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Caribbean artist breaks his silence as international music heavyweights benefit from Caribbean’s culture and sound

Beyonce Knowles is this month, the talk of the town.

The Internet remains abuzz, singing her praise for a job well done at the recent Coachella music festival, in California. The Caribbean meanwhile, is pretty quiet and one man who’s been a part of the entertainment landscape for some time, thinks there’s no reason why this cultural hub, should ever be quiet.

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Added by Icom on April 20, 2018 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Experience ‘carnival’ at the Ulrich’s spring exhibition opening

Although the weather forecast calls for rain this weekend, the Ulrich Museum of Art is inviting everyone to experience a warmer climate through the music, dance, parade, and pageantry of the Caribbean.

The Ulrich spring exhibition “En Mas: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean” opens at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The show…

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Added by Icom on April 19, 2018 at 10:43am — No Comments

Ochi Carnival A Growing Brand

In this steadfast and recently expanded carnival segment of the entertainment industry, aficionados have focused much of their attention on patrons in and around the nation's capital.

However, two event promoters noticed a void and decided to do something about it.

"While the carnival in Kingston was good, people outside of Kingston found it hard to participate,"…

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Added by Icom on April 19, 2018 at 10:40am — No Comments

Soca Detox With Nana's Kitchen

Carnival season in Jamaica has finally elapsed and a sense of normality is beginning to return to the country. After several weeks of non-stop partying, it is imperative for us to get rid of all the excess alcohol that comes with the season. According to Marianna, founder of Nana's Kitchen, which is a plant-based vegan blog & recipe developer, excess alcohol is known to dehydrate the body and overwork the liver. "It may be common to wake up with…

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Added by Icom on April 19, 2018 at 10:32am — No Comments

It's Carnival Time in the USVI

Hurricane Maria did not impede the Crucian Christmas Festival, so whoever thought Hurricane Irma would have stalled the territory’s carnival in Charlotte Amalie this year — the U.S.V.I.’s premier cultural event — must not be acquainted with the resiliency of Virgin Islanders, and the reveling spirit indwelling Caribbean people.

Yes, it’s carnival in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and although some activities have…

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Added by Icom on April 18, 2018 at 10:54am — No Comments

First EDM music festival ends on high note

Over 1,000 visitors from Canada and the US decended on Barbados for five-days of non-stop partying and activity at the first ever Vujaday Music Festival – an exposition of house and electronic dance music.

The festival, which ran from April 4 – 8, was held at six unique locations across the island: Nikki Beach in St Peter, Bellevue Plantation and Pirate’s Cove Bay in St Michael, the…

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Added by Icom on April 15, 2018 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Soca fanatic keeps coming back

Although he has never been in the actual parade, O'Neil Smith has been revelling on the sidelines of carnival Road March for the past 17 years.

"I have been to all of the events leading up to Road March but me never buy a costume and join in. But it feels nice to be mixing with the rich every year," he said.

Giving The STAR his best recollections of the soca…

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Added by Icom on April 15, 2018 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Soca opportunities arise for dancehall artistes

Soca and calypso have always been the foundation of carnival in the Caribbean and have always succeeded to trigger a feel-good attitude and put everybody in the mood to support the events of the season.

The…

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Added by Icom on April 12, 2018 at 12:37pm — No Comments

A Trini's view of Carnival in Jamaica

Jumping through the streets of Kingston, Jamaica yesterday with the Bacchanal Jamaica band, I was struck by the sight of something that has almost disappeared from the streets of Port-of-Spain – spectators.

All along the ‘hip strip’, through Halfway Tree and New Kingston, crowds lined the streets, ogling the masqueraders, dancing to the music, following the bands. It reminded me of the reason I fell in love…

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Added by Icom on April 12, 2018 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Jamaica becoming a soca kingdom - Tourism and Entertainment Ministries say Carnival growing in island

Officials within the Tourism and Entertainment Ministries are happy with the growth of carnival in Jamaica, and believe the development will not slow down anytime soon.

Speaking with The STAR during the Road March on Carnival Sunday, State Minister in the Entertainment Ministry, Alando Terrelonge, said having witnessed a strong showing by the three bands this year, he believes the soca scene is poised to…

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Added by Icom on April 12, 2018 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Soca stars find fertile ground in Jamaica's Carnival

As Carnival in Jamaica gets into third gear, the island is seeing an increase in soca stars arriving for the celebrations which culminate on Sunday, April 8.

Among those that have already arrived from Trinidad and Tobago are: Machel Montano, soca’s biggest star, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Kees Dieffenthaller, Linky First and Patrice Roberts.

Shal Marshall,…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2018 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Cayman soca monarch Andrea Rivera heads to Jamaica for carnival

Reigning Cayman Islands soca monarch Andrea Rivera is eagerly anticipating her participation in this year's carnival in Jamaica. 

"I am really looking forward to it, I have my costume and I will be in the Xodus ban;, my costume was gifted to me so I want to bring my Puerto Rican-Caymanian energy to Jamaica!" an excited Andrea Rivera said. 

Xodus Carnival is a…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2018 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Caribbean dance music’s new Vanguard

BLASÉ Vanguard’s Caribbean dance music song Mama has been included on a fund-raising music compilation released by the edgy UK-based record label and feminist creative collective Femme Culture for the UN Women HeForShe campaign. The collection includes work from musicians from around the work. It was released on March 7 for International Women’s Day 2018.

Meanwhile, the young producer’s song Dahlin’ is…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2018 at 1:26pm — No Comments

DSE boss makes successful first step into soca

Soca artiste Destra Garcia (centre) poses with Michael Ammar Jr., (left), director, Bacchanal Jamaica and Joe Bogdanovich, CEO of Reggae Sumfest and Downsound Entertainment (DSE), at the Press Launch at the DSE New Kingston head office, recently.

CEO of Downsound Entertainment (DSE) Joe Bogdanovich has successfully added soca to his repertoire by minting a partnership with Bacchanal Jamaica for…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2018 at 1:20pm — No Comments

An In-Depth Conversation with Soca King Machel Montano On His New Documentary

The Trinidadian soca legend holds nothing back reflecting on his career in the film "Machel Montano: Journey of a Soca King."

Machel Montano is synonymous with soca music. Entering the industry at age 9, he has grown…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2018 at 1:17pm — No Comments

UK pan players invade Trinidad for Panorama 2018

The trend for UK pan players attending Trinidad Carnival to take part in their Panorama has been happening for decades. Shamefully – as a steelpan industry person – I hadn’t attended until this year, and this was a spontaneous trip made as a result of watching Renegades Steel Orchestra on TV in the UK at the Trinidad Panorama Semi-Finals. Their arrangement of the song Year For Love is my 2018 anthem, and I’m addicted to this…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2018 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Bashment Soca competition goes global with $125,000 grand prize

Artistes from around the world can vie for a chance to be crowned the International Bashment Soca Monarch on July 6, and to walk away with the Bds$125,000 grand prize.

4D Entertainment, the producers of the Yello Bashment Soca Monarch competition, has announced that this year’s competition will be open to artistes from across…

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Added by Icom on April 3, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Silent Morning is on for Jamaica’s Carnival

Following numerous requests, the highly anticipated event which has become a staple in the Caribbean & North-American Carnival calendars is finally making its first appearance in scenic Jamaica on April 5. 

In the last decade, Silent Morning, the annual ‘breakfast boat ride party’ and cooler cruise concept has literally and figuratively made waves within the Caribbean islands and diaspora with landmark…

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Added by Icom on March 29, 2018 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Campari increases Carnival in Jamaica presence

The world’s most stylish drink, Campari, continues to be at the forefront of everything Carnival in the Caribbean, with a robust Carnival in Jamaica season to follow-up from their successful run for Trinidad Carnival 2018.

For their Trinidad Carnival Road March debut, Campari poured from their bars and trucks in the immensely popular Tribe, Tribe Rogue, Fantasy and Entice bands respectively, in addition to…

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Added by Icom on March 29, 2018 at 4:12pm — No Comments

The 2018 NGC Bocas Lit Festival Coming to the Caribbean in April

Need a literary justification to visit the Caribbean this spring? Consider the NGC Bocas Lit Festival, taking place in downtown Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. Billed as the region’s premier literature festival, the Lit Fest is devoted to developing and promoting Caribbean authors by hosting five lively days of author panels, workshops, film screenings, and performances. Held at the National Library and Old Fire Station, the festival will run…

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Added by Icom on March 28, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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