will be vying for the public's votes to make it to the Yello International Bashment Soca…


Added by Icom on June 24, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

J’Ouvert – channelling the spirit of Carnival

“Trini Hill” murmured my neighbour as soon as the two old men set up their folding chairs and started bickering over the pricing strategy for their whistles.

Yasmin Joseph’s wonderful play J’Ouvert, at Theatre503 in Battersea, offers many such moments of recognition to anyone who’s ever played mas at Notting Hill, felt the frustration of a queue for overpriced, gentrified food, or encountered a…


Added by Icom on June 24, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Local Soca Artiste Inks Marijuana Deal

Following the release of his carnival hit “Contraband”, local singer, songwriter and producer Kemuel “Karbon Jamz” Stapleton has received a major endorsement from an international marijuana company.

The budding soca artiste has signed his song to Acres Agricultural Canada corporation, as part of their marketing and advertising campaign.

Acres Agri SVG is a…


Added by Icom on June 21, 2019 at 12:42pm — No Comments


VP Records has partnered with Brooklyn based fitness organization FITBK™/FITQB to launch Soca Gold Fitness 2019 right in time for the upcoming release of Soca Gold 2019, out Friday June 21st. The launch will also be celebrated with Soca Gold Live from Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records in Montego Bay on Saturday, June 29th, 2019.

Soca Gold 2019 will feature only the best soca songs of the season, including…


Added by Icom on June 21, 2019 at 12:37pm — No Comments

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