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a media conference at the Ministry of Finance yesterday evening, Imbert said statements that the ministry had withdrawn…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


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The Trinidad & Tobago Calendar of Events for Carnival 2018

Added by Icom on January 3, 2018 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Female Soca artists talk on being a woman in the industry

The soca industry is such a fast-paced, ever-evolving arena, similar to its artists.

Although the industry is male-dominated, female artists have been holding their own and blazing their own trails over the years. However, the reality is that there are some situations that women face that their male counterparts don’t.



Added by Icom on January 3, 2018 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Patti LaBelle, Lauryn Hill Sign on to St Kitts Music Festival

One of the Caribbean’s hottest music festivals is returning in 2018 with another star-studded lineup.

The St Kitts Music Festival has announced that music superstars Patti LaBelle and Lauryn Hill have already signed on for the event, which will take place June 27 to July 1.

“I am extremely pleased to have such popular artists join the roster for the 2018 St.…


Added by Icom on January 1, 2018 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Carnival’s in the Air. Ladies Night Out Promises Massive Cast and All Inclusive Fun in 2018

What began over a decade ago as a show providing a space for women to let loose and imbibe in soca music without any inhibitions whatsoever, while serving as a platform for soca artistes to showcase their music in an intimate setting, within a huge venue, has over time developed into an internationally sought after mega event.

The Ladies Night Out MEGA Concert (LNO) concert conceptualised by Randy Glasgow…


Added by Icom on January 1, 2018 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Celebrate with Scratcherman Cyril Khamai in January

Known as “the gentle man with a big smile”, Cyril Khamai has been a quiet but ubiquitous presence at Notting Hill Carnival for as long as most of us can remember and he’s still going strong. At the launch of the Calypso Heritage Project on 27 October, there was Cyril once again. As ever, he kept out of the limelight, providing that essential rhythm and lighting up the Tabernacle with his smile. …


Added by Icom on January 1, 2018 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Playground TT unveils the ‘Ultimate Carnival Calendar

An interactive guide to Carnival 2018 is now live on the website www.playground.TT

The company says its Ultimate Carnival Calendar “is set to disrupt the way residents of TT, our diaspora and other visitors to the islands discover where to fete, lime, play mas and enjoy cultural activities during Carnival 2018 and beyond.”…


Added by Icom on December 29, 2017 at 4:43pm — No Comments

$7.2m for Carnival 2018

THE TOBAGO House of Assembly has approved a budget of $7.2 million for Tobago Carnival 2018, with the Inter Department Calypso and Personality Competitions launching the season.

Chairman of the Tobago Carnival Committee George Leacock said the primary focus of Carnival 2018 is to “re-ignite a passion for culture and the arts on the island while rebuilding the…


Added by Icom on December 29, 2017 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Kenna T unleashes Animal for Carnival 2018

As T&T’s Carnival 2018 approaches with the intensity of a high speed jet, a delightful collection of new soca songs has descended upon the airwaves and online spaces.

Adding to this mix is multi-talented artiste Kenna T who has released one of the first power soca tracks of the season entitled Animal.

The energy-filled track was written by Kenna T (Corey Mc…


Added by Icom on December 26, 2017 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Retrial set for Machel Montano, Kernal Roberts

The Court of Appeal has granted a retrial to soca sensation Machel Montano and Producer Kernal Roberts in their challenge of their 2013 convictions.

Montano was found guilty of assaulting Gerard Bowrin, Janelle Lee Chee, Brandis Browne and Russell Pollonais while Roberts was found guilty of assaulting Browne and Pollonais. Montano was ordered to pay compensation totaling $13,500 and fines in the sum of…


Added by Icom on December 21, 2017 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Iwer George promises to deliver Road March hit on Boxing Day

Soca veteran Neil 'Iwer' George is promising to deliver a revolutionary soca track to his fans on Boxing Day after a 17-year hiatus from participating in the event. 

In 2000, Iwer released 'Carnival Come Back Again' where he placed second to Super Blue in that year's Soca Monarch competition.

That year, he tied with Super Blue for the Road March competition after…


Added by Icom on December 21, 2017 at 8:44pm — No Comments


4 – 8 April, 2018 will see the Caribbean island of Barbados graced with a new week-long destination music and art celebration, Vujaday Music Festival.

An event of this scale has yet to take place in Barbados and is meant to create unforgettable experiences for locals and travellers alike, giving the former a chance to experience DJs from around the world, while those new to the island will…


Added by Icom on December 21, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Trinidad Carnival 2K18… the drama continues

With Trinidad Carnival 2018 soon upon us preparations continue apace alongside the expected debates and disagreements. Currently, the National Carnival Commission (NCC) which ran the mas strand of Carnival in 2016 and 2017 has no mas representative on its new board which was installed in November. 

The Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly recently gave the…


Added by Icom on December 20, 2017 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Soca returns to South with Big Bad Soca and Cardi B

Sokah music was created in Piparo, South Trinidad by the late Garfield “Ras Shorty I” Blackman in the late 1970s, but since then, the genre has evolved, matured and has largely been promoted, celebrated and marketed up North in the capital city of Port-of-Spain.

Over 30 years have passed since this hybrid music form originated, but in 2018, Jay Upscale and 66 Entertainment are collaborating to bring soca…


Added by Icom on December 20, 2017 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Have you ever heard of Cha-lypso?

In Trinidad in the fifties, Latin music was popular, both mambos and cha cha chas. In fact, many of the earliest steelpan recordings were mambos.

Thus, a crossing of calypso and Latin music was inevitable but when it came in the US just after the Calypso Craze, it had little calypso left. It was called chalypso and excited no interest.

Dick Clark always asked the…


Added by Icom on December 20, 2017 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Pan returning to the carnival fete scene

In addition to being “a nice way to highlight the steelpan at a different level,” Paninclusive—Pan Lime in D City, presented by Epic  Events & Marketing Solutions, is offering a scholarship for a young pan musician to study music at the tertiary level in T&T.

“This year’s recipient will be a member of reigning Panorama champion Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra,” said Joanne Phillips,…


Added by Icom on December 20, 2017 at 5:48pm — No Comments

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