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Dominica Carnival launched under theme 'Celebrating our Traditions'

Dominica’s Carnival – Mas Domnik 2018, has been launched under the theme 'Celebrating our Traditions'.

The annual event was officially launched last Friday and is set to be a showcase of the resilience of Dominicans who suffered when Hurricane Maria ripped through the island killing people and destroying property.

Post-Hurricane Maria, many…


Added by Icom on January 19, 2018 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Rio Asks for Federal Troops to Help With Carnival Policing

The city of Rio de Janeiro has requested backup from federal troops to enforce security during Brazil's Carnival festivities in February as it seeks to shield tourists and locals from rising crime.

Over 6 million people, including roughly 1.5 million foreign visitors, are expected to take to the streets…


Added by Icom on January 19, 2018 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Artistes react to drop in Soca Monarch prize, Iwer: It is not about the money

Neil “Iwer” George says, for many artistes entering the international soca monarch competition it’s not about the money.

George made the statement when asked to comment on the scaled prize money for the 2018 Play Whe International Soca Monarch, now in its 26 year.

It was announced at a press conference on Monday, at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad’s Point Fortin room,…


Added by Icom on January 17, 2018 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Fay Ann surprises workout crowd at Digicel Carnival Burn

Soca star Fay Ann Lyons showed everyone how she keeps in such great shape, thanks to a surprise visit at the first session of Digicel's Carnival Burn earlier this week.

Lyons, who is no stranger to intense workouts both on-stage and at the gym, took the vibe up a notch with her energy at the Carnival-like atmosphere.

DJ Dwyane set the tone blasting out soca hits…


Added by Icom on January 17, 2018 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Putting the “essence” back in Soca

Professional musician, singer and songwriter Sharron Phillips of Mason Hall is on a mission to bring back the “essence” in soca music.

Phillips has produced five soca songs for Carnival 2018: Push Back on It, Road Call, Misbehaviour, Junction Dawg and Run Them out the Party.

An international jazz, soul, funk and techno artiste, who left Tobago for a musical…


Added by Icom on January 17, 2018 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Breaking barriers - Guyanese singer wants to 'buss' with sexy single

After years of being in the background, Guyanese singer Nesta said she is ready to take over the world with her new single, Body Callin'.

Speaking with THE STARon Tuesday, Nesta said she is extremely excited about the track that was officially released yesterday, and she predicts that it will become her break out single.

"It will be a hit,…


Added by Icom on January 15, 2018 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Police partners with soca stars for road safety

Several of the country’s top billed artistes for Carnival 2018, have joined with the police to promote the message of responsible alcohol consumption in the run-up to and during the two-day festival.

A statement from the TTPS public affairs unit said the ‘Wrong Mix-Alcohol & Lyrics’ component of its TTPS iRoadsafe Public Awareness programme, launched in 2015, draws on the…


Added by Icom on January 15, 2018 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Rowlee Mudda Count makes it to Chutney Soca finals

His 2018 offering may have been labelled offensive and inappropriate, and even led to the the Telecommunications Authority (TATT) warning radio stations that the song’s lyrics breached the Draft Broadcasting code, but Nermal “Massive” Gosine passed the test at Saturday’s Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) semi-finals.

Gosine’s Rowlee Mudda Count has made it to the finals of the event which takes place on January 27…


Added by Icom on January 15, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Marzville on a roll

2017 was a whirlwind year for Omar Marzville McQuilkin and this new year promises to be even more splendiferous.

After a successful run during Crop Over 2017 when his hit songs Give It To Ya and Gas It Up respectively made it to the Sweet Soca Finals and Bashment Soca competition, the Richard Stoute Teen Talent alumnus has been busy touring…


Added by Icom on January 11, 2018 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Food & Rum Blends Soul and Grove for an Entertaining Feast

On Sunday, January 14, the Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival will culminate with ‘The Main Course’ at the Pigeon Island National Park. The event will feature sampling booths from some of the island’s best restaurants and the finale competition of the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum Cocktail competition. The entertainment feature for the Main Course will blend the rhythmic sounds of R&B and…


Added by Icom on January 11, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Trinis Making Waves Abroad:Rob Riley proves his love for the Caribbean

Robert Christopher Riley may have been born an American but the Caribbean flows through his veins and he makes no bones about it.

The actor, currently seen in the new Dynasty series as the sexy smouldering chauffeur Michael Culhane, is the son of a Trinidadian mother from Morvant and Bajan father.

Born and raised in Flatbush, New York, he said he was raised in…


Added by Icom on January 11, 2018 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Voice’s year for Love

Two-time International Soca Monarch Aaron “Voice” St Louis hopes his song Year for Love will turn youths away from crime.

St Louis’ hit may be soca but it is commentary in the style of any veteran calypsonian.

“A Year for Love came about because I wasn’t feeling too good coming down last year. With all the crime taking place, I decided to write a song about love,…


Added by Icom on January 11, 2018 at 7:52pm — No Comments

Jamaican artistes encouraged to try soca

As soca continues to grow in Jamaica, more artistes are being encouraged to dabble in the genre. Several industry insiders believe that artistes should not limit themselves to one genre, but should try their hands at as many as they can.

Popular publicist Keona Williams told THE WEEKEND STAR that having seen the rate at which carnival is growing in Jamaica, recording artistes should think about…


Added by Icom on January 9, 2018 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Rain or shine, Panorama goes on

The preliminary round of the judging of the 2018 Panorama for Single Pan bands got off to a late start in the Eastern Region on Sunday afternoon in unpredictable weather.

Players and supporters of Trinidad East Side Symphony came out in brilliant sunshine but were faced with a number of delays that were caused by circumstances beyond their control, including sudden downpours of…


Added by Icom on January 9, 2018 at 9:40pm — No Comments

Notting Hill Carnival think-tank to meet on Sunday

Notting Hill campaign group Reclaim Our Carnival (ROC) will be holding an afternoon of discussions about the event’s future on Sunday 14 January. 

This will not be a large public meeting of the kind held last year; instead, there will be 10 advisory panels, each with six participants. Each panel will focus its discussions on a specific theme. Panel members will then present their conclusions to the rest…


Added by Icom on January 9, 2018 at 9:37pm — No Comments

‘Offensive’ Soca Song Gets Boost After Ban From Carnival Contests in Trinidad & Tobago

With the new year upon them, Trinbagonians are now into the annual Carnival season, which is never without controversy. Two years ago, one Carnival band's portrayal was accused of trivialising the trauma of slavery. In 2017, a popular fete put patrons through a five-step process to buy tickets, which struck some as elitist and discriminatory; the issue of livestreaming and copyright infringement also emerged as a contentious topic.…


Added by Icom on January 7, 2018 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Govt donates $1m to Chutney Soca

Hours after Southex chief executive officer George Singh announced the cancellation of the 2018 edition of the Chutney Soca Monarch competition, the show was tentatively put back on track after Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced a one million dollar allocation to the event.

Addressing a media conference at the Ministry of Finance yesterday evening, Imbert said statements that the ministry had withdrawn…


Added by Icom on January 7, 2018 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Soca in Moka sets pace for Carnival 2018

The recession and the rain did not stop the first all inclusive fete for 2018, as hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, came out to Soka in Moka, held at Trinity College grounds, Maraval on New Year’s Day. The event was organised by the Soca in Moka Foundation.

The absence of signage from the usual corporate sponsors, as well as cups, bandanas, glow sticks and…


Added by Icom on January 7, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Get Down and Dirty at Five of the Messiest Festivals in Europe Read more

Anyone who's ever backpacked knows that things can get messy when you travel.

Messy, clothes-wise. Messy, booze-wise. Messy, packing-wise. Oh, and messy, MESSY-wise.

From flinging tomatoes to snorkelling through bogs, Busabout have collected some of Europe's weirdest, messiest festivals.

la tomatina,…


Added by Icom on January 4, 2018 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Don’t Stop the Carnival: Sonny Rollins and Calypso


Added by Icom on January 4, 2018 at 2:19pm — No Comments

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