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It’s a vibe: Bajan rapper Teff brings Afro-Caribbean Hip Hop to the world [VIDEO]

Teff Hinkson doesn’t sound like your average rapper.  The Barbados-born artist is bringing a fresh sound to music that captures the best of his home island and the diaspora.

His “Afro-Caribbean chill hip hop vibe” as he describes it, perfectly rides the new wave of Afrobeat and Caribbean music genres increasing in U.S. popularity.…

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Added by Mico on September 14, 2017 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Why You Need to Visit the Barbados Food and Rum Festival

If you’re hungry for a Caribbean vacation (or just plain hungry) you’ll want to know about the Barbados Food & Rum Festival, scheduled for November 16 to 19.

Now in its eighth year, the event celebrates the cuisine of the island, and will be headlined by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens and feature other talents such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten from the United States and Canadian chef Chris De La…

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Added by Mico on September 14, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Bunji Garlin's album 'Turn Up' debuts at #3 on Billboard Charts

It's safe to say that Bunji Garlin is having a stellar year.

Following 'Buss Head', the massive hit collab that he dropped with Machel Montano, he's gone on to headline at Drake's OVO Fest and Notting Hill Carnival in London. He also just recently performed and soca's first concert in an Apple store.  

And now, his album, Turn Up, which dropped on September 1, debuted…

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Added by Mico on September 13, 2017 at 7:05pm — No Comments

BASHMENT SOCA’S MAIN MAN

There’s no doubt that Bashment Soca music has grown by leaps and bounds this year. In fact, one could even say that Bashment Soca dominated Crop Over 2017.

But just where do these catchy rhythms come from?

Bajan Vibes recently sat down with Haskell DJ Spider Greenidge, the man responsible for producing many Bashment Soca…

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Added by Mico on September 13, 2017 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Steelband documentaries debut at this year’s T&T Film Festival

Three documentaries about steelbands will make their debut at this year’s T&T Film Festival, which takes place from September 19-26 at MovieTowne Port-of-Spain, San Fernando and Tobago, as well as the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine.

James O’Connor’s film To Be A Renegade, captures the story of the BP Renegades through an examination of the violent beginnings of pan, the era of change, and its…

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Added by Mico on September 13, 2017 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Calypso and cricket inseparable umbilical cord of Caribbean Cricket

TORONTO, Canada – Calypso was a nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Ogygia, where she detained Odysseus for seven years. Calypso generally said to be the daughter of the Titan Atlas and Pleione.

But in the game of cricket calypso is amalgamation of music and poetry. It romanticizes the sport and its culture.…

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Added by Mico on September 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Inside Grenada's Spicemas

If you’ve ever set foot in a Caribbean carnival, then you’ve experienced the truest form of the region’s spirit and soul. But if you’ve never set foot in Grenada for Spicemas, then you’ve never experienced Jab Jab, the most elemental form of Carnival bacchanalia that ever was.

Outsiders…

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Added by Mico on September 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Check out Zimbabwe's Carnival [VIDEO]

From September 1 until today, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has been hosting the Harare International Carnival.

Carnival is a concept involving street festivities which take part in many countries. Originally it was held by Roman Catholics during Lent in Roman Catholic countries, but the concept has spread the world over to include other countries outside religious…

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Added by Mico on September 11, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

2 shot at Cambridge Carnival, followed by second shooting in Cambridgeport

According to the Cambridge Police Department, two people were shot late Sunday afternoon at the Cambridge Carnival.

In a statement issued to the media Sunday night, the department reported two people sustained non-life-threatening, lower body gunshot wounds at about 4:44 p.m. near the intersection of Main and Albany Streets in Kendall Square.

This year’s Carnival included a…

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Added by Mico on September 11, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments

Cali takes Soca Coast2Coast

New York-based soca starlet Cali Gray will represent soca music and T&T at the American Coast2Coast Live artiste showcase this month.

Cali, real name Calika Grayson, is the only soca act to be selected for the 16-act showcase, carded for October 17 at the Hall of MP, Brooklyn, New York. The event will feature the best young hip hop, R&B and pop music talent in the Tri-State area.…

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Added by Mico on September 11, 2017 at 9:44am — No Comments

Soca Star Brings New Album, Calypso: The Unsung Legacy

MULTI-FACETED soca star GBM Nutron has dropped his eagerly awaited debut album, Calypso: The Unsung Legacy.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and based in Brooklyn, New York, Jason ‘GBM Nutron’ Carter is a bonafide triple threat who has been igniting the Caribbean music scene for years now, first as an acclaimed producer and talented songwriter, and now as an…

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Added by Mico on September 11, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York [VIDEO]

Check out how Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York went down!

Another one: …

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Added by Mico on September 5, 2017 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Check out what you missed at European's biggest Carnival in Notting Hill, London

Check out Notting Hill's madness! 

Watch who else was dancing!…

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Added by Mico on August 29, 2017 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Belize Carnival on September 9th, 2017

Vice President of Belize Carnival Association, Patrick Thompson:

“The new route that everybody been waiting to hear is that we start at our original point which is Ceasar Ridge, we go up the boulevard, we take a right contrary to traffic up Vernon Street, then we take a left into youth for the future drive, we go into Douglas Jones Street, Cinderella Plaza, we take a right…

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Added by Mico on August 23, 2017 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Want to join the Labor Day Parade at Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn? [VIDEO]

The end of summer means catching all the color and excitement as millions of New Yorkers line up along Eastern Parkway for the Brooklyn Labor Day parade on Monday, September 4, 2017.

This year, the West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival celebrates its 47th anniversary as it continues to enjoy the distinction of being New York City's biggest cultural festivals by…

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Added by Mico on August 19, 2017 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Cancun Jazz Festival [VIDEO]

The Cancun Jazz Festival isn’t for casual music fans — the four-day Labor Day Weekend festival is a full-blown, all-inclusive event. Ticket prices start at $1,600 per person and include accommodations at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, all food and drinks (including alcohol), and access to events and parties. And don’t forget about the music — this year, the waterfront stage will be graced by George Benson, Brian McKnight, and Kenny…

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Added by Mico on August 19, 2017 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Grenada Spice Mas 2017 [VIDEO]

The premier cultural event, ‘Spicemas’ is Grenadian expression in all its glory, climaxing during the second Monday and Tuesday in August. Brimming with pageantry and expression linked to our African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colorful, humorous and full of surprises. Calypsonians, steel pan orchestras, beauty contestants, ‘fancy mas’ bands and others perform and parade to compete for Carnival honors. Grenadians gather to…

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Added by Mico on August 11, 2017 at 11:41am — No Comments

Carnival Kingdom at Caribana Toronto Carnival [VIDEO]

Just us for the special Caribana Event: CARNIVAL KINGDOM on Carnival Saturday August 5th, 2017.



The largest and most anticipated concert and outdoor event fete is back. Carnival Kingdom 2017 will once again, break the mold of the ordinary with the most advance production, sound and VIP party experience known to Toronto Carnival weekend.



As always, a roster of…

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Added by Mico on August 5, 2017 at 11:54am — No Comments

Jamaican Independence Day Celebration

In the home of all right we are always celebrating. Celebrate Jamaica’s independence from July 31 – August 6, 2017 at Jamaica Festival in Kingston or Montego Bay.

This period features many exciting events which showcases the talents of Jamaicans. The float parade and grand gala brought back in 2008 forms the zenith of the celebrations and have helped to strategically revitalize and engender the nostalgic…

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Added by Mico on July 31, 2017 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Check out European's Greatest Carnival [VIDEO]

Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. It's also a vital date in any party-lover's diary. But, whatever you do, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable information, tips and travel details about Notting Hill Carnival 2017.

When does Notting Hill…

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Added by Mico on July 31, 2017 at 1:55pm — No Comments

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