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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.…


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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

This Soca Star Is Hot Property

OVER THE past few months the soca scene has been blessed with quite a few artists making a quick pass through.

Skinny Fabulous and Mr Killa were here earlier in the year, and more recently rising star Nessa Preppy did a 24-hour flyby and not forgetting the Viking Bunji Garlin and wife Fay Ann were here for their carnival band launch a couple of weeks ago.…


Added by Icom on June 17, 2019 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival Groovy & Power Soca Monarch preliminary qualifiers


The preliminary round of the Saint Lucia Carnival Groovy & Power Soca Monarch competition,  will be held this coming Sunday 23 June at National Cultural Center, Castries, from 3pm.

The following is a list of artists who qualified:



Added by Icom on June 17, 2019 at 4:07pm — No Comments

How Afrobeats’ Global Rise is Changing Carnival’s Rigid Genre Conventions

The runaway popularity of African music at Caribbean carnivals has even the soca purists excited.

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It's 5:30 in the evening on a Sunday in Kingston, Jamaica and masqueraders are revelling down Waterloo Road, on the last lap of their day-long Xodus Carnival road march chanting "Are you done talking, tell me baby are you done talking." The…

Added by Icom on June 17, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Who’s in , Who’s out of Pic O De Crop

Aziza will not be competing in this year's competition

A record 96 entertainers have put forward their names for a chance to take the Pic O De Crop title, the most ever.

Noticeably missing from the list released by the National Cultural Foundation this…


Added by Icom on June 6, 2019 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Estranged son of soca star embraces dancehall

Dancehall rapper Blu Lyon has an interesting make up. Son of Trinidadian soca star Austin 'Superblue' Lyons, he was born in the United States but raised in Trinidad. He is more connected to dancehall and describes soca as "jump and whine" music; and he speaks in third person, referring to himself as Titan.

Speaking to THE STAR, the artiste expressed a desire to make a positive contribution to…


Added by Icom on June 6, 2019 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Atlanta Caribbean Carnival shut down by police


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Try Trinidad’s favorite dish this International Doubles Day

Ever tried doubles, Trinidad’s most iconic dish? For the unacquainted, this tasty street food consists of fried dough, chana (curried chickpeas) and relish. It’s often eaten for breakfast, but it’s also perfect for lunch, dinner and… well, literally any other time.

In Trinidad, you can find stands selling doubles pretty much everywhere – and on May 30, it’s time to share the love. Today has been officially…


Added by Icom on May 30, 2019 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Skinny Fabulous to unleash the power of soca on Rum and Rhythm

NEW YORK, NY – The leading Caribbean food and rum event in New York will be rocking under the power of Skinny Fabulous, the leading Vincentian soca artiste and Trinidad carnival 2019 road march winner, during Caribbean Week New York (CWNY2019).

‘Skinny’ whose real name is Gamal Doyle, will unleash his infectious energy and mesmerising performance skills on Rum & Rhythm, The Ultimate…


Added by Icom on May 30, 2019 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Queen of Bacchanal to perform at carnival

Destra Garcia, the Queen of Bacchanal, will perform at the Bermuda Carnival.

The soca artist visited Bermuda two years ago for Cup Match Summer Splash, but did not complete her set after she broke her ankle in a fall on stage.

Fans will now get a second chance to see her at the White Party at the National Sports Centre, on June 16.…


Added by Icom on May 30, 2019 at 1:18pm — No Comments

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