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Lyrikal Keeps Up The Energy, Returns for C2K18 in T&T with a Bag Full of Tunes

With the Christmas season in full swing in the Caribbean and around the world, Lyrikal told Power 102 Digital that he's got one wish for the country of his birth this year.

Soca artiste Lyrikal says he has a couple more songs set for release ahead of the…


Added by Icom on December 13, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Should Reggae & DanceHall be played at carnival events - Juggling For Carnival - Music Mix Raises Concerns

Unlike other Caribbean countries such as St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, where soca music is deeply rooted in their culture, carnival in Jamaica portrays only a fraction of what the celebration represents.

This has contributed to a fascination with carnival as sort of a party season, nonetheless still showing support for the talent that comes from Eastern…


Added by Icom on December 13, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Why Antigua and Barbuda is the New Caribbean Hollywood?

Is Antigua the new Caribbean Hollywood?

Golden Island Filmworks, an independent feature film finance and production company, has closed on a $125 million equity financing agreement with the government of Antigua and Barbuda that will commit to an initial slate of five feature films and launch Antigua’s long-term commitment to film production.

The newly created…


Added by Icom on December 7, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Why you should Spend New Year’s Eve in the British Virgin Islands?

It’s the most legendary New Year’s Eve party in the Caribbean, and it’s back on for Dec. 31. The British Virgin Islands’ world-famous Foxy’s Old Year’s Night party is going ahead as planned this year, as the destination continues its rapid recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board announced this week.

This year’s event, hosted at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on the island of…


Added by Icom on December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm — No Comments

No Miss Dominica for Carnival 2018

The annual Miss Dominica pageant will not take place during next year’s carnival celebrations.

Challenging logistics have been blamed for the change to the tradition during the first post-Hurricane Maria event.

Carnival celebrations were only confirmed last month by Colin Piper, CEO of Discover Dominica Authority.



Added by Icom on December 4, 2017 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Prospects are positive for Soca Artist Brandon Anthony

Johnny Prospects is aiming to take soca music to the next level with his Carnival 2018 release Hiya.

The Brooklyn-based performer, real name Brandon Anthony, released the Clyde “Kool” Headley-produced track to rave reviews across the Diaspora earlier this week. Now he’s hoping to bring his natural enthusiasm and love for music back to the land of his parents, Trinidad and Tobago.…


Added by Icom on December 4, 2017 at 8:07pm — No Comments

New Year 2018: Bored of NYE Gigs? Here’s 5 Other Ways to Celebrate

Fancy doing something hatke this new year? Bored of club-hopping every new year’s eve? We feel you. Doing the same thing year after year can get old. Why not chuck the monotonous annual ritual and get on the move to ring in the coming new year?

Wondering where to go? We have you covered!

Here are 5 places you can travel to for the best 2018 New Year…


Added by Icom on December 4, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

What are the Top 12 Things to do before you attend Trinidad Carnival?

Making a decision to go experience Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago is one that you will never regret as long as you live. This annual festivity, born in the twin island Republic, takes place in February or March of every year, and, is becoming increasingly popular. Many people become enamored with the carefree videos that display half naked people dancing to soca music in the streets of Port of Spain, with alcohol in one hand and somebody’s girl/boy…


Added by Icom on December 2, 2017 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Tony Prescott Dives into Christmas and Carnival with Three New Tracks

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – The Soca Parang season brings with it a feeling of true happiness in Trinidad and Tobago.Tony Prescott, a man some would call a young veteran on the Caribbean’s music circuit, is once again delivering, adding to the season’s nostalgia in a way that…


Added by Icom on December 2, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

One of the largest and longest lasting Carnivals. Find out where! [VIDEO]

Curaçao's Carnival is one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles of the Caribbean and one of the best times to visit the island.

Carnival began as a Catholic rite to represent the Christian practice of “Carne Levale,” or giving up meat for Lent. In the 19th century, Curaçao continued the tradition by organizing masquerade parties and marches in private clubs. It wasn’t until 1969 that Curaçao…


Added by Icom on November 29, 2017 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Americans Sweep Races at 2017 Barbados Open Water Festival

The American pair of David Heron and Taylor Abbott dominated the Men’s 1.5K and 5K swims while American Pan Am Medalist Chelsea Colwill was in a league of her own in the 1.5K and 10K races and US Olympic medallist Ashley Whitney won the 5K at the 6th Barbados Open Water Festival last weekend. Trinidadians Nikoli Blackman and Savannah Chee-Wah represented their country well with winning swims in the 3.3K and Canadian Taylor Parker, repeated his win in the…


Added by Icom on November 29, 2017 at 8:06pm — No Comments

Pricey Palance - Revellers Shell Out Big Bucks For Carnival

After purchasing a costume to jump in one of the popular bands and attending all the pre-carnival fetes like J'Ouvert and the Bacchanal series, one may find their personal finances have dwindled or receive a credit card statement requiring hours of overtime to pay off at the end of the soca season.

The standard price range to join a band being US$600-US$700, in addition to other expenses (together with the monthly…


Added by Icom on November 29, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Electric fete set for Barbados

The electric fete is almost here.

The inaugural electronic dance music festival in the Caribbean debuts in Barbados this spring, and the lineup is over a dozen artists. The four-day Vujaday Music Festival is set for April 4–8, 2018, and will be the first ever music event of its kind for the region, helping to bring life to the growing scene of electronic music in the islands.…


Added by Icom on November 27, 2017 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Bacardi launches four-part music documentary [VIDEO]

The series is the latest iteration of Bacardí’s Sound of Rum creative campaign, which aims to link the brand’s island routes to modern music.

The Sound of Rum documentary stems from Bacardi's partnership…


Added by Icom on November 27, 2017 at 7:30pm — No Comments

5 reasons you must visit Calabar in December

Calabar has through the years earned a place as one of the hottest tourist spots in Nigeria and for good reason.

From its rich cuisine to warm, hospitable people and not forgetting the breathtaking Obudu Mountain Resort, there are several reasons why Cross River comes…


Added by Icom on November 24, 2017 at 9:41pm — No Comments

15 inspirational Bajan men and boys under age 35

It’s International Men’s Day!

Celebrated in almost 60 countries around the globe, International Men’s Day is backed by UNESCO, and is observed around the world on November 19, every year. The celebration shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day marked on November 20th, which is endorsed by the United Nations.



Added by Icom on November 24, 2017 at 9:29pm — No Comments

A Trip To Norway For The Oslo World Music Festival

Norway is known for its natural beauty of glacial fjords and Northern Lights, but NPR world music contributor Betto Arcos visited Norway for the music.

Arcos traveled to the Oslo World Music Festival, where he has…


Added by Icom on November 19, 2017 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Nailah Blackman goes back to her roots with Sokah

On her latest release, Sokah, Nailah Blackman is giving more than a passing nod to her roots.

At a time when soca music has become the sound of the Caribbean and is filtering into the music of global artists such as Drake, the granddaughter of the late Ras Shorty I, creator of soca music, the 19-year-old is reminding everyone where it all began.…


Added by Icom on November 19, 2017 at 6:10pm — No Comments

The British Virgin Islands Is Hosting the Caribbean’s Best Lobster Festival

The perfect Caribbean vacation often includes at least one lobster meal featuring some of the freshest, tastiest lobster in the world.

But what if you could travel somewhere where lobster is on every menu, at every restaurant, all day long?

This is Anegada, the beach-filled outpost in the British Virgin Islands that’s making a quick rebound from Hurricane Irma — and playing…


Added by Icom on November 14, 2017 at 7:17pm — No Comments

75% Of Caribbean Destinations Are Open For Tourism Business

The majority of Caribbean destinations were out in full force at the recently held World Travel Market in London. World Travel Market is the leading global event for the travel industry, and organizers brought together about 5,000 exhibiting destinations, technology, and private sector companies to find and network with 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and Tourism Ministers. So definitely an…


Added by Icom on November 14, 2017 at 7:10pm — No Comments

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