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Beenie Man headlines ‘Sound Invasion’

Reggae and dancehall superstar Beenie Man will headline tonight’s Pirates Week street dance downtown on Harbour Drive.

The Grammy award-winner is part of this weekend’s Waterfront Sound Invasion, a Caribbean showcase featuring artists from the local and international stage.

Hailed for such hits as “Who Am I,” “Girls Dem Sugar,” and the duet with Janet Jackson…

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Added by Icom on November 9, 2018 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Trinidad: Honorary doctorate for soca king Machel Montano

Af­ter more than 35 years in the art form, so­ca king Machel Mon­tano is be­ing award­ed an Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate in by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Trinidad and To­ba­go (UTT).

Mon­tano, who will cel­e­brate his 44th birth­day on No­vem­ber 24, is among five peo­ple who will be re­ceiv­ing aus­pi­cious awards for their con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety in ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, fine arts, sci­ence and sports at the…

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Added by Icom on November 9, 2018 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Shadow remembered for presence, masterful lyrics

The death of Winston Bailey, the Shadow, sent shockwaves throughout Trinidad and Tobago and in particular the soca and calypso fraternity.

Shadow passed away on Monday morning after suffering a stroke over the weekend. The man who gave us memorable classics such as ‘Bassman’, ‘Dingolay’, Yuh Looking for Horn’ and ‘Stranger’ among several others, has been remembered for being a master storyteller, good…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2018 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Problem Child is Winning and The Soca World is Watching. Artist Expresses Curiosity!

He’s one of the Caribbean’s most humble talents but ahead of the Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent born songwriter and artist, Problem Child is prepared to show the world just what he’s got, recently explaining to EBUZZTT exclusively that he’s got a very smart strategy that he cannot reveal just yet, but one that will certainly be recognised as time rolls on. Today, the singer celebrates his birthday.…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Scrunter is back with new soca parang

Scrunter is back.

The undisputed king of parang soca is back with a new Christmas song.

The song, 'Santa is the Sanitary Inspector,' tells the story of how people frantically clean up their homes for Christmas and positions Santa Claus as the inspector who approves their work.

Scrunter revealed the new song when Loop…

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Added by Icom on October 19, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Destra Is The 21st Century's Liberator Of Revelry

It's not enough to make list after list. The Turning the Tables project seeks to suggest alternatives to the traditional popular music canon, and to do more than that, too: to stimulate conversation about how hierarchies emerge and endure. This year, Turning the Tables considers how women and non-binary artists are shaping music in our moment, from the pop mainstream to the sinecures of jazz and contemporary classical music. Our list of the 200…

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Added by Icom on October 19, 2018 at 11:59am — No Comments

SUN, SEA AND RUM: BARBADOS FOOD AND RUM FESTIVAL

In late autumn, when memories of Europe’s scorchingly hot summer are already fading, Barbados is going to look a very tempting prospect. From 18 to 21 October the island nation will welcome local and international visitors to the 9th Annual Food and Rum Festival. What better way could there be of celebrating the start of European winter than by escaping to the land of flying fish for a magical four-day extravaganza in the culinary capital of…

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Added by Icom on October 16, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

10 Festive Costumes We Loved At Miami Carnival 2018

Every year during Miami Carnival over 18000 participants and performers line the streets of Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds on the Sunday preceding Columbus Day and fete from sun up to sun down. This year was no different, as masqueraders hit the road to play mas, and they sure looked good while doing it.

One Island Band’s beautiful costumes were an exceptional Carnival installation inspired by ice…

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Added by Icom on October 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

5Star soca in Japan

THE number of soca artistes expanding TT’s indigenous musical artform in the Japanese market continues to grow. This time Akil “5Star Akil” Anthony Borneo raised TT’s flag at Japan Soca Weekend from September 14-17.

Crystal Cunningham, 5Star Akil’s manager, in a release to Newsday said Japan Soca Weekend, which launched in June, invited the singer to “provide a cultural performance at Island Nations, one of…

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2018 at 1:56am — No Comments

Jimmy October is adding his own spin to calypso [VIDEO]

L’shun Emmanuel represents a new wave of artists from the Caribbean. The 23-year-old from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, more widely known as Jimmy October, blends the upbeat and narrative-driven genres native to his country with influential ones from abroad to create a signatured, textured, and cinematic sound that he calls New Calypso. “I try to mix a little bit of calypso, a little bit of soca, a little bit of R&B, and a little bit of…

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2018 at 1:30am — No Comments

Good Vibes Aboard The First Ever Afro Soca Cruise. Erphaan, Slaughter, Turner, Problem Child All Impress.

There’s something about Caribbean people’s strong desire to share the culture of these parts with the world. For Juliana Fermin and her team of just a few, the passion to showcase the beauty of Trinidad and Tobago and by extension, the Caribbean’s culture, is unparalleled. …

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Added by Icom on October 14, 2018 at 1:30am — No Comments

Mas Revolution, Antiguan style

All seasoned, newer and potential masqueraders are painfully aware that mas has become a pretty expensive proposition. From Carnival Loans in Trinidad to the first £1000 costume in London, those reminders are everywhere. There are always cheaper options, and cheaper bands – although that’s relatively speaking – but there’s only one direction of travel, and we know that’s unlikely to change.

What began in…

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Added by Icom on October 2, 2018 at 7:13pm — No Comments

A First Timer’s Guide To Visiting Miami Carnival

For those who are attending Miami Broward Carnival for the first time this October, here’s your guide to all of the food, fun and fetes that the festival has to offer.…

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Added by Icom on October 2, 2018 at 7:04pm — No Comments

It’s time for Carnival in Miami! Here’s how to celebrate this Caribbean party right

Yes! So shelve all your upcoming plans, because it’s on. The Carnival countdown has begun.

The annual Caribbean Carnival season culminates with one of the largest cultural spectacles in North America right here in the Magic City on Sunday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds.

Miami Carnival is a kaleidoscope of Caribbean colors and cultures.…

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Added by Icom on October 2, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Homecoming in Kendall Square

As a sound system blares “Mind your funky business, leave me alone,” Elton — a tall ,middle-aged man, dark skin well-moisturized and proudly dressed in red from his cap to his trousers — proceeded to set me straight on my possible impressions of Cambridge Carnival 2018:

 “Any time you hear people say that they came to Carnival and they saw women dressing half-naked, and stuff like that, that is just a form…

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Added by Icom on September 25, 2018 at 1:08pm — No Comments

NCC vows to put T&T's Carnival back on top

Officials of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) are vowing to put Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival back on top.

Speaking at the launch of Carnival 2019 on Saturday, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the NCC Colin Lucas and Chairman Winston “Gypsy” Peters, sounded the alarm on the need for T&T to take back its place on the top of the Carnival totem.

“We…

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Added by Icom on September 25, 2018 at 1:05pm — No Comments

From Miami Carnival Straight to T&T’s – Coldero and the Black Carpet Movement

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – Miami Carnival on the horizon, new music ahead of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 Carnival season is just about ready to take over the airwaves.

Clearly aware of soca lovers’ need to feel the energy of the artistes who’ll make their feting experience a thrilling one, the young, energetic team of music producers at the Black Carpet Movement, have hit the ground…

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Added by Icom on September 25, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Queen of Soca Alison Hinds to Perform at Miami Broward Junior Carnival

Join Miami Carnival as they celebrate young people with their annual Jr. Carnival Parade of Bands and a cultural celebration that features music, spectacle, and fun for the whole family.

Miami Broward Junior Carnival takes place Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 12 noon-10pm at the Central Broward Regional Park-3700 Northwest 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311.…

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Added by Icom on September 18, 2018 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Shal Marshall Says Hot 97FM Opportunity Was Incredible. Caribbean Artistes Show Off.

Shal Marshall says his debut to New York City’s Hot97FM stage last Friday, was a tremendous success. The Trinidad and Tobago entertainer, and radio personality has had a jam-packed post carnival schedule. His Soca anthems have allowed him to widen his scope, having been able to deliver his style of Soca to thousands around the world.

We caught up with the ‘Splinters’ singer as he departed New York on…

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Added by Icom on September 14, 2018 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Imo’s invitation – play mas in Nigeria

Carnival enthusiasts around the world have been waking up to the rich cultural heritage of the Giant of Africa – Nigeria. The country has its own long tradition of masquerade, but more recently Caribbean-style urban street carnivals have been introduced to encourage tourism. The best known is Calabar Carnival, but a relative newcomer in Imo State has been gaining a lot of traction recently. And this year, you can take part in Imo…

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Added by Icom on September 14, 2018 at 1:42pm — No Comments

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