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Calypso Missing From Local Carnival - Legendary ­Calypsonians Still Welcome The ­Genre’s Evolution

Originating in Trinidad and Tobago, calypso music, or kaiso, is characterised by social or political commentary and/or satirical lyrics sung to ballad-style rhythms. This quickly became the soundtrack of the twin island’s carnival celebrations. As with many Caribbean cultures, various elements of calypso, or its subgenres, soca and ragga soca, have been adapted into other musical genres across the region, and continue to contribute to its…

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Added by Icom on April 15, 2019 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Charlotte’s Caribbean community heats up summer with Carnival

Back in 2000, the Charlotte Caribbean Festival Association began showcasing the area’s growing island community with its annual Charlotte Caribbean Festival. Now a new organization — the Charlotte Caribbean Carnival Association — looks to bring the sights, sounds and soul of a weeklong Afro-Caribbean Carnival to Charlotte on June 22-29 during National Caribbean American Heritage Month.

Instead of thinking…

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Added by Icom on April 15, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

7 Things To Know About Antigua Carnival, The Caribbean's Greatest Summer Festival

Antigua Carnival_The Caribbean's Greatest Summer Festival. All across the Caribbean, hundreds of major events are held each year. These events include colorful carnivals and a range of festivals focusing on art, music, food, rum, film, sports, etc. which showcase the Caribbean region’s rich culture and heritage. One of the more popular carnivals is the Antigua Carnival which has been held for over sixty years and brands itself as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.…

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Added by Icom on April 15, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

French carnival workers riot over Le Mans fairground space

Carnival workers have gone on a rampage during a fourth day of protests in the French city of Le Mans over the location designated for an annual fun fair.

The workers are angry that the city relegated fairground space for the carnival to the periphery of Le Mans.

TV channel France 3…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2019 at 5:47pm — No Comments

Xodus to kick-start its carnival season with Envyous

Epican and Xodus have joined forces to amplify the carnival season. The first event coming out of the partnership, dubbed 'Envyous', will be hosted at Epican Lounge at the Market Place tomorrow.

The mixer kick-starts Xodus' 2019 campaign as it brings revellers together for a one-of-a-kind party event.

Envyous is expected to be a high-energy soca event in…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2019 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Jewish Caricatures at Belgian Carnival Set Off Charges of Anti-Semitism

AALST, Belgium — In Aalst, a small city northwest of Brussels, the Carnival parade is the main event of the year, where everyone and everything is mercilessly mocked, and drunkenness and a lack of taste are part of the mix.

But this year, floats that the townspeople regarded as…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2019 at 5:30pm — No Comments

There is Carnival in the Caribbean for almost every month of the year

With Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival in the bag for 2019, some Carnival lovers may be already pining for next year.

Good news, turns out you don’t have to wait till next year to wine down low in a fete or parade the streets in a costume.

The Caribbean Carnival circuit has just been activated and almost every island in the region will be staging its own version of…

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Added by Icom on March 23, 2019 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Black Travel Moment Of The Day: These Black Women Got In Full Formation At Trinidad Carnival

From the elaborate costumes to the nonstop fetes and celebrities living their best lives, this year’s carnival celebration in Trinidad was definitely one for the history books.

But the standout stars of this year’s festivities were a group of Black women who represented the definition of #BlackGirlMagic. The theme of carnival’s Soca Brainwash fete was The 70s: Peace,…

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Added by Icom on March 23, 2019 at 11:11pm — No Comments

Soca music on the rise in Finland

Soca music is so infectious, even fans in the chilly city of Helsinki, Finland have joined Mr Killa's call to ‘run with it’.

A group of Finnish DJs and music lovers have begun hosting soca parties which have found a niche within the Finnish music scene. Video footage shared online showed a recent soca party which had soca lovers dancing to Mr Killa's 'Run With It'. …

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Added by Icom on March 23, 2019 at 11:07pm — No Comments

Carnival visitors receive welcome reception at Piarco Int'l Airport

Scores of persons visiting Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival 2019 received a warm welcome at the Piarco International Airport on Wednesday.

The Airports Authority, Tourism Trinidad Limited, Caribbean Airlines and the National Carnival Commission joined together to stage a welcome reception for visitors.

Arriving visitors were greeted at the International Arrivals…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:51pm — No Comments

New Band of the Year category surprises bandleaders

Some bandleaders have expressed surprise over the new Overall Band of the Year title.

Bandleaders of The Lost Tribe, Tribe, Ronnie and Caro and K2K have all expressed surprise over the new category which was won by K2K.

K2K is the winner of the Medium Band category.

According to the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:49pm — No Comments

More than 200 fetes: Best season ever, says promoters

Despite an economic downturn in the country, Trinidad and Tobago appears not to lack for entertainment or an active night life scene as 2019 saw more than 200 fetes for the Carnival season.

The Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association (TTPA) has hailed Carnival 2019 as one of the most successful festival seasons to date.

As a cosmopolitan society, Carnival…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Shorter Trinidad and Tobago Carnival from 2020?

The National Security Ministry in Trinidad and Tobago is looking into having earlier cutoff times for Carnival festivities to ensure the safety and security of citizens.

The suggestion to have an earlier conclusion of Carnival Tuesday festivities follows a decision by Police Commissioner Gary Griffith to order the premature end of this year’s recently concluded celebrations along Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook,…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:38pm — No Comments

More criticism for Mr Killa over Soca Monarch win

On the heels of criticism from chutney singer Nermal "Massive" Gosein, another person is taking issue with the awarding of the 2019 Power Soca Monarch title to Grenada native Mr Killa. 

Mr Killa (Hollis Mapp) won the title on Friday night after performing his hit song "Run Wid It" to an enthusiastic crowd.

Despite an outpouring of…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Lil Kim, Mya, & Chilli Are Sizzling In Trinidad For The Carnival Festival In The Caribbean

In addition to turning up, the ladies may have also been filming their new VH1 show.



It's Carnival season in Trinidad, and songstress Mya made her way to the island to join in on the festivities. The singer posted photos of her Carnival fit on Instagram and the golden-winged and crowned ensemble made her fans' jaws drop. "Thank you Trinidad!," Mya wrote on Instagram.…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Cops able to keep Carnival 2019 safe Griffith lauds Famalay effort

Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young yes­ter­day laud­ed the T&T Po­lice Ser­vice for their ef­forts for Car­ni­val, say­ing they achieved an ap­prox­i­mate­ly 95 per cent of­fi­cer turnout which con­tributed to this year’s safe Car­ni­val.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter vis­it­ing the So­cadrome at the Jean Pierre Com­plex, Mu­cu­rapo, yes­ter­day, Young…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Ashanti Lived Her Best Life At Trinidad Carnival And We're Absolutely Jealous

Carnival in Trinidad is a vibe, and from the looks of it no one had a better time at the annual event this year than Ashanti.…

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Added by Icom on March 9, 2019 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Cops flood beaches for Carnival

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Kaz­im Ho­sein says there will be a heavy po­lice pres­ence at all ma­jor beach­es dur­ing the Car­ni­val sea­son, start­ing from yes­ter­day and end­ing Ash Wednes­day.

Say­ing not every­body cel­e­brat­ed Car­ni­val, Ho­sein said many fam­i­lies across T&T spend their Car­ni­val at camps and on coast­lines across the coun­try. “We want…

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Added by Icom on March 1, 2019 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Carnival occupancy high but annual rate declining

HOTELIERS in Port of Spain are reporting high occupancy for Carnival but the annual overall decline has some small operators considering closing down, reported Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) CEO Brian Frontin.

The THRTA, in a release, said hotel-room occupancy for Carnival 2019 for member properties in Port of Spain was 100 per cent for larger properties (100 rooms and over)…

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Added by Icom on March 1, 2019 at 4:08pm — No Comments

TTPS: No drones in Port of Spain for Carnival

The public is reminded that the use of camera drones in Port of Spain and other no-fly zones is prohibited.

In a statement, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said that the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority has designated specific no-fly zones as per Regulation 19 of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority Regulations for general drone operators.…

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Added by Icom on March 1, 2019 at 4:07pm — No Comments

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