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Bunji, Fay-Ann Puts Family First

Soca power couple sync schedules for daughter's sake For more than 15 years, the love of music, performing and being lyrical ambassadors for the country of Trinidad and Tobago, have fortified the union between popular soca artistes Fay-Ann Lyons and Ian 'Bunji Garlin' Alvarez. Together they have mastered the inner workings of the music industry and conquered the many pitfalls associated with it.

As they…

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Added by Icom on December 15, 2018 at 1:57pm — No Comments

Blaxx calls on soca artists and radio personalities to uplift women

Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart believes soca artists have a responsibility to uplift women in song.

Speaking at Terri Lyons’ Listening Party on Monday night, Blaxx, lead vocalist for De All Starz, said he is on a 'woman campaign' this year.

The veteran singer, who has collaborated with Lyons on the song ‘All On De Ground’ said it is time for Caribbean men to big up women…

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Added by Icom on December 15, 2018 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Rebellion band to target road march spectators

Despite the presence of carnival bands like Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca and Xodus, soca monarchs Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin from Trinidad plan to introduce Jamaicans to a new band called Rebellion, which they say will target the road march spectators.…

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Added by Icom on December 10, 2018 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Sekon Sta:‘I was born for this’

“MY name is Sekon Sta because legitimately I am the second star after my father.

"I put the audience first and I have a deep belief in God. I feel as though God first, the legacy first, the people first and then me second. I am but a servant of all of these things.”

This is guiding principle of Nesta “Sekon Sta” Boxill: “Never get too ahead of…

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Added by Icom on December 10, 2018 at 4:37pm — No Comments

It's Xodus ‘to di world’ for Carnival 2019 (TT)

It's Xodus 'to di world'

for Carnival 2019

Carnival chasers and soca music lovers gathered at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre last Saturday to catch a glimpse of what Xodus' band, titled 'Cosmopolitan The World in One Band', has to offer for the upcoming fete season.

At 11:45 p.m., the sounds of…

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Added by Icom on December 10, 2018 at 4:35pm — No Comments

University of West Indies commissioned to complete Carnival impact study

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — A study aimed at understanding the real impact of Carnival to the economy of St. Kitts and Nevis will be commissioned by the Department of Culture through the University of the West Indies (UWI), according to Acting Minister of Culture, the Honourable Eugene Hamilton during the recent opening of Sugar Mas 47.

“You will not see everything in dollar terms, so you need…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:16am — No Comments

Keep Carnival style out of Christmas Parang music

Chairman of the National Nine Mornings Committee Michael Peters is calling for local artistes who produce parang music to stick to the Christmas script.

Peters told SEARCHLIGHT on Wednesday that many soca artistes, calypsonians and other singers are making the transition with their music from Carnival to Christmas, but when they do so, they are not leaving Carnival behind.…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:14am — No Comments

Dancehall Being Embraced In Carnival

The 2019 Carnival season has officially begun. With all three bands in the island expected to roll out their costumes before the end of the month, the soca scene is heating up. As Jamaica gets ready to be transformed into a soca kingdom, the battle lines between soca and dancehall have again been drawn. However, this time, the discussion involving both genres, surrounds how much dancehall has grown in the carnival space.…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:12am — No Comments

New Carnival Band To Start A 'Rebellion' - Soca Monarchs To Launch Revolutionary Band In Jamaica Carnival

Carnival has been defined in many ways. The word has been used to describe a celebration of culture, an explosion of colour, and an expression of freedom in the guise of a festival. For the newest band on the block One World Rebellion or Rebellion for short - it's all that and more.

The band is spearheaded by soca monarchs and recording artistes Fay-Ann Lyons and her husband, Bunji Garlin, out of the…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 11:08am — No Comments

30+ new fetes to debut for Carnival 2019

You know Carnival is in the air when the first edition of the fete calendar drops.

Copies are made and posted on your office wall so you know at a glance which pump you and the crew are heading to. Whatsapp groups start buzzing about who's organising the maxi. Old "friendships" are rekindled with that one committee friend who has all the links. 

We have a long…

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Added by Icom on December 1, 2018 at 10:57am — No Comments

Dominican Bouyon star looks to T&T Carnival

Grenada's Jab Jab music, St Lucia's Dennery Segment and Barbados' Bashment Soca have all succeeded at some point or the other in finding a place in Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival.

Now, Bouyon stars from Dominica are eyeing the T&T market with hopes of establishing their genre of music here.…

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Added by Icom on November 23, 2018 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Lucian Motto expands repertoire with T&T 2019 Carnival riddims

He has made his name as the premier producer for St Lucia’s Dennery Segment but Lashley Winter, known in the biz as Motto, doesn’t want to be pigeonholed.

That’s why he will be releasing two groovy soca riddims for Trinidad and Tobago’s 2019 Carnival.

“I don’t want soca audience to be used to me just doing Dennery Segment and slack vibes. I want to broaden…

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Added by Icom on November 23, 2018 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Five Questions To Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

Trinidad and Tobago soca songstress Fay-Ann Lyons makes it her duty to continue the legacy of her father - veteran calypsonian Superblue. Having been exposed to music from childhood, her passion to create and share that love for her culture came naturally. As a singer, songwriter and fitness aficionado, Lyons has broken a number of barriers and bridged a few gaps in the soca community, being one of the few female twin-island entertainers to win the Carnival Road March crown more than… Continue

Added by Icom on November 23, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Carnival 2019: Soca Brainwash sells out, Central Bank cancels fete

While one Carnival fete is already sold out online for 2019, another popular fete will not be on the calendar as it has been cancelled.

On Tuesday, DJ Private Ryan’s fete Soca Brainwash sold out within hours after tickets went on sale.

However, many patrons, as in previous years, complained about the ticket site, Ticket Gateway, crashing under the volume of…

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Added by Icom on November 21, 2018 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Touch Vodka to make its debut at Trinidad Carnival

There’s a new vodka brand set to hit Caribbean shores just in time for Carnival.

Touch Vodka is an award-winning vodka brand that has mastered the ability to fuse intricate festive mixes and is made from honey. It's manufactured by Fat Dogs Spirits, a craft distillery located in Florida. 

Dubbed as the “liquid aphrodisiac,” the line features one…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Touch Vodka to make its debut at Trinidad Carnival

There’s a new vodka brand set to hit Caribbean shores just in time for Carnival.

Touch Vodka is an award-winning vodka brand that has mastered the ability to fuse intricate festive mixes and is made from honey. It's manufactured by Fat Dogs Spirits, a craft distillery located in Florida. 

Dubbed as the “liquid aphrodisiac,” the line features one…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Windrush: A Celebration review – a devastating carnival with black music

Barbican Hall, London

Curated by Anthony Joseph, this London jazz festival event offered a powerful mix of reggae, soca, Afrobeat, soul, jazz and the written word, with a strong undercurrent of righteous anger.…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Antigua Carnival 2019 Launch

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the National Festivals Commission held a launch event for Antigua Carnival 2019 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London on Thursday 8 November. The occasion served as an introduction to Antigua Carnival, the 10 day celebration that takes place from the end of July until the beginning of August and is billed as, “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival”.…

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Added by Icom on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New ‘surprising events’ planned for Sugar Mas 47

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- Plans have been announced to enlarge St. Kitts and Nevis Sugar Mas 47 to include the usual popular events, such as beauty pageants and calypso shows and add activities that cater to all groups in society have been announced by Chairman of the St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival Committee Noah Mills.

“Fringe activities make up a very important part of Carnival…

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Added by Icom on November 15, 2018 at 1:02pm — No Comments

Ready Up Tobago! 2019 Is Your Epic Carnival Year! Here’s Why….

As public outcry intensifies for Trinidad and Tobago’s government to diversify the economy and place a bit more emphasis on Tourism, and brand Tobago, one promoter is doing his part to ensure the world knows that Tobago is an amazing destination, worth…

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Added by Icom on November 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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