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With Carnival just four months away, no NCC board in place

Just four months before the Merry Monarch parades the streets for Carnival 2018, the National Carnival Commission (NCC) is without a board. As of Wednesday, the term of the last board came to an end.

Headed by Kenny DeSilva, that board has been at constant loggerheads with the three Carnival interest groups. Under an act of Parliament (No 9 of 1991) the NCC is mandated to make…

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Added by Icom on November 8, 2017 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Will the price increase of Diesel affect Carnival 2018 in Trinidad?

T&T Carnival literally runs on diesel fuel and, with the increase in diesel, from $2.30 per litre to $3.41, Carnival 2018 could certainly be negatively affected. Bandleaders, steelbands, promoters all rely on the transportation of instruments, equipment and music, with significant reliance on dieselfuelled cabs that carry trailers. For some mas bands, costumes have already been fixed so it is now too late to pass on any increased cost of fuel to the…

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Added by Icom on November 8, 2017 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Government invests $300,000 in 2018 Grenada music fest

Grenada's former Minister for Culture Brenda Hood has said that the government is “very proud of the Pure Grenada Music Festival” as they announce their funding for the 2018 edition.

An investment of $300,000 has been agreed for next year, $100,000 more than the government invested in this year’s festival.

The proposal for…

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Added by Icom on November 3, 2017 at 10:26am — No Comments

Strength and Power of Soca

Machel Montano, Tasha P and Destra sharing the stage.

Artistes from around the Caribbean region joined together this past weekend to lend their voices and talents to the Carib­bean Strong ini­tiative and the two concerts in Trinidad and Antigua.

The Caribbean Strong initiative was the brainchild of event promoter/radio network…

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Added by Icom on November 3, 2017 at 10:12am — No Comments

Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival supports region’s tourism recovery efforts

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The 2017 Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival is throwing its support behind the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s efforts to help Caribbean families and countries recover and rebuild after the monstrous hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated some member destinations.

The festival, an authentic Caribbean event, will be raising monies for the CTO Hurricane Relief Fund,…

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Added by Icom on November 3, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Who is DJ Mika Raguaa?

In Trinidad for just over a year, DJ Mika Raguaa (Dominika Tux) has been making quite a name for herself, especially for her mixtape productions and recent weekend gigs at the popular Club 63 on Ariapita Avenue. Though born in Poland, Raguaa has familiarised with not just the music but the vibe and lifestyle of T&T and Caribbean people.

Having mastered reggae, dancehall, calypso and soca genres, Raguaa has…

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Added by Icom on November 1, 2017 at 11:34am — No Comments

Campari Teams up with Bunji Garlin and Shensea for Carnival Action!

  International Trinidadian Soca artiste Bunji Garlin and fast-rising dancehall act Shenseea, will be the respective faces of Campari Carnival in the Caribbean, for the 2018 season. The hit-makers have inked deals to act as individual Campari Brand Ambassadors throughout the Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad &…

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Added by Icom on November 1, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Cayman Pirates Week [VIDEO]

Perhaps no other Caribbean nation celebrates its pirate legends and cultural heritage quite like the Cayman Islands, which erupts into a festival of spectacle and pageantry during our annual Pirates Week in November.

 

Pirates Week 2017 will start on Thursday 9th November and finish up on Monday 13th November (a Cayman Islands bank holiday) and will be another five fun filled…

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Added by Icom on November 1, 2017 at 11:20am — No Comments

A different kind of Fest

The company behind a controversial sex and drugs holiday has revealed what customers will actually get on the four-day break.

The holidays are offered by a group named the Good Girls Company, which is advertising a trip between November 24 and 27 on a mystery Caribbean island.…

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Added by Icom on November 1, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

A Carnival is born!

On Sunday 3 September, following two years’ preparation involving local groups and artists, Hull, City of Culture, hosted the city’s inaugural Hull International Carnival. The parade set off from King Edward Square, and moved through the town centre to finish at Queens Gardens. There were giant sea shells blasting soca rhythms, live samba bands, Rampage Mas costumes and participants from the city’s many diverse communities. The carnival was directed by…

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Added by Icom on October 28, 2017 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Soca Music Awards set to return in 2018

The Soca Music Awards will return in 2018, prompted by concerns voiced by artists that there’s been nothing reflecting what’s taking place within the UK soca arena. Soca News publisher and SMA promoter Joseph Charles said, “Promoting the culture is not always an easy road, but it’s necessary, so we are stepping back into the ring”. To keep updated about the awards, please sign up to the newsletter at…

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Added by Icom on October 28, 2017 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Antigua & Barbuda reaches 36



The twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda will celebrate its 36th year of independence on Wednesday 1 November. Antigua and Barbuda became an associated state on 27 February, 1967. The islands gained full independence from the United Kingdom on 1 November, 1981, when the Right Honourable Vere Cornwall Bird Sr, known affectionately as ‘Papa Bird’, becoming the first Prime Minister. On that day the Union Jack was finally…

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Added by Icom on October 28, 2017 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Anyone ever been to Crucian Christmas Carnival?

A month long celebration, the Crucian Christmas Carnival (or Crucian Christmas Festival) incorporates modern day celebrations of long standing traditions. These holiday traditions date back to at least the early 1800s when enslaved Africans were allowed time off to celebrate Christmas, and they made the most of this time off by celebrating.…

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Added by Icom on October 25, 2017 at 6:06pm — No Comments

2017 Carnival Budget Slashed for Sugar Mas!

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Less than a month before the launch of Sugar Mas 46, the carnival budget has been slashed by over 60%.



WINN FM understands that in prior years the government allotted EC $3 million to the Carnival Committee to put on the national carnival. This year, the Committee will have to work with just $1 million, a 66% hair cut.



The budget cut was…

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Added by Icom on October 25, 2017 at 5:57pm — No Comments

10 Day Fete comes to an end in Zimbabwe

Beverley Sibanda wows fans at the carnival

Zimbabweans momentarily forgot about bank queues and cash shortages, as they partook in a 10-day merrymaking fête, where public drinking was permissible and Harare was teeming with all sorts of people, but it is over now, as the curtain came down on the Harare International Carnival, yesterday.

While Zimbabweans are reeling from the economic crisis, the carnival was a merry-making…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Miami Carnival 2017 Ole Talk



Only Child.


So Miami Carnival is over and now it is time for the ole talk, a play by play of my adventures at this event. This year, sadly, I did…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

How do you pull off the perfect Carnival costume? We asked an expert.

If you ever balked at the idea of paying top dollar for a Tory Burch one-piece or an Agua Bendita bikini, then imagine if you had to invest a small fortune on the skimpiest of outfit you ever owned.  Add to that the fact that you might only wear it once in your life. That’s part of the game when it comes to Carnival.

Permanand has designed costumes from Trinidad to Toronto and everywhere in between. He…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Wyclef to join the Miami Carnival Parade to celebrate his Carnival III album

Wyclef to join the Miami Carnival Parade to celebrate his Carnival III album

MIAMI – Internationally acclaimed artist Wyclef will be participating in the Miami Carnival parade to celebrate his new album: Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.

“Carnival III is more than just an album. It’s a celebration of what…

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Added by Icom on October 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Country and Food & Rum Festivals Update for St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – In February of 2017 The Events Company of St. Lucia Inc. (ECSL) launched the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival, which kicked off with Saint Lucia Jazz, followed by Roots & Soul in June, and Carnival in July.

ECSL is currently preparing to stage the Blues Festival from September 28th to 29th, 2017 at the Sandals Halcyon…

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Added by Icom on September 26, 2017 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Six Weeks To Go Until 6th Barbados Open Water Festival – Survives Hurricanes

Barbados has been extremely fortunate and remains largely unaffected by the passage of several major hurricanes through the Caribbean.  Barbados did experience some heavy rainfall, rough seas and power outages as Hurricane Maria passed 100 miles north of the island. Residents and businesses in Barbados are already involved in relief efforts for neighboring islands, donating critical supplies and money, in the…

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Added by Icom on September 26, 2017 at 12:05pm — No Comments

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