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Jamaica’s Largest Music Festival Reggae Sumfest Announces 2018 Lineup

For over a quarter of a century as the Caribbean’s largest long-standing music festival, Reggae Sumfest returns to Montego Bay, Jamaica with a heavy-hitting artist lineup featuring the world’s top reggae and dancehall artists.

Friday night (July 20) is the ultimate dancehall takeover with…

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

St Lucia to host the 15th Annual International Soca Awards

Soca Awards Ltd. would be presenting its 15th Annual International Soca Awards (iSA 15) in St Lucia, on Tuesday 10th, July 2018.

Under the auspices of Senator the Honourable Fortuna Belrose, Minister for Local Government and Culture and the Honourable Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Celebrating its (15)…

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Added by Icom on March 28, 2018 at 2:57pm — No Comments

11 Caribbean Events to Travel for in 2018

Despite needing time to to recover from an onslaught of hurricanes last fall, the Caribbean hosted more than 30 million tourists in 2017—a record—and it's ready for more. Consider this your cultural calendar for the region; we'd happily book a flight to attend any of the food festivals, regattas, or Hamilton performances. Book a trip that does some good. All you have to do? Show up and spend your tourist dollars.…

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Added by Icom on March 25, 2018 at 10:47pm — No Comments

26 breweries featured at North Fulton beer festival in April

A beer festival is coming to north Fulton County.

On April 14, Milton’s City Hall Plaza will play host to the 2018 Big South Beer Festival.

Preceding the festival will be a craft beer competition at Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub, where beers will be judged in 15 categories on April 7. At the beer fest…

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Added by Icom on March 25, 2018 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Sokafit takes flight as T&T fitness system goes international

For the last three months, I have been a part of the Sokafit BodyMORPH programme, a three-month fitness programme that incorporates weight training, nutrition advice and twice-weekly Sokafit classes.

The programme is an offshoot of Sokafit, a fitness system created by media personality Lisa Wickham and her business partner Sheldon Felix.

As the name implies, the…

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Added by Icom on March 24, 2018 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Love and Hip Hop star Safaree is hitting Trinidad

Gird your loins ladies, Safaree is making his way to Trinidad. 

The Love and Hip Hop star--and Nicki Minaj's ex--made the announcement of his visit via his Instagram early Tuesday, stating that he'll be hosting 'Love & Hennessy Trini' at Vas Nightclub. 

The event will be held on Saturday, April 7, along with DJs Akeem 5.0, Selector Myles and Selector…

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Added by Icom on March 21, 2018 at 11:19am — No Comments

Nashville hosts its first Caribbean Carnival

Most of us associate Nashville, Texas with Stetsons, cowboy boots and country music. But on Saturday 19 May all of this will change, when Nashville hosts its first ever Caribbean carnival.

The event, which is being promoted as Nashville Carnival and Caribbean/South American Food Festival, will be held at Cumberland Park, 592 South 1st Street, Nashville, 37213. The first official band launch will…

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Added by Icom on March 21, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

Soca Artists we Love: Nailah Blackman

The granddaughter of the founder of Soca, Garfield Blackman aka Ras Shorty, Nailah Blackman burst onto the soca scene in 2017 by force. 

She debuted with Kees Dieffenthaller on the song 'Work Out' then blazed a trail of her own with songs such as 'Bailah Mami', 'Badish' with Shenseea and the ode to her grandfather 'Sokah'.

Billed as the artist most likely to go…

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Added by Icom on March 21, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Jamaica 2018 Carnival: Where to eat in Kingston

Carnival season is just around the corner and soon it will be time to party! But having a fantastic time takes energy and so it’s important to keep refueling. Here’s a selection of the restaurants and cafes Kingston has to offer hungry revelers.  

Breakfast

Two great breakfast spots are Eleni's Bakery in Sovereign North Plaza and Tea Tree…

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Added by Icom on March 15, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Trinidad: Dwight Yorke being sued by soca monarch

Former Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke is being sued by reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal for the non-payment of a TT$250,000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) loan.

Yorke, 46, was reportedly loaned the money in March last year to assist in a financial bind.

In the court documents filed last week, Chatelal claimed that…

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Added by Icom on March 15, 2018 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Soca artists we love: Kees Dieffenthaller

Kees Dieffenthaller is known jokingly in Trinidad and Tobago as the President of the Red Man Association. 

With his boyish good looks and sweet vocals, the frontman for Kes the Band has proven to be a force in Caribbean music, constantly pushing the envelope to shape the sound of his music. 

One of the most versatile singers in soca, Kees is known for hits such…

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Added by Icom on March 15, 2018 at 12:13pm — No Comments

7th annual Orlando Caribbean Festival

The 7th annual Orlando Caribbean Festival will take place  March 17 & 18 at the Orlando Amphitheater in the Central Florida Fairground. This event is the destination for all who share a passion for or are looking to explore the Caribbean Culture through its food and music.  The festival promises to be a fun filled atmosphere that is sure to entertain everyone. 

There will also be a culinary preview of…

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Added by Icom on March 13, 2018 at 6:27pm — No Comments

Reggae, Soca On Show At SXSW Interactive Festival

Nineties babies will know the infectious pop hit, Mm-Bop by Hanson, then growing into their teens, may recall the first time (or few) hearing singer-songwriter John Mayer whisper to his lover's wondrous body.

Those two successful pop musicians share more in common than achieving international acclaim. Hanson and Mayer both had career-defining performances at the annual, highly anticipated South by…

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Added by Icom on March 13, 2018 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Back Off Di Road - Lack Of Support Grounds Jamaica Carnival

"We are not the US$200 to US$1,200 carnival," said Julianne Lee, director of Jamaica Carnival.

Regardless of preparations to participate as one of the four bands to take the streets of Kingston on April 8, Lee says a lack of funding has immobilised the Jamaica Carnival team from moving forward with plans.

"Following a meeting with the various officials last year,…

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Added by Icom on March 12, 2018 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Flipo changes name, enjoys exposure on Major Lazer single

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Added by Icom on March 12, 2018 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Church Planning Massive Parade To Counteract Carnival

As a direct counteraction to the annual carnival road march that some say contributes to havoc in Jamaica, the local church community is fine-tuning plans for a massive parade in the Corporate Area on October 27 this year.

The event is months away, but organisers, Maranatha Ministries, anticipate a mega turnout

of thousands from every denomination - an idea…

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Added by Icom on March 12, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Itunes Bazodee

IF you’re searching for something to do this Saturday, how about curling up with a copy of Bazodee via Itunes. When Bazodee was released in 2016 it created a stir among local audiences. The movie, starring reigning Road March King Machel Montano, is now expanding its reach and will be available on the popular Itunes platform from today.

Itunes might just be the first of many spaces you can find the 2016…

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Added by Icom on March 8, 2018 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Aaron wins 5th Chutney Soca title, bows out of the competition

WITH total support from schoolmates of St. George’s College, Aaron Duncan’s experience showed in his performance of Chutney Fire during the 2018 Schools National Carnival Intellectual Chutney Soca Monarch Competition held yesterday at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, PoS.

Duncan really lit up the venue with chutney fire. Speaking with reporters afterwards he said: “I feel great, I feel blessed…

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Added by Icom on March 8, 2018 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Record labels scout Nailah

JUST before young soca artiste Nailah Blackman heads to South by Southwest (SXSW) to perform on March 17, the young artiste is also being scouted by major record labels.

Anson Soverall, Blackman’s manager told Newsday, “During the last week, we have been contacted by numerous record labels. Like numerous. It is a great feeling to know the work is being recognised on an international level. Her songs are…

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Added by Icom on March 8, 2018 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Barrow brings her soca home

SHE performed at many carnivals throughout the United States and now Natasha Barrow is hoping to make her mark in the land of her birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago.

Barrow, also called Tasha, is a soca artiste and songwriter based in the US. She is also the lead vocalist in the band Vybz Evolution. She told Newsday that as a child growing up in south, she often sang at church and other…

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Added by Icom on March 6, 2018 at 3:04pm — No Comments

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