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Jamaica 2018 Carnival: Where to eat in Kingston

Carnival season is just around the corner and soon it will be time to party! But having a fantastic time takes energy and so it’s important to keep refueling. Here’s a selection of the restaurants and cafes Kingston has to offer hungry revelers.  


Two great breakfast spots are Eleni's Bakery in Sovereign North Plaza and Tea Tree…


Added by Mico on March 15, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Trinidad: Dwight Yorke being sued by soca monarch

Former Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke is being sued by reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal for the non-payment of a TT$250,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) loan.

Yorke, 46, was reportedly loaned the money in March last year to assist in a financial bind.

In the court documents filed last week, Chatelal claimed that…


Added by Mico on March 15, 2018 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Soca artists we love: Kees Dieffenthaller

Kees Dieffenthaller is known jokingly in Trinidad and Tobago as the President of the Red Man Association. 

With his boyish good looks and sweet vocals, the frontman for Kes the Band has proven to be a force in Caribbean music, constantly pushing the envelope to shape the sound of his music. 

One of the most versatile singers in soca, Kees is known for hits such…


Added by Mico on March 15, 2018 at 12:13pm — No Comments

7th annual Orlando Caribbean Festival

The 7th annual Orlando Caribbean Festival will take place  March 17 & 18 at the Orlando Amphitheater in the Central Florida Fairground. This event is the destination for all who share a passion for or are looking to explore the Caribbean Culture through its food and music.  The festival promises to be a fun filled atmosphere that is sure to entertain everyone. 

There will also be a culinary preview of…


Added by Mico on March 13, 2018 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Reggae, Soca On Show At SXSW Interactive Festival

Nineties babies will know the infectious pop hit, Mm-Bop by Hanson, then growing into their teens, may recall the first time (or few) hearing singer-songwriter John Mayer whisper to his lover's wondrous body.

Those two successful pop musicians share more in common than achieving international acclaim. Hanson and Mayer both had career-defining performances at the annual, highly anticipated South by…


Added by Mico on March 13, 2018 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Back Off Di Road - Lack Of Support Grounds Jamaica Carnival

"We are not the US$200 to US$1,200 carnival," said Julianne Lee, director of Jamaica Carnival.

Regardless of preparations to participate as one of the four bands to take the streets of Kingston on April 8, Lee says a lack of funding has immobilised the Jamaica Carnival team from moving forward with plans.

"Following a meeting with the various officials last year,…


Added by Mico on March 12, 2018 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Flipo changes name, enjoys exposure on Major Lazer single


Added by Mico on March 12, 2018 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Church Planning Massive Parade To Counteract Carnival

As a direct counteraction to the annual carnival road march that some say contributes to havoc in Jamaica, the local church community is fine-tuning plans for a massive parade in the Corporate Area on October 27 this year.

The event is months away, but organisers, Maranatha Ministries, anticipate a mega turnout

of thousands from every denomination - an idea…


Added by Mico on March 12, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Itunes Bazodee

IF you’re searching for something to do this Saturday, how about curling up with a copy of Bazodee via Itunes. When Bazodee was released in 2016 it created a stir among local audiences. The movie, starring reigning Road March King Machel Montano, is now expanding its reach and will be available on the popular Itunes platform from today.

Itunes might just be the first of many spaces you can find the 2016…


Added by Mico on March 8, 2018 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Aaron wins 5th Chutney Soca title, bows out of the competition

WITH total support from schoolmates of St. George’s College, Aaron Duncan’s experience showed in his performance of Chutney Fire during the 2018 Schools National Carnival Intellectual Chutney Soca Monarch Competition held yesterday at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, PoS.

Duncan really lit up the venue with chutney fire. Speaking with reporters afterwards he said: “I feel great, I feel blessed…


Added by Mico on March 8, 2018 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Record labels scout Nailah

JUST before young soca artiste Nailah Blackman heads to South by Southwest (SXSW) to perform on March 17, the young artiste is also being scouted by major record labels.

Anson Soverall, Blackman’s manager told Newsday, “During the last week, we have been contacted by numerous record labels. Like numerous. It is a great feeling to know the work is being recognised on an international level. Her songs are…


Added by Mico on March 8, 2018 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Soaked in Soca platform created to push soca music in Europe

A platform to educate Europeans about soca and to push the genre has been created by a group of friends. 

Belgian DJ Nicolai Possemiers, Trinidadian Darryl Rodulfo aka DJ D-One and Raggamuffin Whiteman are the men behind the Soaked in Soca website.

“The aim is to promote soca in all its ways.  I sold my house to invest money into the project, we are going to do a…


Added by Mico on March 6, 2018 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Carnival Jamaica: What Newcomers need to know!

Bigger crowds than ever are expected in Jamaica this year for the pulsating beats, show-stopping costumes and energetic party vibe of Carnival. Here’s a quick guide to what it’s all about.

What’s Carnival?

Carnival has its roots in the Catholic tradition of celebrating before the period of fasting leading up to Easter known as Lent…


Added by Mico on March 6, 2018 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia’s 39th Independence Celebrations

Saint Lucia celebrates its 39th year of independence today. Lucians worldwide are preparing for concerts, religious observations and, of course, partying.

The island has a long history of conquest and settlement, which began with the native Arawaks, who were ousted by the more aggressive Caribs in about AD800. Its name at this time was Iouanalao (‘Land of the Iguanas’, thanks to an…


Added by Mico on February 25, 2018 at 4:18pm — No Comments

St Kitts and Nevis your perfect music festival paradise

St. Kitts and Nevis are the sort of islands that dreams are made of: a lush tropical landscape, pristine beaches, luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and ultimate privacy; top that off with a world-class music festival and you have yourself Destination Paradise!

The St Kitts Music Festival which celebrated 21 years in 2017, has been going from strength to strength. Among the major international stars who…


Added by Mico on February 25, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

In Post-Carnival Trinidad, the Party Never Really Ends

Now that the feathers and the sparkles and the high-octane soca music have left the streets of the Trinidadian capital of Port of Spain for another year, what’s left is what is referred to as the feeling of “tabanca.” It’s a post-Carnival malaise that some say is only cured by more bacchanal.…


Added by Mico on February 23, 2018 at 10:21pm — No Comments

Lu City first St Lucians to have a song with the legendary Machel Montano

St Lucian duo Lu City performed their latest release featuring soca king Machel Montano at Machel Monday in Trinidad on February 5th becoming the first St. Lucian duo to not only perform at the event but also the first St. Lucian artists to feature Machel Montano on a track.

As a mainstay of the Trinidad carnival entertainment scene, Machel Monday is the largest live performance show with attendance and…


Added by Mico on February 21, 2018 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Wyclef Jean will headline the 2018 Orlando Caribbean Festival this March

The annual Orlando Caribbean Festival is going big this year with a heavy lineup of musical talent lined up for the daylong event, including the surprising announcement of Wyclef Jean of Fugees and solo fame.

Joining Wyclef on the lineup will be Jenn Morel, Djakout #1, Konshens, Alison Hinds, Tanto Metro/Devante, Harmonik, TVice, Klass, and Kai.

The Orlando…


Added by Mico on February 21, 2018 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Best cultural events in Barbados 2018


Music plays a big role in many Barbadian events. As well as reggae, calypso and soca, genres include jazz, gospel, techno and pop. And as this is the home of Rihanna, there is even a street named after her. Jazz/reggae saxophonist Arturo Tappin hails from the island, while Bajan Alison Hinds is the Queen of…


Added by Mico on February 21, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

All Carnival terror suspects freed…two charged

TWO of the people who were held in connection with the alleged Carnival terror plot have been jointly charged with possession of a firearm. The couple—Adil Mansano and Alisha Thomas—were charged early yesterday morning and appeared before Magistrate Rehanna Hosein in the Port of Spain Court. 

During the appearance, neither of them was called upon to plead and were remanded into custody, having been denied…


Added by Mico on February 17, 2018 at 2:09pm — No Comments

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