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Carnival visitors receive welcome reception at Piarco Int'l Airport

Scores of persons visiting Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival 2019 received a warm welcome at the Piarco International Airport on Wednesday.

The Airports Authority, Tourism Trinidad Limited, Caribbean Airlines and the National Carnival Commission joined together to stage a welcome reception for visitors.

Arriving visitors were greeted at the International Arrivals…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:51pm — No Comments

New Band of the Year category surprises bandleaders

Some bandleaders have expressed surprise over the new Overall Band of the Year title.

Bandleaders of The Lost Tribe, Tribe, Ronnie and Caro and K2K have all expressed surprise over the new category which was won by K2K.

K2K is the winner of the Medium Band category.

According to the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:49pm — No Comments

More than 200 fetes: Best season ever, says promoters

Despite an economic downturn in the country, Trinidad and Tobago appears not to lack for entertainment or an active night life scene as 2019 saw more than 200 fetes for the Carnival season.

The Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association (TTPA) has hailed Carnival 2019 as one of the most successful festival seasons to date.

As a cosmopolitan society, Carnival…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Shorter Trinidad and Tobago Carnival from 2020?

The National Security Ministry in Trinidad and Tobago is looking into having earlier cutoff times for Carnival festivities to ensure the safety and security of citizens.

The suggestion to have an earlier conclusion of Carnival Tuesday festivities follows a decision by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to order the premature end of this year’s recently concluded celebrations along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook,…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:38pm — No Comments

More criticism for Mr Killa over Soca Monarch win

On the heels of criticism from chutney singer Nermal "Massive" Gosein, another person is taking issue with the awarding of the 2019 Power Soca Monarch title to Grenada native Mr Killa. 

Mr Killa (Hollis Mapp) won the title on Friday night after performing his hit song "Run Wid It" to an enthusiastic crowd.

Despite an outpouring of…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Lil Kim, Mya, & Chilli Are Sizzling In Trinidad For The Carnival Festival In The Caribbean

In addition to turning up, the ladies may have also been filming their new VH1 show.



It's Carnival season in Trinidad, and songstress Mya made her way to the island to join in on the festivities. The singer posted photos of her Carnival fit on Instagram and the golden-winged and crowned ensemble made her fans' jaws drop. "Thank you Trinidad!," Mya wrote on Instagram.…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Cops able to keep Carnival 2019 safe Griffith lauds Famalay effort

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young yes­ter­day laud­ed the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice for their ef­forts for Car­ni­val, say­ing they achieved an ap­prox­i­mate­ly 95 per cent of­fi­cer turnout which con­tributed to this year’s safe Car­ni­val.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter vis­it­ing the So­cadrome at the Jean Pierre Com­plex, Mu­cu­rapo, yes­ter­day, Young…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ashanti Lived Her Best Life At Trinidad Carnival And We're Absolutely Jealous

Carnival in Trinidad is a vibe, and from the looks of it no one had a better time at the annual event this year than Ashanti.…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Cops flood beaches for Carnival

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein says there will be a heavy po­lice pres­ence at all ma­jor beach­es dur­ing the Car­ni­val sea­son, start­ing from yes­ter­day and end­ing Ash Wednes­day.

Say­ing not every­body cel­e­brat­ed Car­ni­val, Ho­sein said many fam­i­lies across T&T spend their Car­ni­val at camps and on coast­lines across the coun­try. “We want…

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Added by Icom on March 1, 2019 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Carnival occupancy high but annual rate declining

HOTELIERS in Port of Spain are reporting high occupancy for Carnival but the annual overall decline has some small operators considering closing down, reported Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) CEO Brian Frontin.

The THRTA, in a release, said hotel-room occupancy for Carnival 2019 for member properties in Port of Spain was 100 per cent for larger properties (100 rooms and over)…

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Added by Icom on March 1, 2019 at 4:08pm — No Comments

TTPS: No drones in Port of Spain for Carnival

The public is reminded that the use of camera drones in Port of Spain and other no-fly zones is prohibited.

In a statement, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said that the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority has designated specific no-fly zones as per Regulation 19 of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority Regulations for general drone operators.…

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Added by Icom on March 1, 2019 at 4:07pm — No Comments

This Grammy Singer Is Set For This Caribbean Carnival

A Grammy-winning singer is set to be part of the Carnival celebrations on one Caribbean island this month.

Singer Ashanti, known for songs like “Always on Time” and “What’s Luv?,” is set to perform in Trinidad and Tobago on Feb. 25th at soca star Machel Montano’s Carnival Monday event.

The event, themed ‘We Are The Greats,’ is set for the Hasely…

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Added by Icom on February 19, 2019 at 10:16am — No Comments

Machel Monday ‘promotes love’

This year's Machel Monday will feature Calypso Rose, Patrice Roberts, Super Blue, Skinny Fabulous, Nessa Preppy, US-based artistes Motto, Ashanti, and Cuban sensation Cimafunk.

This was announced at the media launch on Wednesday, hosted by Carnival City at the Queen's Park Savannah, which gave the soca veteran an opportunity to express the intention behind Machel Monday 2019.…

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Added by Icom on February 19, 2019 at 10:06am — No Comments

Grenada Culture Minister: Foreign ISM winner will be good for T&T

Grenada’s Culture Minister Norland Cox believes that if a foreigner wins the International Soca Monarch (ISM) it would be a win for Trinidad and Tobago.

Hollis “Mr Killa” Mapp – the best known of the local artistes for the big show in TNT carnival.

Cox, who was in T&T ahead of last Sunday’s semi-final round of the ISM, told a local media outfit in TNT that…

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Added by Icom on February 18, 2019 at 4:41pm — No Comments

A Team Band brings a new sound to Carnival

Although it is no longer the band that backs the artistes in the International Soca Monarch competition, the A Team Band remains the band of choice at other major events. The 14-member band has continued to gain traction within the music industry with lots more on the horizon for the Carnival season and beyond.

“Our very first engagement I remember was at Carnival City in Gulf City Mall in San Fernando,”…

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Added by Icom on February 10, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Who will win Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's 2019 Road March?

When revelers take to the streets each year for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, they do so with a soundtrack. Their playlist is always an energetic mix of that year's hottest soca music hits, but the Road March — the song that is played the most at specified judging points along the parade route — is a title that comes with both a valuable prize package and the prestige of being part of a proud history.

For…

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Added by Icom on February 10, 2019 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Machel, “I’m Not Gay.” Artist Calls Out Media for Misuse of Platforms



Soca heavyweight, Machel Montano put to rest, rumors that have circulated for many years, regarding his sexual preference. The “TocoLoco” singer who recently teamed up with international RnB singer Ashanti on a brand new soca track, appeared on Slam 100.5FM with hosts Jason Williams and Blaze. “I’m not gay,” Montano asserted as he addressed the topic of homosexuality and personal choice, particularly among members of the LBGTQ…

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Added by Icom on February 7, 2019 at 12:09am — No Comments

Do's & Don'ts of Eating During Carnival

There are some sim­ple dos and don’ts that every­one should fol­low when drink­ing. Fol­low­ing these tips won’t on­ly make you have en­er­gy all through the night but, it’ll def­i­nite­ly ease the blow of the morn­ing af­ter hang­over. Our ar­ti­cle in­cludes sim­ple tips that in­volve know­ing your body, sci­ence and a lit­tle bit of com­mon sense.…

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Added by Icom on February 7, 2019 at 12:00am — No Comments

New generation of soca artistes go Brave with Road March contender

The new generation of soca artistes are known for producing sweet, singable songs steeped in consciousness, social commentary, history and fun, enjoyable lyrics.

But while that groovy music has flourished in Trinidad and Tobago, it finds itself marginalised in other islands and on other stages outside of the country where power soca still reigns.

Tired of seeing…

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Added by Icom on February 6, 2019 at 11:28pm — No Comments

8 experiences you will only have at T&T's Carnival

Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival will officially culminate on March 4 and 5 and will set off another Carnival circuit throughout the Caribbean and the diaspora for yet another year. But with so many Carnivals to choose from and with all basically offering similar events, parties with the same top soca stars and costumes with the same aesthetic, Carnival lovers are spoiled for choice.  If you’re wondering if T&T’s Carnival should stay on your…

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Added by Icom on January 23, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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