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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.…Continue
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PARIS – 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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
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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'. …Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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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,…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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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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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…Continue
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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)…Continue
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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.…Continue
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